How to Gold Leaf Everything

How to gold leaf anything and everything. Tutorial on using all types of leaf on variety of materials

In the previous post we looked out various types of gold leaf, foil, gold paint etc.  Basically a run down of all the different types of methods you can use to gold leaf items.  A lot of those techniques work better with certain materials.  Whaaaa????  Trust me, gold foil is going to look a lot nicer on fabric than spray paint!  Not all methods work with all materials, though, traditional gold leaf is going to be pretty dang versatile and look the closest to, well… gold leaf.  If you are looking for gold leaf by technique check out Part I, … Read more…

How to Gold Leaf Anything

How to gold leaf anything and everything. Tutorial on using all types of leaf on variety of materials

So you want to gold leaf… Fabric? Paper? Plastic?  Not all gold leaf is the same and/or built for the same purpose.  Different materials and different gold leafing techniques render VERY different results.  I have written a number of tutorials on gold leafing, but there are so many other great guides. I wrote this post to be the  source for how to add gold to all of your projects.  I have broken projects down by techniques, such as gold leaf sheets, rub and buff, etc and in my second post I will go over gold leafing different materials such as … Read more…

Modern Art: Concrete Style

Basic Orange Ombre Modern Art

I have a confession, I have never been a huge fan of modern art.  Having studied the theory and history behind a larger portion of 20th century art I have an appreciation for the merits… but the aesthetics… meh, not my thing.  Let me tell you, that was not a popular opinion in art school.  However I have a modern house, with industrial decor.  This has changed my viewpoint.  It takes a lot more work to integrate a classical oil portrait with our furnishings.  In fact, I felt like we needed some modern color in our rather neutral decor instead … Read more…

Bookcase Ideas: A Quick Makeover

detail of wallpapered bookcase

One of the neat features of the new house was a large built in bookcase, but it had the featureless contractor-white of a new house.  I needed some bookcase ideas and fast.  I wanted to make it pop, especially, before we filled it with items. I was in the process of trying to look through ideas for bookcase makeovers when I happened on the clearance section of Target.  Okay, Adam happened upon the clearance section of Target… BUT, I took to the idea immediately.  We decided to try some navy and gold peel and stick wallpaper.  It is removable and … Read more…

DIY Gold Leaf Lamp Shade

Completed gold leaf lampshade with edison bulb

I have always admired the look of a gold leaf lampshade, but I have not admired the price.  DIY to the rescue!  I did the DIY gold leaf lamp shade for two different shades.  I absolutely love the look of the gold leaf paired with the warm glow of  Edison bulbs.  I like it even better when I just squash my liberal guilt down and tell myself that it is an accent light and I don’t reaaaalllllyyyy need to be using the LED’s to save the environment… Anyway, back to the tutorial. How to DIY Gold Leaf a Lamp Shade … Read more…