WIDE-EYED cats with pointy tails were being sold at a bazaar last Christmas. They don't meow and they appear rigid. They also come in different colors and prints.
The cats are actually pieces of decoupage pins and pendants made by Ma. Rita A. de Leon of Handmade Lemonade as part of her crafts business. Some of the cats don't have facial features while others have luscious eyes and lips.
She also likes to make decoupaged coasters, collages on wood, plastic or ceramic tiles and other décor items using cutouts from magazines, comic books, patterned paper and even fabrics.
“One day for cutting, another for decoupaging, applying resin and letting it to cure. The last day is for assembling. If I find images of animals I like, I can use them to make coasters or collages. I can also make pet portraits with polymer clay and I sometimes make bracelets with animal charms such as dogs, cats, dolphins and unicorns. I also make keychains using bottle caps with animal images in them,” she added.
1. Cut the paper to fit the bezel or surface.
2. Brush the decoupaging liquid (acrylic emulsion) on the surface.
3. Stick the paper onto the surface, smooth out bumps and bubbles.
4. Apply acrylic emulsion again on top and let it dry.
5. Mix the resin and hardener in equal parts (the kit has detailed instructions for the time required and the process needed to prevent air bubbles from forming).
6. Apply the resin on the surface and cure for 24 hours or more. If the surface is still sticky, allow extra curing time.
7. Assemble the necklace or accessory by attaching the rings, chains or pins.
Marita said anyone interested in decoupage can also learn by watching online tutorials. She's willing to share her hands-on knowledge and experiences to private groups that want to have a workshop as part of their activities.
Aside from bazaars, Handmade Lemonade products are also sold online. Marita also consigns her one-of-a-kind pieces to The Wander Space and Empire Fashion Cafe, both at Maginhawa St. in Quezon City. She plans to also bring her arts and crafts at Artekat Boutique in Katipunan, Quezon City.
She prices her creations quite reasonably: P180 for a decoupaged cat necklace and P150 for a pin. Coasters sell for P150 to P200 a piece. Her small gold cat earrings cost P100 a pair. But if you are nuts about cats, chances are you'd buy more than just one of Marita's handmade cats. Your struggle will be real but, in the end, those wide-eyed whimsical cat pins and pendants will likely win.
*For more information on Handmade Lemonade, visit their Facebook page.