Annie Sloan Decoupage is a water based fast drying glue and varnish. It builds up layers very quickly making it suitable for decoupage. It is extra thick and easy to apply but should be applied thinly.
Some bubbles have appeared under my decoupage piece and I don’t seem to be able to smooth it out. I don’t want to damage the paper. What can I do?
Bubbles in your decoupage paper can be carefully pricked with a pin to release the air. Gently smooth the bubbled area down with a brush or cloth, and apply another coat of Decoupage Glue and Varnish.
Do I need to wait for one coat of Decoupage Glue and Varnish to dry before applying the next?
Yes. Always allow the Decoupage Glue and Varnish to dry well between each coat. The time this takes will vary depending on the temperature of your workspace, the thickness of your decoupage medium, and the thickness of your decoupage paper. You can speed the drying process along with the aid of a hair dryer.
How many layers of Decoupage Glue and Varnish are required?
This is dependent on the look you wish to achieve, and could range from one layer to several. For a finish where the decoupage will be covered with Annie Sloan Craqueleur, two or three layers of Decoupage Glue and Varnish will probably be okay. If you wish the paper to look more embedded, apply several layers until you can no longer feel the edge of the paper. The advantage of Decoupage Glue and Varnish is that it is thick, so you will need fewer layers to achieve a professional look.
Can I use sandpaper to smooth my decoupage finish?
For a very smooth embedded look where the edges of your paper are no longer visible, first apply several layers of Decoupage Glue and Varnish. Paint each coat in the opposite direction; i.e., one coat horizontally and the next vertically. Smooth, if needed, by gently sanding over the dry finish using very fine wet/dry sandpaper. Dip the sandpaper in water and sand gently. Then wipe the surface clean with a soft cloth before painting on the next few layers. Repeat, as necessary, until you have achieved your desired look.