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    A workshop on the art of decoupage acts as a beginner’s guide to the craft

    The number of stories of Marie Antoinette and her ladies cutting up originals of French masters like François Boucher and Antoine Watteau to make raw material for their decoupage work are enough to break an art student’s heart.
    Thankfully, the immensely popular trend of decoupaging has found other actors to take on the role of works by those artists — anything you can find. A technique that dates back to 12th century China that travelled to Europe later, decoupaging is often thought of as cutouts glued on paper. City-based Pooja D Gupta, a self-taught craftsperson who’s held several decoupage workshops over the last year, disagrees. “The right technique is important; it increases the longevity of the final product. I have been using decoupaged cups and mugs for over a year now and they show no signs of wearing out. With decoupaging, there’s always a scope for upcycling things you don’t want to throw out,” shares Jaipur-born Gupta. “ I wanted to give an opportunity to those who were interested in crafts, and also wanted to work from home,” she shares. Her plans with the workshops resounds with her own life — Gupta has a Facebook page called POSH Creative Studio, and takes orders for handmade products, primarily those with some utility. She chose her passion for crafts over a 9-to-5 day job that would use her degree in BSc-IT and MBA. Her upcycled bottles give her most of her business she tells us.
    Gupta’s workshop kit contains a mini-dresser in pinewood, a pair of coasters (also in pine), brushes and acrylic paints and other essentials. “I will focus on techniques of decoupaging and will also talk about how to start your own craft-oriented business,” adds Gupta. Boxes, wall hangings, lampshades, trashcans, cutlery and more — it’s difficult to find an object that can’t get a fun decoupage makeover.
    On September 13. At Vivanta by Taj, MG Road. Tickets (`6,000) on bookmyshow.com.
    — Nikita Puri


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