If there is anywhere decoupage paradise - it is in Brazil! When I was just making plans for my trip I mainly was interested in products Daiara well-known Brazilian craftswoman Iara Carparo. And here I want to thank Olga Ponomarenko who are going to deal with Daiara products and who provided me with the comprehensive informations. Thank you very much, Olga!
But I would be completely lost in Sao Paulo without help of my dear friend (I hope!) Mercedes Duran and her daughter who not only took me to the craft shops, gave me invaluable advice on all products but also showed me her wonderful works in her atelier. I am so thankful to Mercedes! If you do not know yet HERE is her blog where you can see her beautiful works!
Yes, I've bought some Daiara products but I was surprised how many other firms and labels exist and all are products of Brazilian industry. Now I have materials of three firms at least.
I bought a lot of MDF blanks of which there are huge variety and endless choice. And at very reasonable prices! I was not going to buy but just could not help it!
This is a little haberdashery box with three sticks for holding thread rolls.
And the next is a box with laser cut design on the lid. This design is created by Mercedes!
And this is my decoupage treasure! My main goal was to buy a colourless Goma Laca. I use Goma Laca (shellac) for making craquelure but usualy it is a bit yellowish, even the very best and I had no idea that such thing as colourless shellac exists! It does exist and I bought plenty! What else?.. Primer, glue for napking, fabric and decoupage paper, size for gilding, liners, even some paint!
I was told that in June Sao Poulo hold a large fair of craft products, the biggest in South America. I can imagine!
Some of these materials I have already tried (not all yet!) and very happy with.
Being inspired by Mercedes's works I bought some laser cut decorative details (I wish I got more!)
Some day I went to see other shops which sell products for other crafts such as knitting and sewing. They are endless and huge, and everything is very cheap by our standards! I could not resist and bought a few rolls of ribbons and even lace!
And there are some things which I had no idea what they are for, like this. Do you know what it is for? I didn't! It is for making even dots! If you want to make a lot of dots of the same size you use it! And there is a choice of four sizes in each piece! I am lost for words...
Dear girls! If any of you are interested in any particular product or you want to get some additional information, just ask!
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