Gold is everywhere these days, as are inspiring gold leaf projects to try yourself. I confess I've never tried the process, which prompted a recent bout of research. I had no idea there were so many options out there for going gold!
Here are ten products and projects that will help you get a shine on:
1. Liquid Gold Leaf
, a.k.a. "Liquid Leaf," that's used as paint. Simply brush it on your object of choice and let dry. Available at stores like Dick Blick
for either interior or exterior use.
2. Gold Leaf Sheets
can purchased on their own
, or as part of a larger kit
. Apply a layer of adhesive, then the gold leaf, followed by a sealer. Full instructions are available on YouTube
3. Nylon Brushes
are used to apply adhesive before the actual gold leaf, then to brush away excess leaf as it's applied. Available here
4. Gold Leaf Pens
are a fast way to embellish smaller objects, and useful when drawing a design. They work on paper, porcelain, wood, and other materials, and they're less messy than regular golf leaf as well. Available here
5. Gold Leaf Giraffe Ring Dish
from Delightfully DIY
, made using Papier Mache and Liquid Leaf.
6. Gold Arrow Art
from Confetti & Stripes
, made using adhesive pen (see #7) and gold leaf sheets.
7. Adhesive Pen
good for targeting small spots to gold leaf. You can draw a design and the gold leaf will adhere only to the adhesive. Available here
8. Gold Leaf Agate Table Number
from Once Wed
using traditional gold leaf.
9. Gold Leaf Tortoise Shell
from Shore Society
, using traditional gold leaf and a tortoise sculpture by Nate Berkus for Target
10. Liquid Adhesive
applied by brush and used with gold leaf sheets. Also available in spray form
. Available here
Ready to jump in and try it? Let me know how it goes...
(Images: as linked above)