Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Napkin technique - 1st technique

Don't you know yet the napkins technique? or do you already know it?

I'll try in this post to give you new ideas for your home decoration! Explore the richness of this technique which offers more and more possibilities thanks to an infinite variety of napkins papers. As you've surely noticed my store is specialized with papers with an ethnic flair. It doesn't mean that you cannot use another design. If you love flowers, bears or horses, that would do too!
In order to fully appreciate this napkin technique, I will show you step by step how to do it.
So what do you need for this technique?


Napkins with different patterns- ethnic patterns or not, the choice is yours.

Other materials needed

  • varnish-glue
  • adhesive tape
  • scissors
  • large adhesive tape
  • brushes
  • PVA glue
The supports

This technique can virtually be applied on any kind of surface: cardboard, iron, plastic, glass, polystyrene, wicker, metal, fabric, etc. However the wooden or terra-cotta base give better results. Try to choose light color base or prime in a shade that matches the color of the napkins. The colors of the napkins won't be too different in this case.

There ared different ways of working with the napkins technique. Today we'll see the cut technique.

How to:

1/ Using a pair of scissors cut out the napkin motif along the contours and remove the white layers. Most napkins are either 2-ply or 3-ply.

2/remove the white layers

3/Decide on napkin placement for the project. If you're working on a primed base be sure that the coat is totally dry first! Apply the varnish-glue using a soft brush.

4/ Wet the brush slightly with glue and spread evenly on the surface of the napkin until it is completely covered. Work slowly and be careful not to tear the napkin. Work from the center out towards the edge of the pattern.

5/ Allow to dry

6/ Done!

Always clean brushes with water immediately after use. Depending on quality of the napkins, smudges may appear around the motif. In this case, clean brushes with water frequently. Try a test area first. Do not varnish over the freshly applied motif while it is still wet, as it can easily tear.

Stay tuned for the second technique!

Tips: Sometimes it is difficult to remove the last layer. So use some adhesive tape!

1 commentaires:

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