Category : Decoupage


We have the internet, we have mod podge, we have millions of tutorials on decoupage, we know how to make our own glue, we have fellow crafters to turn to, and we are probably only reinventing the wheels. But imagine a time when all this was absolutely not available to us. Am talking about the 80s when all we  probably had was the desire to resourcefully spend our times, but no assistance in terms of tips and tutorials.
Bharani Decoupaged
 Decoupage using Fevicol

This decoupaged Bharani is vintage, comes from the 80s and is the handiwork of Suja Mohan. What really drew me to this project was the idea of decoupage (Passport size photographs) during a time when decoupage was not a known / popular concept at all, at least around here. With just an idea in mind, hear out how Suja Mohan came out with this brilliant finish (with little aid from Doordharshan - Remember that ?)  for her bharani using just Fevicol.
  • I used only fevicol. Can u believe it !
  • I soaked the picture in water for a while and removed the thick paper behind and separated it carefully.
  • Then I let it dry and stuck it onto the jar which was painted with enamel paint (maroon).
  • I then painted the rest of the jar with golden paint. I used black marker to draw some designs all round.
  • I also used a silver pen,which used to be availabe in those days. Now the paint has started peeling off, so i may change the background sometime in the future.
  • After the whole thing was done , I let it dry for a day and then applied clear varnish.
  • As simple as that and I had not even heard of Mod Podge in those days.
I so love this work for the sheer reason that the idea to decoupage completely stemmed from the need to use the photographs on a decorated Bharani. That, I believe, is really a high form of creativity. Agree / Not agree ? Either way leave your comment. This work deserves all your accolades.

About the crafter
Suja Mohan is a Dental Surgeon by qualification, though is more passionate about music and handicrafts of any kind. She is a crafter by heart  and loves working on needlework, glass painting and more. She loves to spend time productively when she is not catering to patients.

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This pickle jar that was given to me recently comes with a lot of legacy. It comes from my Mother-in-Law's collection of traditional pickle containers otherwise known as Jaadi in Tamil. So in a sense, it is special to both of us and gave me enough reasons to preserve it well and right.
Pickle Jar
Pickle Jar
Not wanting to let it store pickles and be stacked inside a cabinet, I decided to embellish it with traditional art and showcase it somewhere in the open. I have been wanting to learn Kerala style mural paintings and so used up this opportunity. I also settled for decoupaging on the jaadi.

To save me some time, I chose to reproduce sketches (duly credited at the bottom of this post) that were already available on the net and added my own choice of colors to the sketches.
Sketch
The sketch
Mural Painting - Work in Progress
Mural Painting and Decoupage - Work in Progress
The paintings themselves did not take much time which made it less time consuming to complete the entire work, though I did it in phases. Just as how Mod Podge is supposed to be used, I was very generous in smearing my paintings with the glue.

Mod Podge
Smearing the decoupage glue
I did not want to complicate it much and so left the top portion of the jar in its natural glory. When I tried decoupage on water colors for an earlier project, I had issues with smudging. This time I was careful enough to use acrylic paint to avoid any blotching.

Kerala Mural Painting
Mural Art on a Pickle Jar
Mural Keral style art
Jar embellished with Kerala Mural Painting
I should thank my sister-in-law for sending me a bottle of Mod Podge from Bangalore. Since I was able to source the decoupage glue, I did not have to resort to Somu’s cheap method of making his own Mod Podge.

I would love to try different styles of painting and your words of engouragement will certainly up my motivation levels. Do leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this work. It would mean a lot.  Also, enter you e-mail address below to subscribe to updates just so you do not miss out on our forthcoming blog posts.

Painting Credits :
I have been true to the sources from where I picked the paintings. If these are not the original sources, I would be happy to make the necessary corrections.

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Owing to increasing number of queries on where Mod Podge in India can be found, we requested Hobby Ideas to give us a list of stores across the country where their Mod Podge product is available. We have personally not checked the validity of these addresses and numbers. Nonetheless, we hope you will find good use for it should you be in need of Mod Podge.

This post is not sponsored. We put this up here based on our own interest to assist our readers in finding what they come here looking for.

If your city is not listed here, and you are not able to get hold of Mod Podge, learn to make a cheap alternative to Mod Podge using Fevicol.

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Seriously. Why make your own Mod Podge when it is readily available !

In Chennai, until sometime back, Pidilite’s Hobby Ideas Glue ‘n’ Gloss was the only decoupage glue (that I am aware of) available in crafts stores. But recently, when my search for Glue 'n' Gloss hit a roadblock, I was given to understand they have decided to stop its production. And hence the need to make my own Mod Podge from easily available resources.
A decoupage on wine bottle using Hobby Ideas Glue n Gloss
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After a bit of research on the net, here’s what I found. This is a quick DIY using Fevicol. I tested it on a piece of wood using news paper bits and it did work. However, be aware that this is only a cheap alternative (not in cost but in quality) to Mod Podge.

Quick tutorial on how to make your own Mod Podge

  • Get Fevicol MR from your near by hardware / crafts store
  • Mix equal parts of water to it (50-50 mixture). You can also use Camel’s acrylic gloss medium instead of water
  • Shake / stir well until the glue and water form a dilute homogeneous mixture
  • Use it the way you would use Mod Podge 
  • Apply few layers of clear varnish to protect your work. Fevicol + Water cannot provide the same kind of protection Mod Podge can 
Make your own Mod Podge
How to make Mod Podge at home

Some Caveats

  • The classy effect of Glue ‘n’ Gloss is blatantly missing. 
  • And to play the devil's advocate, here's a blog post on why this method is not recommended for long lasting effect
  • So, use your discretion. Make this DIY decoupage glue only because Mod Podge is not available in your locality. 
I wrote to Pidilite about this and they were kind enough to call back. Glue ‘n’ Gloss is officially going out of production and their Hobbyideas ModPodge is available in select stores (Chennai unfortunately is not in that list). Here’s the address of two stores, besides many others, that are stocking the Mod Podge

HOBBY IDEAS
Kemps Corner,
Noah's Art,Ground Flr,
Kwality House,Kemps Corner,
Mumbai – 400036
912223825621/ 912222937776
HOBBY IDEAS (STAPLES)
East Land Holdings Pvt. Ltd.
Muncipal No. 102, Hosur Road,
Opp. Big Bazaar, Koramangala,
Bangalore – 560001
080 - 40928005


The next time I am in Bangalore, I know where I am going to be shopping. Meanwhile, if you are in Chennai, do you know places where I can get Mod Podge. Until then I am going to try this home made Mod Podge recipe.

Update : Click here for the complete list of stores in India where Mod Podge is available.

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- Somu


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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