Madubani - Decoupage

Somu was the one who introduced me to Decoupage and I wanted to try something with it. Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by sticking colored paper cut outs onto it. It could be bits of news paper, color papers, hand painted sheets, interesting patterns on fabric. You could choose any object that needs a totally different look, stick the cut outs onto the object using mod podge (an alternate here in Chennai is decoupage glue/hobby ideas-glue n gloss. You can get it from Hindustan traders, Ananda/RS stores on LB Road or any craft store). Basically the glue acts like varnish. Each layer of cut outs is glued atleast 6-7 times until the 'stuck on' appearance dissappers and the result looks like a collage painting.

Decoupage on a wine bottle
DIY - Madubani - Decoupage

Here is something we tried decoupaging on- a wine bottle. I painted different themes of madhubani (ganesha, peacock, fish, sun, butter fly) in bits of paper of different size and I randomly stuck them on to the bottle. Take care to stick it without any wrinkles to have a better finish. You can use decoupage glue to stick it. Layer it with the same glue and let it dry for 10-15 mins. Repeat this multiple times until you get one smooth finish. I just love the finished product. I got double the pleasure doing this as I learnt two techniques in one- decoupage and madhubani :)

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  1. ரொம்ப நல்லா இருக்கு....
    அருமையான ஆர்ட்

  2. This is very pretty......Great work as usual

  3. Hey this is beautifully done! Must try it, your write-up is very useful!

  4. Hello chithi, thanks :)

    Hi Sowmya, thanks a lot for your kinda words...

    Ambika, you should try... It was indeed lots of fun doing this :) Thanks

    ~ Preethi

  5. oh my gosh!! this needs a lot of patience.. isnt it?? *sigh*

    Wow.. its truly stunning! decoupage is one of those things.. I haven't tried.. But must do. I'll gather some courage!! :-)

  6. Patricia... you bet... The painting part of it is lots of fun...

    But sticking the paper without folds and waiting for the glue to dry before the next coat can be given needs quite some patience ! Its an easy craft... and there is much scope for letting loose one's creativity !

    Thanks for your encouraging comment !

  7. wonderful beautifully u ve utilized it!!!!!

  8. Beautiful. This makes me want to try it out. What a great idea to turn a wine bottle into a colorful vase. Thanks for sharing at Lines Across My Face. I hope to see you again this week.

  9. Hi Nisha, Thanks a lot for the encouraging words :)

    Hi Rachel, Thanks for dropping by, for your lovely comment and for the opportunity to link in !!

  10. this is really cute..keep rocking with awesome creations :)

  11. What a fabulous idea! Totally LOVE it...I might try this real soon.

  12. Can u please email me any Madhubani sketches you might have.. I'd love to try this on a lamp.. :-)

  13. Preethi, I clicked the pic to see it better and it looks so have explained it very well too...

  14. Do you have a steps to do this captured in pics which you can share? I totally love it!

  15. Great job Preethi. I had seen madhubani paintings on bottles in an exhibition. Yours is looking like that only.

  16. Wow, it looks like you have painted on the bottle. You are inspiring me to try it.

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  19. Prithi this is beautiful ...I might try this one :)
    Thanks for dropping by...I had painted on the tiles( and then applied a layer of mod podge on them to act as a sealant.It also gives it a texture and shine .

    1. Thanks a lot Sarmistha. :) Glad you liked it. Your wall art using tiles is a super idea too. I assume you used acrylic on tiles? When you apply mod podge over the paint, doesn't it smudge? I tried something similar on a laptop stand, and I spoilt it :(

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