The way to Create a Collage on a Table Top

A collage transforms an outdated or worn tabletop into a creative work suited to your own interests. Pick a theme for your collage, such as music or exotic journey, then print or clip an abundance of words and images which match the motif. Clip-art websites, damaged or outdated magazines, tourist maps, older books and paper ads are all possible resources for collage materials.

Cover the work area with paper, then transfer the table or the top, if independent from the table foundation — atop the newspaper.

Sand the camel with a fine-grit sanding block. Sand the edges of the table as well if you would like to paint them; painting the edges in a color that is appropriate for your collage motif provides the top an extra element of both decor and color. Wipe the dust away with a tack cloth.

Cover regions of the table that you do not wish to paint, such as the edges, with painter’s tape.

Open and stir the all-in-one latex primer and paint, pouring some into a paint tray. Paint the whole tabletop with a paintbrush. Paint the edges beneath the tabletop too, if you wish. Enable the paint to dry completely. Apply another coat, if necessary, and let it dry as well, which may take a few hours, depending on humidity levels and temperatures.

Establish your cutout paper images and text atop the table, arranging them in a desired layout. Overlap pieces in certain places, leaving other regions of the painted table visible to include color. Trim excess paper with scissors, if necessary, to accommodate your layout.

Place the paper pieces apart from one on the ground or work surface next to the table, arranging them in the same sequence as final design you came up with to your camel.

Mix equal parts Faculty glue and water in a container, with a foam brush as a stirrer.

Brush the glue mixture, which is a homemade decoupage medium, over the tabletop so the whole surface is covered. Skip this step if your layout idea has table showing than newspaper; as coat every piece of paper instead is ample enough.

Brush the glue mixture over the rear of one of the newspaper collage pieces, choosing a piece from 1 corner or the center of the job — whichever seems more familiar to you. Smooth the paper onto the tabletop in the desired location, brushing the top with the glue mixture as well. If glue seeps out from under the newspaper, it won’t harm the job. The camel could be wet from the decoupage-medium coat or dry while applying each bit of paper.

Repeat Step 9 with a different bit of collage paper, overlapping the first piece if necessary, or positioning it where it goes. Continue with each picture or text piece required for your collage design. Allow the pieces to dry completely.

Brush another coat of the homemade decoupage medium over the whole tabletop with the foam brush; that helps seal the newspaper and the tabletop. When it dries, brush one more coat and allow it to dry as well. Since the glue dries, it turns clear from milky white.

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