Jori's Hobby Materials: Napkings, Scrapbooking, Glues, Letters

Napkin Technique

The napkin technique can be used on about all materials; wood, roof tiles, flowerpots, dust, tin, mirrors, tiles, etc.

Step 1.

Start with making the base (i.e. where the napkin has to come) lighter in colour. Choose a colour that goes with the napkin: a dark paint will make a light napkin change in colour. Therefore we use acrylic paint, which is appropriate for porous bases. Should you want to work with napkins on a coloured base, we refer to our section NAPKIN FOIL.

Step 2.

Tear or cut the pattern out of the napkin. Pull the layers apart and use only the upper layer.

Step 3.

The place where you want the napkin to come has to be rubbed with special napkin glue.

1st possibility: apply the napkin onto the glue (that is still wet) and rub with your fingertips or with a sponge brush from the middle to the sides until the napkin sits neatly and smooth on the object. Apply another layer of glue onto the napkin; the best way to do this is by using a sponge brush, as you will easily tear the wet napkin apart with a normal brush. Let everything dry.

2nd possibility: especially used with flat objects, but can just as well be used for e.g. little flowerpots. Let the glue dry. Put the napkin on the object and put a piece of baking paper onto it. Heat the iron and iron the napkin (+ baking paper). Because of the heat the glue will melt and the napkin will be smooth on the object.

Step 4.

Although the napkin glue is as well a finishing coat, the object still has to be varnished for use outdoors. Objects that will only be used indoors obviously do not need to be varnished.

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