For coastal chic learn how to decoupage a suitcase with maps.
Decoupage is the art of gluing paper cutouts onto an object such as this suitcase. I have been wanting to decoupage them for some time now. I was looking for nautical maps and after something digging, I found nautical maps at the Graphics Fairy. They have beautiful maps to choose and the colors on theese maps were perfect for my home.
Start by printing the nautical maps with a color printer. I use Epson Stylus 688, the ink doesn’t bleen when applying glue on the printables.
Apply the glue on the printable with a sponge applicator. Each layer is sealed with the glue until the stuck-on appearance disappears and the result looks like a painting. Make sure you pass over the printable with a damp sponge to smooth all the air bubbles. Many people ask me what type of glue do I like. Typically I use ModPodge. If the glue gets thick inside the container I have added a few teaspoons of water and it helps when I apply it on the paper. Even though I have diluted the glue it’s still working for me. The paper after drying is pretty much stuck on like a painting.
I let the paper dry on the suitcase for a few hours before I turn it over to do the other side.
For smaller pieces line up a new printable map to correlate with the edge of the map so it looks like one continuous map.
For the sides, I measured the space and it basically came to half of 8 1/2 by 11 printable. Make sure that you cut the edges of the printable which is not usable. Apply lots of glue and smooth out with a damp cloth or a clean damp sponge.
Step 5: For hard to reach areas.
Make sure you hands are clean. Cut small pieces of different sizes of paper for those hard to reach areas around the handle, locks, and screws. Add lots of glue and apply with a small tweezer.