French Provincial Furniture

John Derian's Decoupage Plates

John Derian is a professional decoupage artist who also happens to be collector of  18th and 19th century paper printed antique documents and letters.  His specialty and passion are maps, trade cards, and handwritten letters.  “I seemed to be drawn to the 19th century. There are so many beautiful lithographs (from that era), so I started collecting them.”  It all started for him 16 years ago when he found himself drawn to vintage cards and almanacs.  Derian started enlarging parts of handwritten letters from the 1800s  for a collage experiment, and it was at that point when his career first took off.   His technique known as reverse decoupage is where he applies his carefully cut photocopied 19th century nature illustrations onto the backs of clear glass plates.  He recently told the Denver Post that when he was 20,  he was enrolled in college, but found himself more drawn to antique hunting, so he skipped school and went after his passions full time. (John Derian Photographed By Ryan Benyi)

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