Take some cues from the ancient Egyptians, and dress up your work with some sparkly gold. They were the first to use this amazing technique thousands of years ago in their sculptures and paintings.
The gold fascination endured, with gilding work found throughout history and across many cultures. Almost everything imaginable has been adorned with gold at some point. Candelabras, ornate frames furniture to name a few. The most precious old hand written manuscripts were ornamented with illuminations - beautiful gold leaf decorated initial letters, borders and illustrations.
Imitation gold leaf sheets have been used for art, craft and decorative purposes for many decades. The sheets are made from a composite of metals, and an easier to handle, economical alternative to more expensive real gold leaf.
When it comes to gilding, your imagination is the only limitation. Gold leaf can be used to adorn almost any two or three dimensional surface.
Contemporary artists and printmakers absolutely love these Mona’s Smile gold leaf metal sheets. When creating hand-finished limited editions, gilding is a stunning embellishment. Add value to your work and ensure that each print has a completely unique touch.
Applying gold leaf is a form of mark making. Every individual piece of gilding will have its own unique texture imprint. Gold leaf will also catch the light and add depth and dimension to any work.
Have fun adding gilded details to your paintings. Whether you work on stretched canvas, timber panel, watercolour paper, aluminium panels, gild all you want. The Mona’s Smile gold leaf metal sheets can be easily glued over a variety of mediums - they will adhere to acrylics, inks, oils or watercolour paint.
If you are making or working with objects, there are plenty of suitable surfaces. Polymer clays, papier-mâché and even pottery will all take gold leafing beautifully.
Think about decorating some small furnishing items. Picture frames, a set of small draws for your knick-knacks, a pencil holder, or a wooden box are all possibilities. There are endless potential projects waiting to happen.
Stationery designers, you will find gilding never fails to add a touch of class and sophistication. Whether your work is highly decorated and traditional or sleek and minimal, gold leaf will make it stand out. Invitations, place cards, or thank you notes will positively glow with some well placed Mona’s Smile gold leaf metal sheets.
Consider creating personalised notebook, diary or journal covers by applying some strips of gold leaf. Uniquely gilded covers make exquisite gifts for someone special.
Working with Mona’s Smile gold leaf metal sheets is very straight-forward.
Mark out the area you wish the gold leaf to cover, and apply a thin layer of gold size. You can do this with a paint brush, or whatever works best for your surface and the shape. Gold leaf metal sheets can tarnish and turn green if left unprotected, so also select an appropriate tannin sealer to protect the finished gilding.
Carefully remove a sheet of gold leaf and backing paper, and lay it over the prepared area.
Grab yourself a dry hake brush and use it to gently smooth out any air bubbles or crinkles in the leaf. Hake brushes are the perfect choice as they are made from soft goat hair. They are gentle on the wet gold leaf and won’t tear it so easily.
Now you need to wait. The glue must be allowed to completely dry with the leafing on it before you proceed. If you can, it is best to wait 24 hours. Don’t be tempted to pull at the gold leaf when it is still wet. You may find yourself with disappointing results if you rush in too early.
When you are sure the glue is dry, brush away the gold leaf areas which have not been glued down. You will be left with your perfect area of gilding in tact to enjoy. Mission accomplished.
Mona’s Smile 15x15cm Gold Leaf Metal Sheets 25pcs
Those geniuses at Mona’s Smile have been busy creating the ultimate gold leaf sheets booklet. These alluring metallic sheets have been used in the art and craft industry for millennia. Gold leaf history started with the use of thin applications of beaten gold on sculpture, thrones, and murals way back in the antiquities of Egypt. The first thing Howard Carter, the discoverer of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, said when he peered through the freshly made crevasse in the tomb wall was “I see wonderful things”. It was gold leaf covered treasures he saw glittering in the light of his candle. Ever since then, these delicate metallic sheets have been used for gilding candelabras, making gold frames, and ornamenting mirrors. More recent contemporary uses include the embellishment of artwork. Where would Klimt have been without it?
Gold leaf can adhere to just about anything, both two and three dimension surfaces. Whatever you decide to coat with these ultra-purposeful sheets is as unlimited as your imagination. Stretched canvas, timber panels, watercolour paper, Polymer clay, papier-mâché; even pottery can be enhanced by the addition of gold leaf metal sheets. Foiling techniques are routinely used by designers and can also be found in all forms of print stationery. Where would wedding invitations be without it?
Contemporary artists who sell limited edition print runs love to add gold leaf embellishments. It allows you to individualise the artwork even more. The one-off placement of hand shaped gold leaf in the form of mark making, adds a different dimension to your work and can give your print a bit of razzle-dazzle and pop. Make sure you use the right gold size and tannin sealer when gluing the gold leaf. If you do not, it will tarnish and go green.
How to Apply Mona’s Smile 15x15cm Gold Leaf Metal Sheets
When you use gold leaf metallic sheets, simply mark out the area that you would like your gold leaf metal sheets to cover. Apply a thin layer of gold size or tannin sealer with a paintbrush. This is a water- or acrylic-based adhesive for use with materials made of pure gold for the purposes of gilding. Gently lift out a sheet of gold leaf and backing paper and lay over the gold size or tannin sealer. Smooth out air bubbles and crinkles with a dry hake brush. Hake brushes are the popular go-to tool for this job, as they are made of soft goat hair and won’t tear the wet gold leaf as easily. Let the glue dry with the leafing on it - don’t be tempted to pull the gold leaf off while the glue is still wet. Be patient if you want to get the best results. It’s best to leave it in place and untouched for 24-hours if you can. When you return to your work the following day, brush off the excess gold leaf, wherever it did not attach to the glue. Et voilà, you have accomplished your gold leaf enhancement.