For the love of paper


Decoupage (or découpage) is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and so on. Commonly an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers. Each layer is sealed with varnishes (often multiple coats) until the "stuck on" appearance disappears and the result looks like painting or inlay work. The traditional technique used 30 to 40 layers of varnish which were then sanded to a polished finish.
My love for decoupage, started way back in the 90s when I used to decorate my art school portfolio cases with old picture cut outs from magazines and newspapers. The result was so outstanding that some my friends and students from other batches also started to ask for the same. I’ve always loved paper. In books. In stationery sets. Cards. Pretty envelopes. Diaries. Magazines. Brochures. The works.

I'm a crafter and am always drawn to working with paper. It's such a humble yet versatile medium. I played around with different kinds of paper and finishes for a new outcome for every project. But the experiments sort of stopped once I finished college and started a job as an Art Director.
But in 2006, just after my daughter was born, I began to fiddle with the thoughts of starting my own small, boutique design studio. That would have given me ample time to spend with my lil’ one and home. But the main reason was the itch to do some creative work, based upon my own whims and fancies J I believe that design is functional...design is human. not virtual. because it is meant for people. design is meant for a purpose. if it does not communicate, holds no interaction, then it is not design.
Decoupage fitted perfectly into the picture.
So in Dec 2006, I began hand making some basic wooden home décor accessories like trays, keepsake boxes and coasters etc. I called it, Design5 Studio.

At Design5 Studio, I create 'eco-whimsical’ and fun, decoupaged wooden home decor accessories out of eco-friendly wood. Wood that comes from various sources is laser cut into required shapes and turned into customized wooden home décor accessories. 
My designed products reflect my belief that a good design touches you. tickles you. At times, hopefully, even leaves you amazed. A visually stunning graphic piece of work that arouses your senses. any of them. sometimes all of them.
The best part was designing my concepts. But when the designs came back to me after being printed on to paper, they became so alive! I loved decoupaging these papers onto my wooden products. The paper melts into the wood, making the products transform from my ideas to a functional designed real product. I love paper, and layers of it!
Been a while here now. I'm still here. Still crafting. Designing when I can. Still passionate about paper

These decoupaged beauties are available at many e-stores online and some stores in various cities in India now. 

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The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here.
{for picture sources, see my pinterest board, For the love of paper}



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Design5 Studio

Exclusively Designed & Hand Painted Decoupaged Wooden Home Decor Accessories, Wooden Bags & Clutches, Handcrafted Fashion Jewellery and Hand-painted & Upcycled Furniture Pieces.When you buy a product directly from me, you can also get an opportunity of getting a unique customized, one of a kind product, made especially for you or your loved ones!! At Design5, i love doing customized decoupaged products and always happy to work on something new and exciting. please feel free to contact me with any enquiries or comments, or just to say hello. i'd love to hear from you.

27 comments:

  1. I so love doing this blog hop. So nice to read about every once love for paper. Thank you for sharing yours. I just loved to see your collages, so beautiful!
    /Camilla Olsson - also in the blog hop www.camillaolssonart.wordpress.com

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    1. This blog hop has bgiven an opportunity to get to know so many talented people like you Camilla! :) Its going to be a great experience. Loved your artworks, amazing control. Brilliant.

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  2. Decoupage is amazing for decorating...it has infinite combinations and possibilities. It must be lovely having your own business. {*}

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    1. Yes, it is a great feeling to be your own boss :), but mostly because it gives me teh creative freedom to fulfil my own eco-whimsies :) You have an amazing story there, teaching girls about books and love of paper in Nepal, wow!. i'm definitely gonna be a regular visitor to your blog! :)

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  3. Beautiful decoupage! I've never tried it, which is crazy because I love paper and crafting, I'll have to give it a go =)

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    1. Do give it a try :), it's pretty easy if you ask me.

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  4. Lovely blog post, really like your decoupage work and especially the frames, beautifully made. :-)

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  6. Love your decoupage. Thanks for sharing your love of paper on the blog hop.

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    1. Thank you Kyrrha! :) It's lead me to see work of some very talented and passionate artists in return.

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  7. Lovely find so many people on this hop who, like me, are making their way through life following something they're loved since childhood: paper!

    Greetings from a fellow hopper, Julie :-)

    http://notesonpaper.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Lovely work. You take decoupage to such a high level. Thank for visiting and commenting at www.cosmoeclectic.com. will be visiting your site soon.

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  9. Oh my! I'm so happy to see your beautiful post! It makes me so happy! Lovely! Thanks so much for your visit!

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  10. I love decoupage too, but haven't done it in awhile, thanks for sharing your beautiful work on this fun paper love bloghop :)

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  11. I SOOO love your work! I could decoupage so many things if my husband let me! LOL! He would actually like to decoupage an old table we have with vintage road maps too. Can't wait until it is done! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos! ;)

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    1. Decoupage is quite addictive, I know! :)

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  12. ...this hop has been so lovely to participate in, connecting with fellow paper lovers across the globe and discovering each's own take on how they interact with paper. Quite lovely. Thank you for being a part of the hop too :)

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  13. Love what you did with the picture frames!

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  14. Oh goodness, loving this. I covered a wall with old book pages and might just have to tackle a piece of furniture. Loving the hop!

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