"I like to think that my hand-made designs go beyond what's considered "trendy" from one season to the next.
I'd rather create lighting pieces which make a connection, and continue to enhance a space for years and years to come.
Rachel Burke, Patturn Studio
The process I use and teach is free to all. In fact, it's so low-tech, I guarantee just about anyone has the resources at their disposal to give it a crack.
I'm no expert. Rather I've spent years experimenting with the age old art of decoupage and am happy to pass on tips. Working with paper is a bit of a passion for me, and being able to "make over" lampshades as a source of unique lighting for the home - just makes it special all round.
The shades you can use for these projects are a standard construction - you can buy them at many retail outlets. Shades will come ready-produced with safety standards you can rely on. Look for a heat resistant plastic inner layer, ready for you to apply your paper design on the outer fabric layer, like cotton, linen, or synthetic blends.
Then finalising your design with lacquer will seal in and protect your paper for durability and stain-resistance.
A practical alternative to fabric covered lamps shades, these shades are easy to clean and maintain. Simply dry dust or wipe with a damp cloth.