Many many moons ago I spent about four years in Olive Bull’s calligraphy class and we learned STACKS about gilding. We mixed our own plaster-type substances to create raised areas on our parchment and gilded with genuine gold leaf, rubbing with burnishers for a brilliant shine.
It’s been a while since I got out the gold leaf, and I have simplified the process A LOT. I can see a lot more gilding popping up in my paintings over the next few months.
If you’ve ever wondered how to do it, I’ve put together this little video (no headshots this time – not a good hair day!) to enlighten you. Enjoy! 🙂
I now have two Online Paint Alongs listed, and both of them include extra videos like this (stringing and varnishing, for example) so if you’re keen, drop by and take a look… then just get started!
You might even feel the need for a bit of gold bling!