Gold Leafing

Step One

  • Basecoat the area to be gold leafed with a solid basecoat of acrylic color. A Red Iron Oxide color is traditional, but I normally use a dark color that compliments the project.
  • Working in one section at a time, apply a thin coat of GOLD LEAF ADHESIVE size. Apply a thin, even coat, with no puddles. Wash brush in soapy water. Allow the adhesive to set up until completely clear.
  • For small to medium size areas, tear leafing into squares (approximately 1” square). Tear several layers at once, leaving the leaf between the tissue.
  • With clean, dry hands touch a piece of leaf with your finger tip, pick it up, and apply it to the surface. Tap in place with a soft mop brush. Some overlapping is desired.

Step Two

  • When surface is completely covered, gently smooth out the leaf with a small, soft brush. Fine cracks and spots of basecoat will show through where leaf has torn. Remove excess leaf with the brush. Save small scraps to leaf tiny areas or board edges.

Step Three

  • If possible allow to dry overnight. Burnish with a folded pad of velvet or a piece of nylon stocking until smooth. Carefully remove all loose leafing with a brush.

Step Four

  • Apply a coat of GOLD LEAF SATIN SEALER or spray with DecoArt sealer/finisher – DAS12 over leafed area. Allow to dry two hours.

Gold leafed areas are usually “antiqued” with a color that is complimentary to the project. You may antique with oil, alkyds, or acrylics. There is also a bottled gold leaf antiquing available.

Completed Project

  • Completed project with gold leafing.