A box decorated by decoupage.
When you cover an old dresser with vintage maps and then lacquer over the maps to create a finished product, this is an example ofdecoupage.
- the art of cutting out designs or illustrations from paper, foil, etc., mounting them decoratively on a surface, and applying several coats of varnish or lacquer
- work done by decoupage
Origin of decoupageFrench découpage from découper, to cut out from dé-, de- + couper, to cut from coup: see coup
transitive verb-·paged′, -·pag′ing
- The technique of decorating a surface with cutouts, as of paper, and finishing with layers of lacquer or varnish.
- A creation produced by this technique.
Origin of decoupageFrench découpage from découper to cut up or out from Old French descolper des- de- colper to cut ( from colp stroke ; see coup. )
(third-person singular simple present decoupages, present participle decoupaging, simple past and past participle decoupaged)
- To perform or use the art technique of decoupage.
French découpage, from découper (“to cut up”).