The technique of decorating a surface with cutouts, as of paper, then coating with twelve layers of lacquer. Each application of lacquer is hand-polished, for a rich shine and an ultra-smooth finished texture.
Defined as "cutting out," decoupage involves cutting images or designs from paper (usually decorative) and applying them to any of a variety of surfaces (works equally well on wood, glass, ceramic, cardboard). Images are secure with a decoupage medium, or other clear acrylic adhesive.
Dating back to the Victorian era, this is the craft of cutting out motifs from paper and gluing them to a surface to create a dimensional and layered effect. Often finished with layers of varnish to give a smooth finish.