This gold leaf DIY project is quick and easy, and adds a perfect touch of color to an empty space. It actually started as some fun with color mixing while painting with my niece, but a touch of gold leaf adds just enough personality to frame it! I have a lot of blues/greens in my house, so my dining room needed a small pop of something else. I had everything I needed already, and the frame was a cheap thrift store find, so it was practically free!
What You’ll Need
- paper, any size
- frame (I used 18×20 so that I had plenty of white space)
- white paint plus two shades of another color (I used red and peach to get a coral shade)
- scissors or paper cutter
- Mod Podge or other glue
- gold leaf kit (gold leaf + glue). I used this one
Dive right in and add about a tablespoon of your middle shade directly onto the page. Blend until you’ve covered about half of the sheet with a nice layer Don’t try to make it perfect and leave some visible brushstrokes. Then dab about a 1/4 tablespoon of the darker color right onto your brush or the page and begin blending. Again – not going for perfect. Just have fun!
Blend and add white as you work towards the top. You can stop here or continue to play with the blending. I ended up adding in some lighter areas to break up the ombre effect before I cut into three pieces.
Once you are happy with the colors and the paint has dried, measure your paper and cut three equal sized strips. Mine are 8.5 x 2 inches. An X-acto knife is perfect for this! But mine was buried in art supplies so the paper cutter worked just fine.
Use the pencil to outline a loose, organic line where you will place the gold leaf. Here is why I like pen kits like this one – you can just use the glue pen to lay out the glue in one easy strip, then gently apply the gold leaf! Gently brush away the excess so that you have a nice but imperfect line of gold leaf. If you are not used to handling gold leaf, try tweezers and/or a small, dry paintbrush to work with.
Use Mod Podge or any similar glue to mount your strips – I centered and glued them to the back of the paper that came in my thrift store frame! It worked perfectly. At some point I’ll upgrade to a nice thick mat. Be sure to use a ruler when mounting so you have perfectly equidistant strips.