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Friday, April 20, 2012

Decoupage with Comic Books

I've finished another comic table and thought I would share it. I think the hardest part of these sort of projects are cutting out the comics. This one was a little harder because A. the table is round B. the table is not symmetrical. Both of which lead me to having a hard time keeping the horizontal lines straight. This post will be just a mini tutorial since I always seem to go overboard on instructions.

This is a coffee table from Ikea that I picked up at a yard sale for $3. In order to give it a makeover, the 1st thing I did was spend a few hours carefully cutting Spider Man from several comic books. I positioned the cutouts a bunch of times to make sure I had enough, then I started modge podge-ing (I'm pretty sure I just made that word up) around the outside edges making sure to go all the way down the sides with the strips. I didn't want any of the table exposed except for the legs. Here's a pic to show you what I mean. (This is after I trimmed it up).

It's important to remember not to wrap the paper under the table, just press it straight down the side and let the rest hang off. Once it dries, you'll be able to trim along the edge with a sharp razor blade.
As you can see, I tried, and failed to keep the lines of the comics perfectly straight across the table but it still looks good. It's ok to cover up comics as you go along. It's better to have things covered then to have the table showing through. (you can click any of the pics for larger versions)

After I covered the table I decoupaged a big Spider Man onto it. This came from one of those rolls of removable wall stickers that you can buy at places like Walmart.

Make sure that when you're done with your project you give it several coats of polycrylic to give it a nice smooth feel and make it durable and waterproof. I'll post pictures of other comic book projects I have done in the next few days. Remember, practice makes perfect! Good Luck!

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1 comment:

  1. cool table, I am gonna do something similar with a homemade bookshelf. What did you use for gluing the comics on the table? wallpaper paste? or just elmers?