Today I’ll show you how I transformed an inexpensive clear glass plate into a beautiful, unique piece of art using scraps of paper.
To make this decoupage collage plate, I raided our recycling bin and glued scraps of paper cut from old catalogs to a sheet of paper, which I then affixed to a glass plate using acrylic medium. This plate is for decorative use only. The plate is not washable as it is made with paper!
First, I went through a stack of old catalogs and pulled out pictures with blocks of color that fit my color scheme for the plate. I decided to make a collage of a tree growing out of a field of grass, silhouetted against an evening sky so I pulled out pictures with blue for the sky, green for the grass, and brown wood for the tree. I cut the pictures into strips approximately one-half by one and one-quarter inches.
I traced the outline of a clear glass plate onto two pieces of white copy paper with a pencil and then cut out the tracings.
I affixed the green and blue strips to the first copy paper cutout to make sections of the collage corresponding to the grass and the sky: I marked off the part of the paper corresponding to the bottom border of the plate. I then glued green paper strips to this part of the paper in rows using a glue stick. I covered the rest of the copy paper cutout with blue paper strips. I trimmed any strips that hung over the edge of the paper.
On the second copy paper cutout I drew a silhouette of a tree. I then glued the brown paper strips to the other side of the cutout (the side without the drawing) in rows. I cut out my tree drawing and glued it on top of the paper covered with the blue and green strips.
I used a paint brush to paint acrylic medium over the top of my collage. While the acyclic medium was still wet I placed the glass plate on top of the collage. I used the back of a spoon to carefully smooth our wrinkles in my collage and air bubbles between the plate and the collage.
I let the plate dry over night. I then coated the back of the collage with three coats of acrylic medium, letting it dry between coats.
I traced the plate onto a piece of heavy gold-colored wrapping paper, cut out the tracing, and using acrylic medium, affixed the paper to the back of the plate. I coated the paper backing with three coats of acrylic medium, letting it dry between coats. Enjoy!
- Clear glass plate
- Old catalogs
- 2 sheets copy paper
- Pencil (not shown)
- Glue stick
- Acrylic medium
- Paint brush (not shown)
- Gold wrapping paper (not shown)