The word decoupage comes from the French "decouper", meaning to cut out or cut from something. In 18th century France, the technique was extremely popular among the fashionable ladies and gentlemen. Engravers offered prints for sale that were specifically aimed at the decoupage artists but it was challenging to satisfy the decoupage artists’ appetite for new images, and they would take their scissors to anything.  At the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, the ladies cut up ORIGINAL paintings by Boucher, Watteau and Fragonard in their quest for new decorations for their decoupage fans, boxes or screens! The designer of this cushion loves decoupage which reminds her of happy childhood memories with a dear family member who decorated her home this way with love.