How to: Gold Leaf

May 26, 2017

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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