Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Decoupage

I'm not sure if you can really see the top of this table. But, it's a decoupage I did which is a sort of impression of place-settings of different french-influenced locations or eras from around the world: Paris, Montreal, Provence, Marie Antoinette... It was such fun to make. Decoupage is actually one of my very favorite things to do. The muse strikes me out of the blue every once in a while, and I'm off collecting and cutting paper with a theme that just evolves from somewhere connected to something in my subconscious and an art piece evolves through this medium! I decoupage lamps, boxes of all sizes (several that store my charts and threads), table tops, cocktail tables, and small things. I'd really like to decoupage a screen sometime. Maybe it will be my next project...when the muse hits me. I try to overlap images so that it has a 3-D look. And I underpaint, distress and, as in this table, I over-lay some with goldleaf. (Hard to tell in the photo here.) For some reason, I'm really drawn to pictures of oriental and other handmade rugs...hooked rugs...handmade crafts...things like that in pictures that I can decoupage. One of the famous artists who used decoupage as his medium said that he used contemporary pictures because he wanted to convey the current era. I tend to like to blend the old, the ancient and the art and craft of the handmade of our time. I'm really not fond of "modern or contemporary" as it were. Frankly, I don't think ultra modern really expresses the mind of the majority of our time.
Anyway, hope you enjoy my decoupage!

2 comments:

Katrina said...

The table is really neat! Love it. I don't care for ultra modern either. I like more of an "old European" feel, lots of tapestries, darker wood, big pieces.

Isabelle said...

That is so pretty! It must give you a smile every time you look at it. :)