Tuesday, April 9, 2013

DIY Gold Leaf Monogram Art


Today we have fun tutorial from my contributor, Brittany! She is constantly coming up with great projects on her blog, brittanyMakes. I LOVE her latest DIY project and I think you will to! 

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  Hey friends! Today I'm going to share with you a very simple art project that will definitely add a little bling to your home.  This project is twist on traditional art, we're going to use sheets of gold foil and school glue to get that custom, shiny, gorgeous look of gold with some pure satisfaction of creating the piece yourself. 



Here are the supplies you need:


First, stencil out your letter or shape of choice.  Using a paint brush, fill the shape with a light coat of school glue.



Next, cover the letter with one layer of gold foil.  Let the whole thing dry for a couple hours, you want the glue completely dry before brushing away the excess.  Once the glue is dry, take a soft artist brush and gently brush away the excess gold foil.  You'll be surprised how easily the foil will just fall from the edge of the letter.   This is the moment when you grab your broom or vacuum, because you'll need it to pick up all the gorgeous gold foil dust!  Or you can do as I do and let your dogs sniff the gold leaf as it falls from the paper, they end up with gold bits stuck to their noses (it's so cute!) :)



Lastly, trim and frame your masterpiece and display in your favorite spot - in your kitchen, on your mantel, or at your desk! You obviously aren't limited to one letter with this project, try spelling out words like "LOVE" or "HOME", or drawing a large object such as a big heart.

Thank you again Kirsten for sharing this project.  Enjoy!




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Hi! I'm Brittany from the blog brittanyMakes, where I journal my adventures in DIY projects ranging from everyday home decor to handmade jewelry, from tips in photography to stories of bulldogs, and everything else in-between.   I am a fierce accountant by day and a zealous DIYer by night.  I spend my time balancing my love for home decor and design with the everyday responsibilities of my corporate day job.  My main mission is to inspire my readers to do what they love, take risks, and above all, to exercise their creative muscles!

13 comments:

  1. I would love to make this cute project. Thanks for the inspiration! Pinning!

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  2. This is pretty! I might try it with my gold leaf pen for ease. xo

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  3. Love this! I actually just specified something similar for a client, but much more expensive! I'll definitely have to see if she is willing to give a DIY a try!

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    1. I think I saw that! Was it one king's lane? I actually thought this would work for animals or other shapes too! Whatever you can find a stencil for :)

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  4. Oh man, I'm obsessed with ampersands! I painted a similar one (but in turquoise) for our gallery wall a couple of months ago. Love it. This one is gorgeous with the gold leaf! (http://richerfullerbe.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekend-craftivity-easy-ampersand.html)

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  5. Beautiful! I've seen a couple projects with the gold foil now and I'm itching to try it! Thanks so much for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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  6. Do you think this project would work with a piece of darker cardstock, pink for example??

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  7. Gorgeous card yet again Theresa, love your posts you are a true crater, taking a piece of card a stamp and a few stamp pads to make works of art.
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  8. Nice creation..!!i have just seen the Gold craft studio is also values the creation.and they are good in gold leafing process,silver leafing process and antique leafing process....and many more.

    you can find it all details on http:///goldcraftstudio.com/

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  9. This post has been the most helpful of all the posts I've been searching for DIY gold foil! Thank you so so so much for sharing!

    Michelle (@curlygirlmimi)

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