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Collage/Decoupage Workshop – Wollongong

Due to increase interest in Decoupage and Collage, Decorating with Decoupage is heading SOUTH to the GONG!

Decoupage and collage are very versatile art forms that can be applied to many different surfaces. Workshops are a good way to learn the technique and to decide whether it is for you. Once you learn the basic techniques, you will be inspired to experiment, create your own images and up-cycle other items at home.


The first project will be a “Goose” Egg – yes a real goose egg. Eggs are beautiful to do and will be completed within the three week period.

Day 1: 17th June, Design and painting of piece ready for varnishing
Day 2: 8th July, Finishing the egg – sanding and polishing.

Date: Saturday 17th June and 8th July
Location: TBA
Cost: $75.00
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Collage/Decoupage Workshop – St Ives

Have you neglected your creative side? I use the wonderful techniques of decoupage and collage in much of my work, and now I can teach you how to create your very own masterpieces!

Decoupage and collage are very versatile art forms that can be applied to many different surfaces. Workshops are a good way to learn the technique and to decide whether it is for you.  Once you learn the basic techniques, you will be inspired to experiment, create your own images and up-cycle other items. All classes are held in friendly small groups to allow for individual tuition, and take place at “YOU CREATE” Studio.  Spend a wonderful three hours lost in the world of creativity.

New workshop Dates running 10.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

  • Wednesday 10th, 2017
  • Friday 12th May, 2017
  • Wednesday 27th, 2017
  • Friday 26th May, 2017

Location: YOU CREATE STUDIO, Suite 2 188 Mona Vale Road, St. Ives
Cost: $75.00
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Painted Finishes Workshops – St Ives

Have you ever felt that you don’t wish to part with a treasured piece of furniture or object – you know that you need to something but what? With a little knowledge and guidance you just might be able to bring new life to the object that once was so lovely.

Set in our creative boutique studio, our “HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS” provide the perfect setting to learn the basic techniques for painting furniture and revamping decorative items using the many products that are available today. Bring a friend, or just bring yourself, your bound to have a whole lot of fun.

New workshop dates:

  • Saturday, 27th May, 2017 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 1st July, 2017 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 24 September 9am-12pm

Location: YOU CREATE STUDIO, Suite 2 188 Mona Vale Road, St. Ives
Cost: $75.00

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Denise Painter – St Ives

My passion for decoupage – working with paper and paint – began in 1993.

For as long as I can remember, I dabbled in sewing and creating clay pots—hand building as well as throwing shapes on the potter’s wheel. The shapes were reasonable but when it came to decorating the items I lacked the necessary skills, there had to be an alternative to glazing.

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At a local Arts and Craft exhibition I first saw Decoupage. I was captivated. Because of my particular interest of working on ceramics I found a wonderful teacher—Val Lade. Val was an artist who in the 70’s began researching 18th Century Decoupage. The first time I saw her beautiful work I knew I had found something very special and my passion for decoupage was born. Val became my mentor and I will forever be grateful to her.

I began teaching in 1994 from my home studio-I was so passionate about decoupage I wanted to share the joy with everyone. I was very fortunate to have approximately 60 students who became as passionate as I for the art of decoupage. Imagination is the only limitation.

The courses I developed are to meet each individual’s requirements. During classes my students identify areas they would like to learn more about for example, design, colour. Sometimes I see areas that need more focus. I develop courses to meet student’s need.

My personal projects “just happen”. I will fall in love with an image or a concept and it goes from there. I think about the design constantly, the object I will use and so on, until I am happy to begin. Most of my designs comprise many images and finding the images that are in harmony is always a challenge. I love to use traditional and contemporary images together. There is always an answer.

18th Century Decoupage’s peculiarity is its beauty and accessibility. Most finished pieces leave the viewer wondering if the design is painted by an artist and in most cases the use of paper to craft the design is not considered. I am constantly thinking about designs. Images are very important. I must love the image otherwise I will not use it. In fact I counsel my students if they do not love the image then we will not use it. The background is very important part of decoupage. The background in most cases is dictated by the image. When deciding on the background colour I look into the image for a hint as to what I should do – I look for emotion, movement and texture. I endeavour to make the piece “mine” and am very mindful of not to replicate pieces—I draw inspiration from the great masters of painting, photography, potters, costume designers and architects.

I love to work on ceramics, wood, eggshell, furniture – anything that has a stable surface.

Begin the journey of the “Art of Decoupage” and see where you will arrive. You may be surprised to uncover your hidden talent.