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Bombus: Decoupage Art (UK)

The coolness that exists these days on etsy is sheer bliss. Take this decoupage art by UK artists, Amelia Coward and Lee Hunnisett De Beer of Bombus, which means “busy bee”.


Appearing in the Telegraph and the London Times, this design duo uses vintage maps, hand-printed linen, and comics to cover chairs, tables, bowls, books, teapots… You name it, they can cover it. And Amelia has her own etsy store, where she’ll customize something just for you. After peeking at their work, I had to blog it because it’s pretty cool and I think some of the chairs would be a fun mix around a tulip table or wood farmhouse table, give the dining room a little character… Amelia and Lee also have a website where you can view more of their products. Thanks Amelia for writing in, great work!

(images from bombus)

Posted by decor8 in Arts + Crafts, etsy, furniture on May 03, 2007

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  1. ma vie en rose commented
    May 3rd, 2007 at 3:24pm

    Wow, very cool find. I just love that teapot!

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  2. scrappy girl commented
    May 3rd, 2007 at 8:50pm

    Everyone makes this stuff look so easy, but my guess is that it’s not. Has anyone tried it?

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  3. jotter commented
    May 4th, 2007 at 3:09am

    These are great! I want, I want, I want…

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  4. ma vie en rose commented
    May 4th, 2007 at 5:14pm

    I actually have…I did a decoupage container that I used for holding jewelry. The tough part was really finding cutouts that I liked and arranging them in a visually pleasing manner…the technique itself isn’t that tough. But for big pieces like furniture I would imagine it is pretty time consuming.

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  5. Betty C. Bowen commented
    May 6th, 2007 at 3:18pm

    These look amazing. My middle school art students love to do this, but of course, hand printed linen and vintage maps and actual furniture, well, that’s completely gorgeous.

    scrappy girl, we (at middle school) use Vanos liquid laundry starch and various thin papers, like Joss paper from the Vietnamese grocery (and free) vietnamese newspapers, or pretty gift-wrap tissues (the antique map tissue is a favorite) Then Acrylic medium for varnish. Everything we do is non-toxic of course.

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  6. Anonymous commented
    May 6th, 2007 at 5:03pm

    Yes, I work in decoupage. Which really is the art of cutting and applying paper to furniture, glass, walls, mirrors etc. etc. anything that can hold glue. However the art of the work is mostly in the fine cutting of images to be so used. As done on these objects, while still cut paper. . . the work is much easier to execute because the images are not individually cut out but rather applied in a sheet format. Still well worth doing and attractive results but not a real art form!

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  7. Anonymous commented
    May 7th, 2007 at 7:11am

    Kitsch… definitely.

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  8. Selenarte commented
    June 2nd, 2013 at 5:55pm

    That’s great. I thought nobody does decoupage in UK. Thank you for this find and your lovely site filled with amazing decor.

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