Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper cutouts onto it, in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and numerous other decorative elements. The most common form is decorating a small box or item of furniture with cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers. Each layer is sealed with varnishes until the result resembles a flat painting or inlay work. Traditional methods use up to forty layers of varnish to create this aesthetic.

Have a go at creating your own Decoupage design with the owner of Marina Colourfield Studio. In this Decoupage and Dada workshop, you’ll learn about ‘Dadaism’ the 1920s movement that changed the face of modern art. Dadaism or Dada was a revolutionary movement, encompassing the absurd and rejecting prior definitions of art, aiming to question the definition of art in general.

Admire the collages of great artists: Marcel Duchamp, Picasso and Man Rays, set out to create your own rendition in the workshop. Warm up with scissors, write Dadaist prose and embellish your art with gold/silver/copper leafing for a very special touch. Flick through paper, magazines and books to decorate your box or art piece with.

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