DIY Watercolor Painting with Gold Leaf

Illustrated instructions, including recommended supplies, to make a DIY watercolor painting with gold leaf embellishment.  Make your own art!

Ready to make a quick DIY Watercolor Painting? I’m all about making my own art and this was a quick and easy project.  But first, the back story.

I’m still doing some decorating in Kate’s room…but it’s been on a rather sporadic basis. I’ve been trying to squeeze it in between my knitting projects and my uncluttering projects.  The truth is,  I rarely start and finish a project without several detours along the way…can you relate?

Still on my ‘Kate’s Room To Do’ list was to gather some art for the ubiquitous gallery wall that she requested.  We re-purposed many pictures and frames that we already had, but we needed some pops of pink and, as is my wont, I opted to make art instead of buy it.

 [bctt tweet=”as is my wont, i opted to make #art instead of buy it #painting #watercolor #abstract #cotman”]

This was a nice, quick project and a needed respite from the paper mache trophy ram’s head that I’ve been working on.  Talk about a messy project!   With any luck, I’ll be finishing that bad boy up this weekend.  The ram’s head SHOULD be the final element for a Bang Up gallery wall.  Fingers crossed.  Once that’s done, I’ll be back to give you a total roundup of what we did and how we did it.

What You Need To DIY Watercolor and Gold Leaf Abstract Painting:

If you’re at all like me, you may have most of these items already on hand.   The only thing I needed to purchase for this project was the tube of pink watercolor.

DIY Watercolor and Gold Leaf Abstract Painting:

  • Lay on the colors that you want in the watercolor.  
  • By using your brush to ‘draw’ a line in the paint, you create a barrier that the paint really doesn’t want to cross, but will if really forced to.  I made my line a little wonky, as opposed to a straight line.  You can force the paint to ‘cross the barrier’ by holding the paper up and lightly tapping it on the counter.  I like the way this made a few streaks of color to go out on their own.Need some art for your walls? Make your own art! Illustrated instructions to make a DIY watercolor painting with gold leaf.
  • Once that is dry, lay down the gold leaf adhesive where you want the gold leaf to be.  You don’t need much of the adhesive, a thin coat will do.Need some art for your walls? Make your own art! Illustrated instructions to make a DIY watercolor painting with gold leaf.
  • Wait about 45 minutes before you lay your gold leaf in pieces over your adhesive.  
  • Take a sheet of gold leaf.  If you haven’t worked with gold leaf before, it is some fragile stuff.  Don’t panic if it tears, wrinkles or folds.  That’s part of the characteristic of it. You’ll notice it really wants to cling right to the adhesive.   
  • Use a soft brush to gently brush the gold leaf away from the areas with adhesive.Need some art for your walls? Make your own art! Illustrated instructions to make a DIY watercolor painting with gold leaf.
  • I went back and added a bit of pink with a wee bit of orange on one side of the gold.  I did the same procedure where I held it up and shook it to get some of the paint to move.Illustrated instructions, including recommended supplies, to make a DIY watercolor painting with gold leaf embellishment.  Make your own art!

This DIY watercolor painting was such a quick and fun little project to add some needed color to a gallery wall.Illustrated instructions, including recommended supplies, to make a DIY watercolor painting with gold leaf embellishment.  Make your own art!

 

Illustrated instructions, including recommended supplies, to make a DIY watercolor painting with gold leaf embellishment.  Make your own art!

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    Mary-the boondocks blog
    February 8, 2016

    Will your talents never end? Did I not call you the renaissance woman? This is gorgeous! Just the right amount of gold to make it look gorgeous!

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      lynn
      February 8, 2016

      Hi Mary, You are so sweet. I can always count on kind words from you, you always lift me up. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Katrin
    February 8, 2016

    Oh, this is just what I could envision on my daughters wall, Lynn! Lately I kinda have a crush on pink with gold. Georgeous! I’ve never crafted with gold leaf, but it sounds easy and I really love the texture and effect it has! You must know, I love love love easy & quick projects so this will be right up my alley! I’m sure Kate will love it!!! Have a great day! 🙂

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      lynn
      February 8, 2016

      Hi Katrin, with your mad skills, you could knock this out in no time. Get some gold leaf and adhesive and have at it It’s a fun and quick project.

      Kate saw the post and she does love it…thankfully!

      Hugs, LYnn

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      lynn
      February 8, 2016

      thanks Jenna! It was a fun and quick project, which is just what I need from time to time.

      Thanks for swinging by

      Lynn

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    Sarah @ 2paws Designs
    February 9, 2016

    love this! So beautiful. Pinning to give a try. And, I can fully relate to the sidetracked projects. Story of my life. Especially decorating our home because it seems I never have the budget or time …. or I change my mind! The rooms slowly get pieced together and that is just fine. In the end, the results are worth it.

