On the occasion of the 1st European Convention of our Guild and on behalf of the Organizational Committee, we cordially invite you to attend our Convention, which will be held in Athens, Greece from May 20th until May 24th, 2015. Our Guild’s Annual Conventions have been taking...Read More
This special issue of the “Focus” is a small tribute to the History of our Guild. An insight into the first and fascinating fundamentals of our Guild is provided by our President, MJ Toole and our Senior Roy Larking shares generously with us, his wonderful experiences from the...Read More
Dear All, We are pleased to announce you the publication of this special edition of the Dialogue dedicated to the decoration of Easter Eggs! Our Editor, Cheryl Neethling, presents a lovely collection of découpaged Eggs that may inspire you! We are thankful to our members Petro...Read More
The National Guild of Découpeurs (NGD) was founded in 1970 as a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education in the art of découpage, to encouraging a high level of quality, and to offering an exchange of creative ideas and a Annual Convention and Exhibition. NGD is now a prestigious worldwide Guild. As growth develops, regional chapters are formed where members can join together to hold workshops and learn the many techniques of découpage. Inspiration, creativity and knowledge are generated, leading the découpage artist into new horizons and lasting relationships. In 2008 we added to National Guild of Découpeurs the name Découpage Artists Worldwide as subtitle to better reflect our growing international membership.
We all have our teachers and mentors, who inspired us through the years. These Artists contributed to the Guild’s greatness and continue to inspire young découpeurs with their teaching and experience, and their marvellous works.
Découpage, a French word, refers to the technique of composing a work of art by applying meticulously cut pieces from printed paper to an object. The pieces are carefully arranged into a design, glued into place and finished with many coats of laquer or varnish, with intermittent sanding until the cut-outs can no longer be felt.
Today innovative techniques, styles and products have a great impact on the world of découpage. The traditional technique has been evolved in many different ways which enable an enriched variation in our découpage. The Guild embraces those artists involved in contemporary découpage, although the basis of Guild’s education is Traditional.