Decoupage is a french word that means "cut out" or "cut up". It is a decorative form of collage associated with crafts. Decoupage is usually composed of paper designs or images from magazines that are cut out and glued to any surface.
I wanted to do this to a slingshot. So i made a simple PFS out of some scrap and got it to a smooth shape.
I then bought "decoupage glue" from local craft store. Glue can be pretty much any simple glue like Elmers. But I find the glue specifically for decoupage works a little better. You can also make your own glue.
Here is a link that shows you how to make the glue if you want.
I then spent a little bit of time flipping through old science/space/nature magazines and clipped some pics that appealed to me. I also took some old snare drum sheet music and some other scraps from old greeting cards and finally an old picture of my grandfather sleeping. I trimmed everything up nicely and tried to get a general idea of where the pieces would fit.
You then wet each piece/clipping with a little bit of glue and then place where you want it. Once in place apply another layer of glue to the piece/clipping. REPEAT AS NECESSARY. Careful not to get your clippings too wet with glue because after all they are paper...... and we know what happens when paper gets wet. You'll eventually find the right saturation point the paper can take without wrinkling or tearing. Bend the pieces around the contours of the slingshot and pay extra attention to the areas that dont want to lie flat. Sometimes these require some extra gluing and manipulation of the clipping. Its best to have smaller pieces/clippings, they are easier to place without getting bumps and wrinkles.
Once the slingshot is covered completely and everything is how you want....(this may take a couple sessions of gluing and letting dry...) you can start to coat the slingshot in layers of polyurethane. I wipe on minwax semigloss poly and let it dry. Wipe a thin layer on, let it dry, wipe a thin layer on, let it dry, wipe a thin layer on, let it dry, etc... AND EVENTUALLY you'll know when you're finished. The slingshot will be smooth and none of the edges of the paper will be able to come up.
Hope you all like it!
I now have this banded with double 1inch blue bands. It shoots freakin' AWESOME!
Hope you enjoy, and thanks to the forum for the constant inspiration.