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 fabric, wood, etc… See Part II here
How to Gold Leaf Anything and Everything Part I
Gold Leaf Sheets
How to Gold Leaf a Lampshade How to use Traditional Gold Leaf Sheets
Gold Leaf Embellished Curtains – The Gathered Home Gold simple leaf on fabric
How to Make Mercury Glass Votives – HGTV gold and silver leaf used to make mercury glass finish
This method is often used to adhere gold leaf to fabric and sometimes paper for a smoother finish.
Gold Foil, the Right Way to Gold Leaf Fabric Step by step tutorial on how to use Gold Foil
Forget Gold Leaf — Gold Transfer Foil Is the Stuff DIY Dreams Are Made Of – Brit + Co Gold foil tote bag
DIY Gold Foil Prints – The House of Wood Using heat reactive foil on paper
This is a wax based rub that you apply via a small cloth or fingers to a variety of objects
Goodwill Rocks, Rub ‘n Buff for a Gold Leaf Luster Using Rub n’ Buff to give a golden luster to thrift store finds
Gold Leaf versus Rub ‘n Buff – City Suburb Sanity The differences between traditional gold leaf and Rub ‘n Buff
French Linen Console – Centsational Girl How to dry brush Rub n’ Buff
Comes in a variety of spray, enamel, acrylic, etc. You can brush, sponge, spray, and coat in almost any method you would use a regular paint.
Making a Golden Apple Using gold spray paint to make Thanksgiving Decorations
DIY Gold Leaf Paint – The Creativity Exchange Gold enamel paint on glass
Which Gold Spray Paint is the Best – Chris Loves Julia Run down of the top 4 gold spray paints
This is really a specialized paint mixture that has a heavy metallic content. Beware the smell and use in a well ventilated area. Stinky stinky! The look is somewhat closer to traditional gold leaf than a lot of other paints.
Liquid Leaf and PaperClay How to use liquid leaf on a variety of materials and Paperclay seashells
Gold Leaf Feathers – B@H Make gold tipped feathers
Gold Gilded Save the Dates – Wouldn’t It Be Lovely Paper edged in liquid leaf
Gold Leaf Pen
Quick and easy pen that produces a gold paint. Some pens can be used on ceramics and glass to give a semi-permanent and washable finish.
Entry Table Makeover – Calling it Home Using a gold leaf pen to accent a table
DIY Gift Guide: Mother’s Day Mugs – Lauren Conrad Gold leaf been to make washable ceramic mugs
Dress up Plain, Cheap Ballet Flats with This Peacock Feather DIY – Babble Updating flats with pen
Edible Gold Leaf
Gold leaf you can eat! Feel fancy and full. Comes in spray, sheets, and powders.
Gold Leaf Wedding Cake – Ashlee Marie How to gold leaf an entire cake tier
Golden Birthday Cupcakes – Betty Crocker Using edible gold luster dust
Gold Covered Oreos – We’re Calling Shenanigans Using edible gold spray