Decoupage Your Ceiling ~ How-To

Alrighty, I stumbled across this little project via ReNest. It's originally from a blog called Mr. Peacock. I have to admit this project turned out pretty classy. Not what you typically think of when you hear the word decoupage...right? This is an abbreviated version of his instructions, so if you would like a little more detail...do pop over to his blog to get them. He did also say (which ReNest left out) that this is an easily removable project...for all you renters out there!

1. Pick your pattern
You want to find images that have strong silhouettes. They will work much better when you are ready to cut them out. A great resource for these are Dover books.

2. Find the images you want and bookmark the pages

3. Xerox
Depending on the scale of images that you are working with, you could enlarge them for a dramatic effect. Adjust the contrast, if needed, to get even tonality. As Mr. Peacock pointed out — don't worry if your copies look too gray or the dot pattern is too noticeable

4. Cut out your images.
You will need a pair of scissors and an exacto knife. Smaller scissors will come in handy as well.

5. Clean your surface.
Clean your ceiling or wall with a mixture of hot water and TSP and let it dry. This is very important as your images won't adhere to the ceiling if the surface isn't completely dry.

6. Glue
Your are ready to start gluing. You might want to take a step back and look at the overall pattern that you are creating. Cover most of the back surface of the image and then rub it smooth when pressed to the surface. Don't rub too hard, as the images could easily tear.

7. Decoupage
Mr. Peacock used more of a "light wash" for his decoupage. He thinned some Elmer's glue to a watery, but still sticky consistency. When you are ready brush and lightly coat the surface and around the edges of each image. Your decoupage will dry quickly.

8. Done!
Now stand back and enjoy your work!

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