Kyle Morley Demonstrates How to Create Découpage Artwork

Decoupage Bomb - Kyle MorleyWith patriotism the theme of this year’s PPG exhibit at SEMA 2016, Kyle Morley was one of many nationally known artists invited to showcase their craft with paintwork in keeping with the overall theme.

Incorporating a montage of authentic newspaper clippings and photographs from the 1940s, Kyle’s imaginative fiberglass “bombshell” transforms this symbol of World War II into a stunning tribute to the men and women who serve our country in the armed forces.

Here’s how Kyle created the dècoupage, along with candy dyes from PPG’s Vibrance Collection® line and other PPG products, for this commemorative tribute.


How to Achieve the Découpage Technique

Assemble graphicsStep 1 – Assemble Graphics

Old images and articles are put together into a collage. Then black-and-white copies are printed, using old typewriter paper that’s half as thick as regular paper. The three pages from the printer are then cut to fit together like a puzzle piece


Mask for PanelsStep 2 – Mask for Panels

After the fiberglass “bombshell’ is coated with DMD1690 coarse aluminum toner, followed by VM4501 silver flake blended with DBC500 and allowed to dry, an outer panel is marked off using 1-1/2” tape. Four diagonal panels are created using ¾” tape. The masking provides a guide to run green ProBand Fineline tape along the inside edges. Each end of the shell is masked off as well.


Check AlignmentStep 3 – Check Alignment

Check the graphics for alignment, fitting the puzzle-cut pieces together.


First GraphicStep 4 – First Graphic

Line up the top graphic over the first panel, then cut it out using the ¾” masking tape as a general guide.


Apply AdhesiveStep 5 – Apply Adhesive

Spray adhesive on the back of the graphic, careful not to any get smudge marks on the graphic itself.


Fasten and TrimStep 6 – Fasten and Trim

Apply the graphic over the first panel. Squeegee out any air bubbles that may be trapped. Then use an X-Acto knife to trim the graphic exactly along the inside edges of the green vinyl tape.


Finish GraphicsStep 7 – Finish Graphics

Follow the same procedures to cut, glue and trim the remainder of the artwork. Then apply a heat gun over the graphics to set the adhesive.


Create Drop ShadowStep 8 – Create Drop Shadow

Lightly airbrush a drop shadow along the inside edges of the panels. Use DMX219 black candy dye mixed with DBC500 as a carrier. Allow most of the spray to hit the tape— the overspray creates the drop shadow along the edges. The drop shadow will create a threedimensional effect once the surrounding candy colors are applied.


Apply ClearStep 9 – Apply Clear

After drop shadows are applied, lay new tape over existing tape and apply two light tack coats of DC4000 clear to protect the images.


UnmaskStep 10 – Unmask

Unmasking reveals the finished découpage artwork. Notice how the drop shadow adds depth and dimension to the overall look.


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