Today, I’m going share a pretty straight forward DIY that I absolutely adore (with a gold leafing kit and canvas from Michael’s, you end up paying about $10-15 per piece.) When I was on a gold leafing kick a couple years back, I was also in the midst of decorating the nursery for Harper who was in my belly at the time.
It was difficult to find nice nursery – appropriate art that was neutral and didn’t cost a fortune (**I slipped here and ended up spending big bucks on framing – who knew framing could be ridiculously expensive? – because I loved the way the art turned out and thought they were worthy of being preserved in expert framing) I’ll share a trick that I learned from the framing fiasco for those of you interested in saving big in a bit.
What you need:
- 1 hour (total) per piece
- animal silhouettes of your choice (check Google Images) printed in similar scale
- gold leafing kit (mine is from Michael’s)
- gold leafing or paint brushes for gold leaf
- sealant spray
First, you’ll want to print out animal (or your choice) of silhouettes and cut them out to stencil. Trace each one on one canvas as close to the center as possible using a pencil. You need to be mindful about what angle you are holding the pencil and which direction you are tracing so that you smudge as minimal as possible outside of your line.
Once you have your shape traced onto the canvas, gold leaf using directions from the kit by spreading the adhesive with a small paint brush up to the edges of your shape. Go ahead and cover the pencil line so it doesn’t show once the leaf is down. I suggest to work in sections, dividing each piece in 4. Once the adhesive sets, in 30 minutes or less, lay the gold onto your piece. Brush off any excess leafing and save the bits that fall off. They’ll come in handy when you do a second round of leafing to just the parts with canvas showing where the leaf didn’t stick.
Do one or two more rounds to be sure the entire image is covered in leafing. Allow to dry overnight. Seal with a spray sealant and allow to dry.
**I spent over $400 in framing and matting from Michael’s including a 60% plus 35% discount during one of their framing coupon specials. They really make the pieces in my eyes, but I’m well aware it could be absurd to spend that much. If I were looking to save money, I’d collect gold frames or framed artwork from Marshall’s or Homegoods (preferably with matting) for $20 or less and replace the image or writing with my own art.
No need for animal art? Here are other ideas that might be right up your alley:
- monogram intials/initial
- your home state shape
- geometric shapes
- silhouette of your child or pet
- feathers or leafs
- geo patterns
Hope you have as much fun with this one as I did. Please do share how yours turned out!