Slate Decoupage – How To & Photos

When painting on slate, I recommend using quality paint like acrylic. The museum does not have any paint supplies. Well, they have very old tempura paint that hasn’t been used in the four years I’ve worked there and some of the youth tried using it but it was very watery. I supplied the use of my acrylic paints and brushes. We would LOVE to have a supply of our own – even if it’s just the primary colors. So, if you’d like to donate… Great! It seems some of our programs and even summer camp use paints and although I don’t mind using mine, they are becoming depleted. After painting on your slate, give it a good spray of clear varnish.

When decoupaging on slate, we used glue to paste down the magazine images and then covered it with a thin coat of Mod Podge. Yes, you can use a glue and water mixture for the cover, BUT if it’s not the correct ratio, you’ll get too wet or too clumpy. The Mod Podge is a bit expensive but a little goes a long way.

Here are photos of the kid’s work. I think I missed one or two as either they were still working on it or I got busy and missed the opportunity to take a photo and for that I apologize. I will be more than happy to take a photo, just bring it by or email one to me and I’ll post it.

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