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Decoupage (fr. decouper — "cut out") is a type of decoration, which involves applying an appliqué to a surface and then fixing the image with varnish. This coating gives the impression of a real pattern.
The technique originated in medieval Germany as a way to decorate furniture. England picked up this wave during the Victorian era. The heyday of decoupage falls on the 17th century, when Venetian craftsmen used it to create the inlay
Inlay (also known as incrustation, from lat. incrustatio — "covering with bark") is decorating objects and buildings with stones, wood, ceramics and metal. In this way, buildings and sculptures were first decorated. This technique appeared in the Ancient East, it also includes intarsia — wood inlay on wood, marquetry — inlay with thin wood, veneer, scurf — inlay with metal on a metal surface. Read more
illusion on furniture. This is how the art of the poor, Arte Povera, appeared.

Today decoupage is experiencing a rebirth. It is actively used to decorate accessories, dishes and household items. As a material, three-layered napkins are used. The resulting image can be aged with craquelure varnish, which creates the appearance of a cracked picture.