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Decoupage with Carole Hirst


Decoupage with Carole Hirst

One day Tuesday 15th January 2019

Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm, 1:30 – 4:00pm

Standard $135 + $25 Materials Costs
Early-Bird $110 + $25 Materials Cost

Venue: Whitireia Kapiti Campus

Extra cost of $25.00 to cover: glue, paintbrushes, varnish, and sandpaper.

Max 10 people in class.

Decoupage is a traditional French craft, from the word “découper” or to cut, and involves cutting out small decorative pictures and arranging them on a wooden or glass surface. When you’re happy with the placement, you glue them to surface, ensuring no air bubbles remain and then add (many!) layers of a water-based varnish. As the layers build, a light sanding may be required over the cut-outs to make sure you get a nice even finish. You can even use different paint techniques, add some glitter or use pretty fabrics and laces.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to: 

  • Cut and compose a pleasing design using various pictures 
  • Prepare bases ready for your decoupage design 
  • Use different techniques with spray paints to achieve varying effects 
  • Recognise the importance of multiple layers of varnish to protect your creation 
  • Recognise the potential for up-cycling your junk shop finds into unique new works of art

Please note that your finished creation(s) may not be completely dry when you take them home. Some materials provided but bring the items you want to decorate e.g. small side tables or stools, old small suitcases or a flat board, as well as paper and card items to cut out (gift wrap, calendars, cards etc.). These should be clean and painted ready to go. You may get a several smaller items done in the time of workshop.

Feel free to call Carole on 021 036 7906 if you need any pre-course advice. 

Carole Hirst
Faerie Glen Creations
Creating a little magic every day.

I was always told as a child from family to teachers and friends, I was away with the faeries. Well now I can say I have made a career of it.

Everything I learnt to create as a child has become in some part the art I create as an adult.  Cutting out and pasting in scrapbooks has led to decoupage, paper doll clothes and later sewing for my dolls, has led to work as self-employed costume designer, plus a few rock and roll petticoats along the way.

My first job as a florist, doing the apprenticeship has taught me design and colour mixing. I still design wedding bouquets under Faerie Glen Creations Floral Design.

Wanting a chance in direction I spend some time at Whitirea adding to my drawing, design and textile skills.  Illustration is my passion and am now teaching myself the joys of photoshop and some computer magic to further enhance my paintings.

The ongoing theme in much of the work I choose to do will have a bit of the fay or faerie about it.

Look forward to meeting you if you choose either of my workshops at Kapiti summer School.

Peace, love and a little faerie magic.




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