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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307396118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307396112
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

If all craft books were as attractive, brilliantly conceived, and downright amusing as this one, the craft world would be a better place. Glorious projects, beautiful photos, thorough instructions, and terrific coverage of all the groundwork make for lovely viewing, enjoyable reading, and endless inspiration.

Master decoupeur Durwin Rice is not only a true artist with scissors and glue, he's a lively writer whose sense of humor and deft handling of the subject makes even the most mundane tasks (like surface preparation or sealing a finished piece) sound like fun. He debunks the obsessiveness with which "Old Decoupage" was created and which still puts off some would-be decoupeurs today, such as the tendency to apply 30 or more coats of sealant ("You want to protect your work from scratches--not Hurricane Andrew") or the inclination for fanatical cutting ("You are master of the image, not the image of you"). He covers all manner and size of objects with his wondrous creations: plates, vases, trays, eggs, tables, cabinets, walls, ceilings, even the refrigerator. Clearly this is a man obsessed, not with the needlessly labor-intensive approach of yesteryear, but with the urge to decoupage the world. This is not only a lesson on how to create spectacular decoupage; it's a lesson on how to produce a masterful craft book. --Amy Handy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Today's decoupage is not your grandmother's decoupage: delicate Victorian or floral images on dainty plates buried under innumerable coats of heavy varnish. Contemporary decoupage works are made with flea market finds, cherished letters or photos, magazine clippings, handmade papers, unique prints, or any other image that strikes the artist's fancy, then it's applied to trays, tables, lamps, walls, floors, furniture, or even ceilings. In New Decoupage, author Durwin Rice takes a fresh look at this traditional craft, demonstrating how to creatively transform your environment using just a few simple materials. He offers complete instructions for more than 18 unique
projects, ranging from a delicate vase resembling fine porcelain to a dining room table adorned with generations of family photos, from an entire row of kitchen cabinets featuring pictures of your favorite chefs to a stylish faux marble coffee table.

Beginning with a brief history of the art, Rice moves on to detail the fundamental techniques of modern decoupage, showing you how to clean and prepare various surfaces, select and cut images, and choose the right adhesive for a specific project. Two simple gluing lessons demonstrate the basic skills needed to complete any decoupage project. The next section offers instructions for smaller decoupage projects, such as an elegant cachepot filled with exquisite decoupaged eggs, a serving tray adorned with favorite images, or a six-sided wooden block puzzle decorated on all sides. Finally, Rice provides ideas and inspiration for larger decoupage projects, remaking plain furniture, mundane appliances, and even whole rooms into beautiful works of art. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 200 full-color photographs, New Decoupage  brings the art of decoupage into the present day. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Durwin's book gets to the point and says it like it is.
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Sure to please and satisfy, this book is a winner!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Nancy A. Krajcar on January 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I saw the author in a short TV segment and sprung for the book. I highly recommend it! I'm not a particularly craftsy person, but the book's organization gives you confidence. It's laid out starting with very simple projects and progresses logically to more complex ones as you build your skill level. The photos are clear and helpful. The text directions are easy to follow and even humorous! I actually finished the beginner project and it came out great - it's now hanging in my kitchen! I've got a few more projects to go before I start on that table, but I've started to collect the images I want to use & am already starting to lay out the design.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis McNeil on May 29, 2004
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I purchased Leslie Linsley's Decoupage, Design, Create, Display and Durwin Rice's New Decoupage at the same time and received Leslie's book first. I was somewhat put off by her style. . .too foo foo for me. Her book was more like an art book showcasing her travels to other countries. Yawn.
Durwin's book gets to the point and says it like it is. All of his techniques work! The suggestion to "relax" the image before applying is awesome!
His humorous approach will have you in stitches. If you want a no-nonsense step-by-step approach to decoupage without the fluff then buy this book first!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Clive J A Byerley on October 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Durwin Rice is that very rare bird - an artist with a sense of humour. In his book,"New Decoupage" Rice inspires both enthusiasts and newcomers to the art to throw off conventional thinking and make for themselves a future antique. He avoids anything twee and brings a fresh eye to his passionate love affair with paper and scissors. Through his very user-friendly web site Rice gives personal guidance to anyone needing advice. Many of the glass plates used in the book can be bought by mail from this excellent support site. I found this book refreshing, funny, inspiring and a great bedtime read.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have been looking for the definitive book on decoupage and this has to be it! Wonderful ideas for the novice and experienced decoupager!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Stephs Yiayia on May 16, 2001
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Durwin Rice has put together an informative, humorous and inspirational decoupage book. If you've never tried decoupage before, you will find clear instructions and tips for a successful project practically on every page. Mr. Rice also shows the immense diversity of design that decoupage offers. In his world, it seems that nothing is off-limits for decoupaging! Check out his kitchen! Sure to please and satisfy, this book is a winner!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This author has a down to earth, funny way of walking you through each project. He makes you feel comfortable that you can do it! He has great ideas too. Reading through the book motivates you to start a new project! Love this book!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Joyce on February 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Years ago I discovered this book in its original hardback version. New Decoupage was a breath of fresh air to the entire world of decoupage !..This was the first ever book where I have experienced making the art of decoupage a FUN journey!! Mr Rice also has a creative eye that feeds the soul, opens creative eyes to a world of possibilities while generously sharing his genius with wit and making the entire experience comfortable.
This book made me want to try new things and have FUN while learning. . I can now testify that I am a successful decoupage artist and my work is making people HAPPY!! I had never ever known that all of this creativity was locked inside of me until NEW DECOUPAGE manifested itself in my life!! ...I even loaned out my last copy and somehow it was not returned. It was such a thrill to see that we can get this TREASURE now in a paperback version....a portable version. Even though Mr Rice on his website had expressed that it was the same text as the original.....when I received my new Paperback version ....I spent hours just absorbing how wonderful this book was!! New things will be discovered on EVERY journey into New Decoupage and I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am that an entire new audience will now be exposed to this Book of Wonder!!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By merrymousies on September 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm a beginner at this but I found this book to have really great instruction on how to do decoupage well plus all sorts of info on the tools of the trade such as scissors and glues and where to find images. It really had everything I needed to get started and actually make some pretty neat things (I decorated a gloass plate for my aunt and she was quite impressed) Lots of incredible sample works which were way over my head......someday I suppose I'll be able to do some like that! Pictures throughout are great & instructions are clear.
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