Thursday, 15 May 2014

Cartini Display thingy - Ladle Holder

Let start with something basic. 
The first few projects are going to be about decoupaging anything. 

To know about Decoupaging : 

Decoupage (or découpage) is the art of decorating an object by gluingcolored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects,gold leaf and so on. Commonly an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers. Each layer is sealed with varnishes (often multiple coats) until the "stuck on" appearance disappears and the result looks likepainting or inlay work. The traditional technique used 30 to 40 layers of varnish which were then sanded to a polished finish.

This is an art form that is supposed to have started around the 12th century by East Siberians, later on around the 18th century, Italians did some crazy stuff with it!! but more on that later!

Lets start with it. 

Cartini Display thingy - : Ladle Holder 

The old useless scissor display stand : 

Materials needed : 

Something that looks like a stand : like what i have used
Fevicol / Mod Podge (universal de-coupage medium, unfortunately near impossible to find in India)
Some patterned paper to use for the decoupage
A squeege or roller (You can even use a window wiper or credit card)
Varnish and 1inch brush for it
Ribbon (to hold up the stand , you may not need it if you are hanging it directly)
Watersheet / Emery paper (to scratch off the pre - existing sticker clean) - it can be found in any hardware shop. Will cost you around 20 to 50 Rs.

Step 1:
Start of by scratching the sticker with the sanding paper (emery sheet).
Measure and cut out the patterned paper and keep it ready. I have used a mild printed handmade sheet here.

Step 2:
Once you are done with that, 
apply Fevicol/Mod Podge evenly on the stand, and stick the paper slowly from one end to the other. 
As soon as you are done with that, use the squeegee to rub down and remove the excess fevicol. Just run it down from one end to the other, it will smoothen the sticking process.


mod podge

Step 3 :
Once you are done sticking the paper on to the stand. Leave it to dry for atleast 30 minutes. 
It should look like this : 

Step 4 : 
After it air dries completely, Coat it twice with varnish to seal the finish. Leave the necessary amount of time to dry between each coat (around 1 hour at least).

Note : A lot of craft sites that teach decoupage will tell you to use either Mod Podge or Fevicol itself to use as the sealant. This is a bad idea, because the finish will not be entirely waterproof. It will still retain a sort of milky white texture. But varnish has a much longer life and is a very good sealant.

Step 5:
Once you are done completely letting the varnish dry, for all purposes, your stand is ready!

This is the part where I used some organza ribbon to make it look more elegant and also tack it up at the same time. 

Voila! you are done!!
A completely useful, strong household stand for the kitchen!

Coming up next : flower vase and storage organizers!