Hey, That's My Cape!: Comic Decoupage

Posted at 10:00 AM Feb 03, 2010

By Jill Pantozzi


Did you ever dream about sitting on Batman's face? I know I have. But I'm really talking about giving your rump a rest on a retro chair with his, Wonder Woman or Spider-Man's mug plastered all over it. Sound like something you'd be into? Today I bring you comic decoupage courtesy of Bombus Design.

If you're not already familiar with it, the art of decoupage is basically layering pieces of paper onto an object to create a new look. It sounds like something a kindergartener would do, but it's a technique that's been perfected by crafters over the years. It involves a lot of glue, a lot of time and a hell of a lot of varnish. Not to mention, a funny spacey feeling in your head for a week or so after. But that's obviously a plus.


Bombus is the brainchild of a British woman named Amelia who went to school for textiles and weaving in the United Kingdom. Tables, chairs, bowls, plates and mirrors are just some of the items she's turned into geek chic. She explains on her Etsy page that she missed making art with her hands after she, "worked for many years in the commercial textile & furniture industry designing upholstery fabrics, sofas, cabinet furniture & rugs but eventually became disenchanted by the use of mass production techniques." Thank god for the disenchanted.

Amelia finds vintage furniture that can no longer be used as-is and turns it into one of these amazing works of art. On the Bombus Flickr account, you can see some of her recycled supplies. The comic collector in me weeps, but the girl in me goes, "Ooh that's pretty!" Amelia isn't a comic fan herself, so she has no idea how much pain is caused by those ripped out pages.

A few of her designs are available for purchase on Etsy, but most of her work is done through commissions. If you're interested, start saving your allowance now. A bowl goes for around $100, while a chair can cost upwards of $500. Think I can get Green Arrow plastered on my headboard?


Patrick Rennie said:

Ollie or Connor?

Jill aka The Nerdy Bird said:

Ollie. Obviously.

Patrick Rennie said:

Fine, I'll take Connor then. Ollie has always struck as too unreliable as a playmate.

To drag the thread back to the article's topic, the comics make the furniture to busy for my tastes. I prefer something simpler.

Jill aka The Nerdy Bird said:

I would totally go for a mirror done like this. And maybe a table but not matching chairs to go with it because that would definitely be too busy.

comicshopgrl said:

That's really neat. I think this would also be a relatively cheap project to try at home. You'd just have to buy glue, varnish, and raid the 25 cent back issue bins at your local comic book shop. Completely doable.

jump said:

Coll decoupage!

jump said:


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