Hello friends. I have a fun project to share with you all today. I am excited about today's project because it was a first time for me and I love the way it turned out. I never worked with gold leaf before, but I've definitely thought about it. Then, when Uncommon Goods asked me to review one of their products, I fell in love with the cursive text of this "You Are Beautiful" wood sign. It was created by artist Matthew Hoffman, and it is available in two sizes: two and three feet long. I chose the two foot sign, and I was presently surprised when it arrived in the mail how smooth the wood feels when you run your fingers along it, and how the edging is nicely finished in a chocolate brown stain. So, painting it was out of the question to maintain that lovely edging, so I decided to try a little gold leaf DIY.
TOOLS & MATERIALS:
First, I made sure the sign was clean. Then, following the instructions on the gilding sheets package, I carefully applied the adhesive onto the sign's surface with a sponge brush moving from left to right. I made sure not to leave any streaks, and also not to get any glue on that beautiful edging. According to the package, you must wait a few minutes for the adhesive to become tacky before moving on to the next step. To test, simply touch with your finger. I did this, and it felt tacky after about 5 minutes. Then I moved on to step 2.
Again starting from the left side of the sign, apply one of the gilding sheets with the wax backing facing up. Press gently down so that the gold leaf adheres, or use a new sponge brush for this step, applying a little force. Pull sheet away gently and use a new, clean brush to smooth out the gold leaf paper, and continue these steps for the entire sign. I used four gilding sheets of the package of 12 for this project.
You may find that the gilding sheets do not adhere 100%. You can go back and apply a little more adhesive on those spots, wait for that tackiness factor, then apply more gold leaf. I had to go back and do this several times. I found that leaving the gilding sheets on longer the second time, helped a little bit.
You can also use the sponge brush to clear away the excess gold leaf around the edges of the sign. It flakes off easily.
After your sign is complete, wait about 1 - 2 hours before handling it. The product comes with double sided stickers if you wish to hang it (the item is very light weight, therefore stickers are sufficient enough).
My sign has a lot of small imperfections, some I left that way on purpose.
But let's go back and talk about that beautiful cursive lettering in the sign. I have never seen a product so unique. Uncommon Goods sells all kinds of interesting and useful products by artists, designers and jewellery makers, and most of their products are crafted in the U.S.A. If you're looking for a gift, or something for home, check out Uncommon Goods today.
Thank you to Uncommon Goods for graciously sending me this product to review. All opinions, tutorial, and ideas are my own.
Thank you friends for visiting the blog today. Have you tried gold leafing before? Did you use a sealer on your project? The product I used didn't require it, but I would love to learn more if you have any advice.
I hope you have a wonderful day :)