How to Make a Decoupage, Multimedia Picture. Step by Step

For Mother’s day the dear Hubbs took me to Micheal’s. I got stopped in the painting isles (no surprise there!) So I devised a plan to do some painting and bought some “2 for” canvases for $2.99.  They are small only 5″ x7″. That is cheap enough and small enough to experiment with, right?

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The next day began my plan. I decided on some napkins that I already had that would fit on the two small canvases. Then I began to “wing it”.

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I knew I wanted layers of colors with my decoupage. I chose my color palette.

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First on the painting step was to spray paint my canvases with Hammered Copper…yum! I love coppery looks on most anything!

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Then I started to loosely paint some colors on my canvas and copied the birdcage part with a permanent marker. I really had no idea what I was doing. But I love the creative process and love to go with the flow…and keep it FUN!

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Next I readied the napkin by tearing off the two white layers of napkin until I had the printed piece only.

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Next I added pieces of the napkin to the canvas and began the decoupage process. Tear and paste with a paintbrush and let dry.

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It is customary to put about three coats of Mod Podge and let each layer dry thoroughly in between coats.

I did tweak a bit here and there with paint, copper glaze and bits of decoupage napkin.

Lastly I coated with the spray Poly

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Remember, “if I can do it so can you!!” …..and……

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xoxoxox Mary



  1. I’ m a little confused on the process for this. Did you paint the details on the bird, or is it all part of the napkin? And you said you tore & pasted with a paintbrush, did you use the Mod Podge to paste with?


    • Hi Andrea, I did outline some of the details with a maker and then applied the decoupage napkin over that. yes I tore the napkin and at times cut it, depending on what I wanted to show and I actually applied the modpodge to the canvas as the napkin is too thin and may rip. I apply mod podge with a paint brush.


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