Well, it’s not a lily. It’s a picture frame. I’m linking up with Edie at Life in Grace (and many other fabulous bloggers I haven’t gotten to meet yet) for this month’s Ditto DIY challenge, Going for the Gold. The challenge is to gild something or paint it gold. I decided I wanted to try gold leafing (is that a real word?) something, so this was my chance. Here’s what I used:
Frog Tape, gold leaf, sizing (which is just a fancy name for adhesive), a 3/4″ paintbrush, and a chunky wooden picture frame. I knew this particular frame would be a challenge, but I wanted the juxtaposition of the rustic texture of the wood and the refined elegance of the gold leaf.
First, I taped off the stripes using my beloved Frog Tape (oh, how I love Frog Tape). My trusty helpers made sure the edges were pressed firmly to the rough frame.
Note: because of the rough texture and the wood was quite porous, we decided to use two coats. After a bit of drying time it becomes tacky. Next we gently applied the gold leaf. Essentially the thin sheets of “gold” will adhere wherever the sizing medium is applied. It is a bit tricky, but it’s fun!
We went back and applied a bit more sizing and leaf in a few spots that were a little bare. After that I took this baby outside and burnished (another fancy word that just means rubbed) the whole frame to dust off the extra bits. Next I gently removed the tape….et VOILA!