October 9, 2013

DIY Gold Leaf Art

Even though my silver leaf desk still haunts me in my dreams almost a month later, I decided to try gold leafing one more time. I'm not easily deterred, and was determined to conquer this elusive little leaf creature. This time, I thought it would be best to choose something smaller than a desk, and opted for art.
Good news. Turns out gold leafing isn't all that hard. 
As long as you gold leaf something the size of a pepperoni.

I really love the gold foil prints I've been seeing everywhere, but they are usually pretty pricey. So, I decided to make my own instead. I created three different prints, two for the living room gallery wall (seen here!) and one for the bedroom.

I framed it in a Target frame that I talked myself out of buying for roughly 8 months. But then it went on clearance for $5 and my mind said no, but my body walked it straight to the checkout lane.
I think it hypnotized me.

Anyways, turns out they're a perfect pair...
You can't fight destiny.

So, here's what you'll need to make some gold leaf art of your own.

Gold leaf foil (I used this one.)
Stencil (This one comes with letters, numbers, and symbols.)
White cardstock (I love these heavyweight mixed paper notebooks from Target. They are only $5 and I've been using the same one for all my artwork for nearly 3 years.)
Scrapbooking glue (This one worked best for me. I tried basic Elmer's glue, but the foil kept flaking off.)
Large brush (I used a $1 makeup brush from Target.)
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Let's get started!

Step #1:
Place your stencil on the cardstock and apply the glue evenly inside the stencil. The scrapbooking glue had a sponge tip and a sharp tip, which worked out perfectly. You can also use a small paintbrush to spread the glue evenly if needed.

Step #2:
Carefully remove the stencil and place a sheet of gold leaf on top of the glue. 
It's super flimsy, so go easy with the manhand.

Step #3:
Let the glue dry completely. It took about an hour. I got impatient several times and totally had to start over. True story. When the glue is completely dry, lightly dust the excess leaf off with a large, soft brush. 
It's kinda fun to watch the shape appear.

And that's all there is to it...easy gold leaf art!

I can't wait to show you the other two I made. Hopefully, I'll finish the living room soon. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
I'm still chasing after that turtle

That's all for today, friends! Thanks for stopping by! 

*Update: You can see the other two prints and living room reveal here.

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  1. I so love looking at all the stuff you create. You give people like me hope!

  2. Very cute and simple! I need to try this gold leaf! I love the way it looks!

    House Envy

  3. Very cute...never would have thought of using scrapbooking glue for that!

  4. love love love- especially that frame- what a great look

  5. This is adorable. I just redid my powder room and put all gold accessories. I might add this in.

    1. Oh, that would be so cute! Thanks for your sweet words, Angela! xo

  6. That is beautiful! So pretty in that frame. I have been wanting to try gold leafing and you've inspired me to start with a small project. Love the heart

    1. Awesome! You definitely should! It's actually pretty fun...well, the little projects! Ha! :) Thank you Allison!

  7. Super cute!! I have that frame. I couldn't resist it either. Target totally has a way of taking over my body the minute I walk into that store. I should be banned from entering...or at least my hubby thinks so. ;)

    1. HA! So true! It can't be helped! Thanks Gabbi! xo

  8. I have been eyeing up the same frame for month. I love how it looks with the gold leaf heart!

  9. Oh my goodness--I got that same frame from Target on clearance two days ago! I, too, had been looking at it with longing for months :-)

  10. Adorable! I can't relate at all to getting impatient with the glue drying and having to start over. Not at ALL.

  11. I loved this so much that I went right to the thrift store and found a round frame in hideous condition and went to work. It cost a whole dollar :) They also had frames that were already gold, but my husband said it perfectly...."I know you didn't get the already gold ones. That's far too easy for you." Ha! I will email a picture of the final product!

  12. So pretty but what do you do with the gold flecks that are too pretty to throw away?


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