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How to: Gold Leaf

Happy Friday, y'all!

Gather around the proverbial fire as I drop a little art hack for the weekend.

I'm using gold leaf imitation (not real gold, boo!).

A few tips: be sure to shake up your adhesive sizing before using and gold leaf in a well ventilated area. Gold leafing takes some practice and can get a little messy but what fun thing ISN'T?


  • Canvas (my canvas is primed with a napthol red acrylic paint - many gold leafers will use a warm tone underneath to bring out the gold more)

  • Mona Lisa Adhesive Size

  • Soft brushes

  • Gold leaf sheets

  • Bone Tool

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