There is no right or wrong way to create a collage. By completing a découpage project, you can transform a boring piece of furniture into a table representative of your creativity and passions. The Artful Crafter suggests if your table is coated with an oil finish, you should strip the first layer---since most découpage adhesives are water-based. Sand the table to remove the oil-based layer and smooth the surface.
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Cover the table's surface with geometric shapes for a simple, contemporary design. Artist Lisa Congdon created 2-inch circles with a specialised hole punch out of origami paper. Experiment with triangles, rectangles or other shapes by placing them on your table and judging what you like best. Use one colour or several matching colours of decorative paper. Apply découpage adhesive on the top and bottom of each shape with a paint brush. Start sticking shapes along the outside edges of the table and allow them to dry for approximately 20 minutes. Work inward, placing each additional ring of shapes. Once all shapes are applied and dry, add two coats of adhesive on top to finish the table.
Board Game Design
Lee Meredith on Craft Stylish discusses how she made a collage table using a vintage game board. If the game board has a paper overlay, gently peel it off with the help of a letter opener or knife. If you accidentally rip the page, you can assemble the pieces back together as you paste them to the table top. Apply the game sheet or thin game board to the table with a découpage adhesive. Surround the game board with pictures from magazines, calendars, postcards, scrapbooking paper and other sources. Overlap pictures for a continuous flow. Meredith recommends applying a polymer gloss finish to the table's surface once all additions are dry.
Rainbow Tile Design
The Craftster site demonstrates a rainbow tile découpage project for a square or rectangular table. Depending on how big your table is, decide if you want four, six, eight or nine tiles. Measure the table's dimensions. For each tile, cut out equal-sized squares of Bristol board so that the tiles will cover the table's surface. Assign a different colour to each tile. For each tile, cut out 50 to 100 squares or rectangles of its corresponding colour from magazine pages. The magazine cutouts do not have to be the same size or the same shade of that colour. For example, if you are creating an orange tile, segments from an orange carnation, fire flames, kumquat and sunset can be used. Cover each Bristol board tile by pasting the corresponding colour cutouts with a glue stick. Apply an adhesive to the table to glue the tiles in place. Once dry, cover the tiles with a découpage adhesive or gloss finish.
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