Sunday, June 17, 2012

Decoupage Candle Holder Mania

I have been on a decoupage candle kick lately and have put a few new additions into my Etsy shop, Lovely Fever. I have been experimenting with new techniques and materials, such as stamping on tissue paper, using acrylic varnish as a sealer and branching out to new vintage ephemera. There are endless variations in making decoupage candle holders. Mine usually consist of two layers-- vintage ephemera like weathered novel or dictionary pages and a top tissue layer from decorative napkins. Here are a some of my newest creations from my studio:




Victorian Romance--Jane Eyre Novel Passages with Soft Floral Motif Trio


The first layer consists of vintage novel passages from a 1963 paperback edition of Jane Eyre. The pages used had a lovely, natural patina. Then, I carefully separated the top tissue paper layer of fancy napkin decorated with a soft floral motif and glued it over the text. Two coats of Mod Podge and one coat of acrylic varnish were used to protect the fragile decoupage layers. For a finishing touch, raffia was wrapped around the candle holders to add an organic look. 


https://www.etsy.com/listing/101788655/decoupage-votive-candle-holder-set

 Wanderlust-- Vintage Maps with Hot Air Balloons


 I first cut and sized sections of a vintage map of Ontario, Canada from a 1939 edition of Collier’s World Atlas and Gazetteer. Then, I stamped an image of a French hot air balloon on salvaged ledger paper. The words, "La Joie De Vivre" mean the "joy of life". I also added some Tim Holtz tissue paper tape of dictionary passages: journey, memory, imagination.The candle holders were sealed with three coats of Gloss Lustre Mod Podge.



 https://www.etsy.com/listing/102299491/decoupage-votive-candle-holder-set-lush  





Lush Black and Plum Floral Design with 1923 Jewelry Catalog Pages


The interior layer consists of cut and sized pages from 1970’s reproduction of a 1923 Sears, Roebuck Catalogue, featuring Art Deco wedding rings, necklaces and pocket watches. The exterior black and plum floral design was from the top tissue layer of a decorative napkin. Wrapped around the candles is fabric, semi-sheer ribbon that has various colors of purple, black and gray. The candle holders were first sealed with two coats of Mod Podge. The third layer was with acrylic varnish, which left a lovely glossy finish.


https://www.etsy.com/listing/102297407/decoupage-votive-candle-holder-set?ref=v1_other_1





Robin's Egg Blue and Red Roses with Wuthering Heights Vintage Pages


The first layer consists of vintage pages from a 1973 paperback edition of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Then, I carefully separated the top tissue paper layer of a fancy napkin decorated with red roses with a robin's egg blue background and overlaid it on the text. Several coats of Mod Podge were used to protect the fragile decoupage layers. For a finishing touch, white ribbon was wrapped around and tied in bows around the candle holders.

I can't wait to make more of these! Thank you for checking out my work! 

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  1. There are endless variations in making decoupage candle holders. Mine usually consist of two layers-- vintage ephemera like weathered novel ... vintagecandlelanterns.blogspot.com

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