August 2, 2011

Decoupaging tissue paper

This scares some people because tissue paper is really thin.  But following a few tips, it is easily done.

Here's how I did it for my FHE board redo. First I gathered my supplies:

Supply list: Printed on tissue paper, Mod Podge, surface your decoupaging to, sponge brush, sand block/paper, and not shown, a small container and some water. I watered down my Mod Podge. It's probably not completely necessary, I just like to work with it thinned down for tissue paper. So, using equal parts water and Mod Podge, I made my decoupage medium:

Then I put a very light layer of the medium on the heart surface.

I let that sit a bit (maybe a minute) and then I took my printed tissue and flipped it over.

I then took the heart in my hand and and turned it over. While standing over the tissue, I just eyeballed where I wanted the face to end up on the heart and pressed the heart down on the tissue. (Sticky side of heart to back of tissue paper)

Then I flipped it back over and smoothed out all the bubbles and wrinkles gently with my finger. Then I let it dry for about 30 minutes. Then I carefully applied a thin layer of my decoupage medium on top of the tissue paper and let it dry another 60 minutes.

One thing to take note of, you'll want to wipe and squeeze your brush into a paper towel after decoupaging each picture because some of the ink comes off onto the brush and if you don't clean it up a bit:

... you end up with color streaks. So keep a dry paper towel handy.  I decided to add another light coating of glue. This is a personal choice.  I let them dry for an hour.  Once that dried, I took my X-acto knife and trimmed off the excess. Carefully! Those blades are sharp! It doesn't need to be real close to the wood edge either.

Next I sanded the edges to remove the tissue paper from the edges. This also helps it look like the pictures are part of the wood. I decided to add another light coat of decoupage for a more finished look after sanding. After they dried, they were finished!

Easy, somewhat time consuming, but worth it!

Tips to keep in mind:
  • Make sure your printed image is bigger than the surface you want to decoupage so the image completely covers your surface
  • Laser printers or ink jets with pigmented ink work the best. Images from regular inkjets tend to smear when they get wet
  • Thin your decoupage glue with water - it is easier to apply it to tissue paper
  • Make sure your previous coat of medium is completely dry before you add another layer or you run the risk of tearing your tissue.

Following those tips and giving yourself plenty of time to do your project will help you be successful.  Good luck and please email me if you have any questions!

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Jamie said...

Beautiful. You are a genius. More the Merrier Monday will be open until Wednesday at midnight. I would love for you to stop by and link up your tissue paper project.

Sue said...

I could see those wooden heart photos turned into frig magnets!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Thanks for the tips Kim!! I always thought it would tear... but this looks easy enough!

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