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December 3, 2015

DIY Gold Leaf Painting

Hey y'all! 

I have a quick and easy DIY gold leaf painting for you today! It took me less than half an hour to make, and along the way I discovered some gold paint that actually looks like real gold leaf (without all of the hassle of applying real gold leaf). 
Because with a 6 month old baby, I have approximately 3 seconds to pursue anything creative. So, like who has time for difficult things. 

Here's a close-up of my latest gold leaf painting (and probably my easiest art project to date). 

I actually made this for my office that I'm currently re-doing, but it's still in progress, so I decided to hang it in the dining room for a little while.

gold leaf painting dining room

So, here's a quick tutorial.

I started with a square canvas, added a little Modeling Paste (affiliate link) to give it some texture, and painted it black (Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze to be specific). Jesse helped me make a simple wooden frame that I spray painted silver.

Then, I taped a stencil to the canvas. This is one of my favorite stencils that I've used several times now (you can tell by the layers of pink and white paint all over it). I can't find the exact stencil I bought, but this link will take you to one that's almost identical.

Then, I just applied my gold paint. 

I usually use a mini paint roller when I'm using a stencil because it doesn't bleed under the stencil, but this paint is oil based and really thick, so it worked pretty well with just a paintbrush. I gooped it on pretty thick, too, just because I liked how it looked.

The gold leaf paint I used was called Precious Metals in
 18 kt Gold (affiliate link). It comes in a tiny little container, but a little goes a long way. And it's amazing.

 I've used a lot of real gold leaf in the past few years and this paint is the closest I've found to the real stuff.

Once you are done applying the paint, just remove the stencil and let it dry.

And that's all there is to it!
Pretty easy, right? 

That's all for today, guys! 
Thanks so much for being here. I'll leave you with a picture of Ava, who is 6 months old as of this week. She loves laughing at her daddy, dancing in her jumper, hats, bathtime, and waking up at 3 am. 

 'Til next time.

P.S. For more art ideas, go here and here.

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  1. Beautiful artwork! I think that the black and gold go so well together! And your baby girl is adorable! Congratulations :-)

  2. Very creative and unique. Love how it turned out, and Ava is precious.... Love the things she enjoy, particularly waking up that early ;)). Enjoy her


  3. I was reading about something, but when I got to the picture of Ava, such a cutie pie, I quickly forgot the rest. :) Your baby is so adorable. And that smile, I am sure lights up your whole world. Beautiful!!!

  4. Ava is just precious! Love her little hat!

  5. It's adorable! (The art & the baby!!)

    Thanks Virginia!

    Visiting from LorimerLiving.Com
    XO, Jaclyn

  6. I love it! and I love the rug under your table, a nice pop of color! Before I had my children someone told me I wouldn't have time for artsy things....but I was amazed at what I could get done in a few seconds...or maybe minutes. I look forward to all the things you are going to accomplish with pretty, little Ava underfoot.

  7. Beautiful! Both the painting and little Ava! I enjoy your blog so much and miss you when you're gone! But, you've gotta change that description of yourself: I'm a newlywed and new homeowner AND A NEW MOM!

  8. Could that baby be any cuter??????

  9. Wow that girl looks just like her momma! ❤️

  10. You are so artistic and creative. I do not know how you came up with this idea but it looks soo expensive!!! And very very chic. You have a very high end style that I admire! I'm glad you are getting more sleep and enjoying being Mommy after the year plus of health stuff. Thank you for not keeping this posh project to yourself!!!

  11. Beautiful as usual! Do you apply the modeling paste with a standard type trowel?

  12. I cant decide which I like best-the artwork or THE artwork,meaning your amazing little girl who looks exactly like you!!! Congratulations on both!!!

  13. Omg your baby is adorable! Good as "gold," I'll bet! 😉

  14. What an adorable baby!! She looks like a little angel. =) Love those baby cheeks! And gorgeous picture. <3

  15. That's so cool! Sophisticated. Pretty, Love it. Good luck with your baby, as I am sure everyone has told you, it gets easier:).

  16. I love it, so simple! And Ava is adorable :)

  17. I love this piece so much.I'm definitely going to give it a try. The modelling paste is a great idea!


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