Louise embraced the art of decoupage almost by chance when after the birth of her daughter, she found herself unwilling to throw away the large number of baby cards and as a way of preserving these memories decided to use them to decorate her husbands’ old wooden toy box.
This simple act galvanised her belief that things need not be discarded and began her quest to up-cycle. Thus kitsch-en-sync was born.
The art of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf, etc. Each layer is sealed with varnish until the result looks like painting or inlay work.
The traditional technique used 30-40 layers of varnish which were then sanded to a polished finish. This was known in 18th century England as The Art of Japanning, presumably due to its origins. However, it became known as découpage in France (from the verb découper, ‘to cut out’) and was popular in the 17th and 18th centuries.
In the early part of the 20th century decoupage fused with a more abstract style. 20th century artists who produced decoupage works included Picasso and Matisse.
Or Faux Finishing is a term used to describe a variety of decorative techniques, often paint based but also including plaster and stucco. Faux Finishing began as a way of replicating the look of material such as marble and wood but has grown to encompass a host of other decorative finishes for a variety of surface including walls, furniture and glass.
Currently, Antiquing or Distressing are very much in vogue for replicating a vintage ‘shabby chic’ look.