*Thank you to Cutting Edge Stencils for sponsoring this post.*
Things have been so busy with the new house that I haven’t done any fun craft projects lately. And even though making super quick and stressful decisions about $10,000 expenses is crazy fun, I kinda miss the quick and easy projects that provide instant gratification. I’ve been itching to gold leaf something for a while now, so I decided to try and gold leaf with a stencil and make some simple, shiny art.
The good news is that I made simple shiny art. The bad news is that I still haven’t gotten to gold leaf anything.
So do you want to know how NOT to make gold leaf stencil art?
…with gold leaf. Were’t expecting that, were you? Me neither.
I thought this would work, I really did. I thought it would be quick and easy. I figured I’d just adhere my stencil to the canvas, put the gold leaf glue in the stencil design, add the gold leaf, pull up the stencil, and ta-da…perfect gold art. But no, it didn’t work like that. I tried a few different techniques, and nada.
So here’s how you should make gold leaf stencil art.
With gold paint. I know, mind-blowing right? It’s not quite the project I was hoping for, but if it works, it works.
- Canvas (I bought this 6 pack of flat panels)
- Spray adhesive
- White paint (or whatever color you choose)
- Precious Metals 18 Karat Leafing Finish
- Stencil brush
First, paint the canvas white.
This seems like a silly step because the canvas is already white, but it’s actually very important. If you mess up and haven’t painted first, then there’s really no fixing it. If you painted then all it takes is a craft brush and some touch up paint to make your mistakes disappear forever.
Next, use the spray adhesive on the back of the stencil and stick it to your canvas. (The spray adhesive isn’t completely necessary, but it does make life easier.)
Then get to stenciling. (Here is a link to the stencil I used from Cutting Edge Stencils.)
Dab your brush in the paint and then onto your canvas, making sure to use THIN coats (do multiple coats if you must).
Finally, pull off the stencil and make touch-ups as needed.
Here is a side by side comparison of the real gold leaf (left) and gold leaf paint (right).
They’re not the same, but they’re similar. If you look at the first “E” in awesome you can see they are the exact same…the gold leaf paint looks like the gold leaf at max shine all the time, basically.
I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with it (I was really just practicing for a bigger gold leaf project I’m about to start) so I was moving it around the house trying to get a good, clean, pinterest friendly picture. As I was snapping photos I thought to myself “Look how clean my house looks!” Then I felt guilty and thought “Don’t be a jerk Ashley, tell them the truth”. So I snapped a few more honest pictures. That first pic of the sign on the picture ledge? Here it is from a different angle…
The boxes of stuff for the new house are getting ridiculous, the kitchen cabinets are torn apart because we are repainting them to sell, and it’s just generally more chaotic than those nice, clean, closely cropped pictures.
That picture of it on the plank wall? Here ya go….
Wait, I have one more. Pretty, right? I must really have my crap together.
So the “wake up and be awesome” motto doesn’t quite ring true around here…I don’t so much wake up as get woken up, and instead of “be awesome”, I “be sleepy”, “be running late” or “be looking around wondering if we got robbed and vandalized last night, but then remembering that’s just the way my house looks these days”. But wake up and be awesome sounds like a good thing to strive for.