- Which picture do you recommend ?
- Begin with a small one: viz. a 1AP picture.
If you have a feeling you enjoy decoupage and the result is satisfactory, you can try a larger one.
- Do you need a tool for shaping the pieces?
- Special tools exist for shaping. I use a round pen or pencil with a smooth surface to shape the pieces. I do not like the dents the special tool makes in the cutout pieces.
Remember: shaping them is very important, but do not overdo it.
- It is impossible to clean the brush I varnish with...
- Wipe most of the varnish off with a tissue. Then clean it thoroughly with warm water and soap. Leave some detergent on the brush. Next time you use it, clean it thoroughly again.
- Do I need 9 or more pictures to have a satisfactory result ?
- No. For the larger pictures 6 pieces are enough. When you use my manuals you’ll see that I cut out every available bit that is necessary. Look at the specimen of the “Brouwersgracht – Amsterdam”.
- How do I apply silicon-kit on larger areas ?
- Apply the kit in ‘blobs’ or ‘dots’ in a zigzag way about 2 cm apart (So; not 1 dot on each corner of a 20 x 30cm area ! )
- How close is the gap between each layer ?
- That depends on your judgement. Look and think! The result must look natural.
The pieces should not be pressed flat. A gap should be left between each layer of 2mm to 4, 6 or even 8mm when necessary.
Ensure that each piece as it is applied is precisely superimposed over the lower print.
- When I press upon the pieces, the kit still shows..
- Use the correct amount of kit; not too near the edge. Use the silicon straight from the tube on large areas. Use a cocktail-stick for smaller pieces: take a piece of carton to squeeze some kit on, then take a small ‘blob’, put it on whichever small piece that needs fixing.
Frequently asked questions