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decoupage

[dey-koo-pahzh] /ˌdeɪ kuˈpɑʒ/
noun, Also, découpage
[dey-koo-pahzh; French dey-koo-pazh] /ˌdeɪ kuˈpɑʒ; French deɪ kuˈpaʒ/ (Show IPA)
1.
the art or technique of decorating something with cut-outs of paper, linoleum, plastic, or other flat material over which varnish or lacquer is applied.
2.
work produced by the art or technique of decoupage.
verb (used with object), decoupaged, decoupaging.
3.
to decorate by decoupage:
walls decoupaged with photographs of movie stars.
4.
to apply or use as decoupage or by decoupage technique:
Let's decoupage these maps onto the tabletops.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; < French découpage a cutting out, equivalent to Middle French decoup(er) to cut out (de- de- + couper to cut; see coupé, coup) + -age -age
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Examples from the web for découpage
  • Decorate a small pot with paint or decoupage, and put a houseplant in it.
  • Brush a thin coat of decoupage glue onto a small area of the surface of the suitcase using a foam craft brush.
British Dictionary definitions for découpage

decoupage

/ˌdeɪkuːˈpɑːʒ/
noun
1.
the art or process of decorating a surface with shapes or illustrations cut from paper, card, etc
2.
anything produced by this technique
Word Origin
C20: from French, from découper to cut out, from de- + couper to cut
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Word Origin and History for découpage

decoupage

n.

1960, from French découpage, literally "the act of cutting out," from decouper "to cut out" (12c., Old French decoper), from de- "out" (see de-) + couper "to cut" (see chop (v.1)).

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Encyclopedia Article for découpage

decoupage

(French: "cutting out"), the art of cutting and pasting cutouts to simulate painting on a wood, metal, or glass surface. There are many variations in technique, but the four basic steps of decoupage generally are cutting out the pictures, arranging them to depict a scene or tell a story, pasting them on a surface, and applying several (sometimes up to 12) thin coats of varnish or lacquer to the pictures.

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