Set of eight identical printed picture cards
Paints/coloured felt tip pens
Teaspoon for shaping
Empty ballpoint pen for shaping and adding fine details
This is fiddly but easy for a beginner who has some patience with getting the details right!
Decoupage glue costs around £1.99 for 30ml; a craft knife set costs less than £5.
Beginners should leave themselves a day to finish this neatly but bear in mind that the varnish takes up to seven days to apply and dry.
Choose your picture cards - for example, a floral subject. The picture is worked from back to front, and the idea is to form a 3d piece of work. The first card will be your bottom layer.
Cut out pieces for the second layer, using a craft knife or sharp scissors. Colour any white edges carefully with felt tip pens then, using silicon glue and a cocktail stick, place them exactly on to the first card.
Do not use too much silicon, but enough to lift the next part of the project. It is easier to drop the layer carefully onto the base then carefully line up exactly using the cocktail stick. Leave to dry.
Cut smaller pieces from card number three, colour edges as before and shape using the back of a teaspoon.
Make veins of leaves by pressing with an empty ballpoint pen on the wrong side of the card. Adhere as before.
Continue with all the remaining cards until the picture is complete and stands out.
Using decoupage varnish, apply a thin coat and cover your work. When this is completely dry, add a second coat and so on until the work appears like porcelain. This usually takes 11 or 12 coats and can take seven days as it is only possible to add varnish three times a day.
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