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Course: How to Gold Leaf & Acrylic Painting Ideas Over Gold Leaf

How to Gold Leaf & Acrylic Painting Ideas Over Gold Leaf

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About this Course

Easily add gold and other metal leaf to any surface, for fine art paintings and craft projects. Learn all the steps from start to finish, including cool tips and tricks, to leaf application. Discover which types of leaf to use, best tools and materials, how to prepare your surface to permanently adhere the leaf, and best ways to seal and protect the leaf. This course then takes you even further by exploring an array of acrylic painting techniques that work best to compliment the leaf, including glazing, texture, faux tarnish effects and other contemporary paint applications. Please note this course is also included in The Ultimate Acrylic Painting Course, created by this same instructor available here on Simpliv - for even more exciting acrylic painting ideas.

Basic knowledge
  • Some familiarity with acrylic paints and mediums would be helpful but not required
What you will learn
  • Apply gold or other metal leaf successfully, as well as how to combine leaf with acrylic paint to create a finished painting
Curriculum
Number of Lectures: 18
Total Duration: 01:42:48
Creating a gold leaf surface
  • Lecture 1- Welcome from Your Instructor  

    Welcome from your instructor. Please view two documents in resources. One has a summary of all the steps in Section 1 to gold leaf a surface. The other is a full course supply list.

  • Lecture 2 – Introduction to Gold Leaf  

    Inspirational ideas for using gold leaf in combination with painting.

  • Lecture 3 - All About Supplies for Leafing  

    Descriptions on supplies needed to apply leaf to a surface.

  • Lecture 4 - Step One – Preparing Your Surface for Leaf  

    Important preparation steps prior to leafing. Options to add color and texture underneath the leaf.

  • Lecture 5 – Step Two – Applying Leaf Adhesive  

    Tips to apply the leaf size, or leaf adhesive onto your surface.

  • Lecture 6 – Step Three – Applying Leaf and Burnishing  

    Learn how to apply the leaf onto the adhesive, and then burnish it to make sure it sticks well.

  • Lecture 7 – Step Four – Removing Excess Leaf  

    Clean off the excess leaf to reveal your gleaming leafed surface.

  • Lecture 8 – Step Five – Sealing the Leaf  

    How to seal the leaf to protect it from tarnishing

Acrylic Painting on Gold Leaf
  • Lecture 9 – Introduction to Acrylic Painting Ideas on Gold Leaf  

    Ideas to combine painting techniques with leaf.

  • Lecture 10 – Key Concepts about Painting on Leaf  

    A leaf surface can be painted on just like any surface. However, by understanding the three types of overpainting layers (transparent, transluscent and opaque) you will have an easier time achieving the results you want.

  • Lecture 11 – Subtle Glazing Techniques  

    How to mix a subtle glaze mixture to slightly shift the leaf color warmer or cooler.

  • Lecture 12 – Intensely Colored Glazing Techniques  

    Using some cool tricks you can veil or slightly shift the glossy glow of the leaf in places to create atmospheric effects and the feeling of space in a 2D painting.

  • Lecture 13 – Translucent Glazing Techniques  

    Using some cool tricks you can veil or slightly shift the glossy glow of the leaf in places to create atmospheric effects and the feeling of space in a 2D painting.


  • Lecture 14 – Using Glass Bead Gel on Gold Leaf  

    Another way to create translucency as in the previous lecture, however this product is super cool and gives a mysterious textural quality to your leafed surface.

  • Lecture 15 Acrylic Paint Color on Leaf  

    Tips on applying paint color to your leafed surface.

  • Lecture 16 – Sanding Effects on Leaf  

    Learn some fancy ways to remove paint to change an image, and to create interesting special effects by sanding paint off the leafed surface.

  • Lecture 17 – Pastes and Special Effects on Leaf  

    Watercolor effects (using acrylic paint) can be obtained by applying absorbent pastes over the leaf. Great way to create a faux tarnish look that is superb!

  • Lecture 18 – Final Sealing Process to Protect the Leaf  

    Learn why it is a good idea to apply a final varnish over your completed painting.

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