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!
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.
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.
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.