Lane: Tissue Paper Decoupage

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My name is Lane and I am a decoupage addict – I have decoupaged many different items; picture frames, shop dummy and even the cistern of a toilet. Have glue will decoupage seems to be my motto!

Recently I have been enjoying decoupaging with tissue paper onto glass items. I love the way the texture and depth of colour changes when you layer the paper and this is especially true when I have been using an ombre effect with my jars.

Here is my guide to decoupaging tissue paper glass jars:

Step One: Get ready.

This will work on any glass items but for this one I used glass jars purchased from a supermarket. Charity shops are also a great place to find glass items with the added bonus of the thrill of the hunt!

I use Mod Podge for my decoupage because it is quick and easy and also gives a really good coverage/protection. The final coat of this project was with Mod Podge with glitter because glitter is awesome. #fact.

The tissue paper is just normal tissue paper — just check the colour doesn’t run as that has happened with some tissue paper I got in a pound shop but normally that isn’t an issue.

Step Two: Decoupage!

Rip the tissue paper up. I prefer random shapes and sizes but you can also get an awesome effect by using regular shapes or sizes.

Add the Mod Podge to the jar, place the tissue paper on and then use the brush (with Mod Podge on it) to cover and smooth any bumps. You can also use your fingers to smooth over any bumps and then you get that child-like joy in peeling the glue off your fingers! (or is that just me?)

2017-09-10 11.46.11 Work in progress – with glue not yet dry.


Step Three: Keep going!

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It can be helpful to have a few jars on the go so that while the glue is drying on one end of the jar you can be decoupaging another one. You will find that by using different sides of the tissue paper (there is a rough side and a smooth side) you will have different thickness and by layering up the tissue you can also create different textures and shapes.

Don’t over plan it – which as a self-professed control freak is a big thing for me to say! – I have always found that decoupage is an organic craft and the way the shapes land on the jar will determine how the end jar will look.

2017-09-10 17.11.42 Step Four: The Ombre effect.

I am in love with this effect – I think it is an excellent way to add interest and colour and particular works in longer items such as this jar or a vase. Find three matching colours and my best advice is to start with the lightest colour first.

I would also start at the bottom of the ombre effect and work up – so for the white section start 1/3 of the way down the jar and work up to the lid. This way you will ensure that it is neater and you are less likely to go to far with the white ombre. It is also okay to cover the lighter colour with the dark and this gives you the freedom to decide where each piece of tissue paper goes.

Step Five: Final coat

I always put one final coat of Mod Podge over the decoupage. It probably has enough coverage just by you working on it but I think it gives it a nice finish and allows you to check that you have not missed any bits of the jar (which is easier than you think!)

In this project I used Glitter Mod Podge which adds a subtle effect to the jar without the usual annoyance of getting glitter everywhere for days! (which ALWAYS annoys Mr Lane!)

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And that is it! It is a lovely simply craft that is so much fun to do and I think gives results that are always stunning!

Lane xx

PS Keep an eye on our Folksy store for some of these jars!

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