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SNIPPETS Decoupage Guild Queensland Inc.
From the President
Hopefully you are all finding time to work on your decoupage
projects for the RNA show.
Also, we need to start preparing for the Gold program on
teaching Luminiere technique at the Chermside Library on the
Thankfully, we have had some lovely autumn days amongst
some most unusual wet weather for this time of year. However,
despite the rain, the drop in temperature has brought on all Secretary’s Jottings
those lovely orange and berry colours in some of the foliage
which I love so much and find inspirational.
Odds & Sods
Hope to see as many of you as possible on the 5th of June for a
great day of showing people out there yet another type of
Future Meeting Dates
Regards, Claire Williams.
Greetings all – it seems as though a number of you, including us, have been travelling of late, but
hopefully most will be able to touch base on June 5th at Chermside.
Social Day: Six members gathered at Stafford Heights for our informal social get-together – a good
response considering it was the May long weekend. This is a wonderful opportunity to compare
notes on the various approaches to techniques and to pass on a few tips to the newer members. All
agreed it was a valuable and enjoyable Guild activity.
Luminaria Workshop: Contact has been made with the Brisbane City Council GOLD Program, part
of which is the workshop offered by the Guild on the 5th June. You may have noticed that the activity
is listed as FREE. This did concern me a little, but on enquiry I was informed that it was free to
participants, and the cost of the kit, $10 per person, is by way of a Council subsidy and the Guild will
be reimbursed after completion of the project. One week beforehand advice will be sent indicating
Complete kits, apart from the Aquadhere which will be on tables available for sharing, have been
prepared for participants. Instruction will be by a demonstrator completing one step at a time, but
assistance will be required from members to oversee work in progress, so a good attendance is
Could members please bring some old scissors in case images (which have been pre-cut) need to be
N.B. Starting time is listed as 9.15 (for 9.30 start). Could I suggest that participants be
gathered outside the room by a Host where a “cuppa” will be offered while tables are being
Guild Meeting: At the conclusion of the Workshop, a short Meeting is scheduled during which time
members will share a late morning tea/lunch.
See you there! If possible, please make an effort to be a little earlier to get the day under way.
Barbara Chapple (Secretary)
ODDS & SODS
Hints on preparation of objects for decoupage:
All objects usually require some preparation prior to commencing to paint.
For boxes etc., always remove hinges and catches prior to preparation.
For wooden surfaces, use Gesso rubbed on thinly with a piece of kitchen sponge in circular motions so as to
not leave ridges. Repeat this process 3 times to achieve a good coverage. Once dry, sand back smooth with
For bisque ware, if it is a good surface it may only require some light sanding, however any holes or
imperfections will require filling. To fill holes use a Spacfilla or similar product.
Goose and duck eggs do not require any preparation, ostrich and emu do, if you require a smooth
background finish. Clean these eggs with Ajax or similar product to remove dirt and grease. Then apply 5
think coats of Gesso with a foam brush. You can continue to apply Gesso until well covered. Always allow
each to dry before applying the next coat. Once dry, sand back with 240 sandpaper and finally wet & dry
(use wet) to achieve a good smooth finish.
If you are preparing any metal objects always coat well with a rust inhibitor. This is also required on the
hinges and catches of that hat-box that you have always wanted to decoupage.
Remember if you have not prepared your piece well, the end product will be affected.
Where Do You Get It:
Looking for rolls of gold cake icing paper for Cloisonne? The Cake Ornament Company has moved
from Aspley to the following address:
Unit 30/115 Robinson Rd, Geebung. When you drive in to No. 115 you drive around the back to
find it on the far right hand side.
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm; Sat 9-11.30am.
A small roll of gold paper costs $1.80. They also have a good silver. Phone/Fax: 3265 6542.
Exhibition Entries Close – 25 May
General Meeting and Luminaria Workshop – 5 June
Social Day – 3 July (to be hosted by Laurel)
Delivery of RNA Exhibits – 12th and 13th July
Future Meeting Dates for 2011
Future Social Dates for 2011
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