Viva Decor GmbH, Germany

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Viva Decor GmbH, Bad Salzuflen

Basic techniques

To show you the best way of application you can find here the basic techniques with descriptions in written and illustrated form.


Tearing paper

The paper is torn for decorative angle designs. Grip as closely to the corner as possible when tearing the paper. The resulting irregular corners can be coloured with Paper-Soft-Colour. They appear darker than the surface of the paper. Then roll or bend the paper corners.



Coloring surfaces

Paper-Soft-Color is swabbed onto the paper with a foam stipler in circular motions and with light pressure. Make a test application on a separate piece of paper.

Beautiful colour gradients appear by using two or more colours that can be worked into each other like clouds.



Dab area

3D - color stamp or Rusty can be used extensively by the color is repeatedly spotted thin on the paper.

Receive a small quantity paint from a can and dab the foam stippling on a test sheet so that the color distributed in stippling. Then work on the paper.



Stenciling and smearing

Place stencils onto the paper and completely color the surface over paper and stencil with a foam stipler in circular motions.

Two or more colours may be used.




The stencil is laid flat over the surface to be designed. The paint is thinly spackled onto the free spaces in the stencil with a modeling trowel.

Pasty materials are most suitable for stenciling.



Coloring the stamp

The foam stipler is pressed onto the sponge of the Paper-Soft-Color can to take in the color. Then lightly dab the silicon stamp several times.
Upon initial use of Paper-Soft-Color the stipler may be pressed hard onto the sponge several times in order to „pump“ the color into the sponge.




Pull the silicon stamp from the carrier foil and place it flat-side-down onto an acrylic stamp block. Upon initial use the stamp may stick very tightly to the carrier foil. Color the stamp as described with slight pressure, gently onto the paper surface. This allows for especially precise lacy patterns.



Directly from the pen

Place the color directly onto the paper for drops or half-pearls, with equal pressure on the pen. Lines form when the color - with equal pressure on the pen - is drawn along the surface.
Tip: With a painting tip it is possible to create especially fine lines.




On a flat surface paint the dried Relief-Paperpaste with a foam stipler as described. Allow to dry.

Then lightly grind the elevated areas with fine sandpaper. Then the relief appears to have an erratically bright tone.



Spackle effects

To achieve irregular surface effects, pastelike paints may be partially and lightly spackled.
This requires only a little paint, e.g. Rusty or 3D stamp paint, on the trowel before lightly rasping it on the surface painted with Rusty, etc.