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      lynn
      February 10, 2016

      Hi Sarah, I’ve got to believe that we are not in the minority on the sidetracked project challenge. At any one time I’ll have 4-5 projects in the queue. My problem is that I come up with projects faster than Terry has the energy to do them. Oh well…guess I wouldn’t know what to do if my list got too small.
      Thanks for stopping by today!

      hugs, Lynn

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    Mila
    February 10, 2016

    I love it! I am on the lookout for a painting for my bedroom. Unfortunately, they are either very pricey or not up my street. Painting myself is a great idea. Pinning 🙂

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      lynn
      February 10, 2016

      Hi Mila, I am all about making my own art. I’m not blessed with patience, so instead of waiting until I can find or afford what I want, I end up making it…mostly so I don’t have to wait! Not sure that’s a good thing, but it’s made me resourceful!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and so happy I was able to give you a wee bit of an idea.

      Hugs, Lynn

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        Mila
        February 13, 2016

        Resourceful is always good !
        It’s awesome to paint instead of wait 🙂

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    Cassie @ Little Red Window
    February 11, 2016

    This is so simple but beautiful! You can never go wrong with a touch of gold leaf! Thanks for sharing with us at The DIY Collective Link Party! I hope you come back and link up again next week! – Cassie @ Little Red Window

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      lynn
      February 11, 2016

      Hi Cassie, thanks for stopping by and I’d love to come back next week! I’m planning on it.
      I completely agree with you…this was such a simple project, but the gold leaf gives it a bit of ‘je ne sais quoi’ (high school French still there…yay me!). This is my kind of project too…think of something and then within an hour I have a finished project. I’m all about (well, mostly all about) immediate gratification.

      Wishing you a happy Thursday!

      Lynn

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      lynn
      February 11, 2016

      Hi Mandi, thanks so much for your sweet words. I love seeing your photography, you have such a great eye, so your compliments on my art creations are so appreciated. So glad you popped in for a visit today.

      Hugs, Lynn

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      lynn
      February 11, 2016

      Thanks so much sweet Allison! Honestly, so very easy and I know you could make it. I’d love for you to try it…and the supply list is very short. I love making art like this, especially when it turns out like I imagine it. So appreciate you stopping by today.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Yami
    February 12, 2016

    This is so pretty! Now I want to bust out the water colors and make some art.

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      lynn
      February 13, 2016

      Good Morning Yami…get those watercolors out of their drawer, get your brushes out of their jar, grab a piece of paper…or two…and have some new art by this afternoon! So glad you stopped by.

      Enjoy your weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day!

      Lynn

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      lynn
      February 26, 2016

      Thanks Sadhna, the gold is one of my favorite elements of it as well.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Michelle
    February 12, 2016

    Art is always better when one can make it themselves and it looks really nice on the wall in her room! I’m sure she loves it! Popping over from #waywow Facebook

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      lynn
      February 13, 2016

      Good Morning Michelle, I do agree with you. If I haven’t created the art on our walls, its art that we have some connection to…a friend painted it or it’s a place we love or an image that means something to us.
      I think she’ll really love it. She’s still away, but of course I sent photos of the layout before I put nails in the wall… she is a young lady with very strong preferences!
      Thanks for swinging by…hugs, Lynn

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    Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage
    February 12, 2016

    Lynn, this is awesome! I might try doing something similar for our bedroom or bathroom. I love the gold leaf you added for that bit of bling! You come up with some really great ideas and I look forward to seeing what the next one will always be.

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      lynn
      February 13, 2016

      Hi Carol.. thanks for your very kind words. Coming from you…you of the DIY heart map brilliance…I am truly honored.
      I really hesitate to call it a ‘painting’ since it took me all of 2 minutes to roll some paint over some paper…I feel like it’s cheating a wee bit, but oh well. I do love it, no matte what it’s called. If you do make one for your bathroom, I’d love to see it!

      Hugs and wishes for a Happy Valentine’s Day

      Lynn

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    Jessica
    February 12, 2016

    Can you come decorate my girls’ room? They would love everything that you’ve shared with us from your daughter’s room make-over.

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    Celeste
    February 13, 2016

    This is so beautiful, but then you are a talented creator. You make it look easy.

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      lynn
      February 24, 2016

      Thanks Celeste. I have fun ‘creating’ stuff…like you love to create in the kitchen! Thanks for swinging by today! Hugs, Lynn

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    Gina
    February 13, 2016

    This is so beautiful! I never do painting because I’m worried that I don’t have enough skill. But, this looks so great! I love your tutorial and think that I might be able to do it. I particularly think that the colors you chose look fantastic! The pinks with the goldleaf are phenomenal!

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    Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods
    February 15, 2016

    I love making my own artwork and this tutorial is awesome! Thank you so much for the inspiration.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity at The DIY Collective this week! Please come back next week to show off your latest project!

    Have an awesome week!
    ~ Ashley

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      lynn
      February 16, 2016

      Hi Ashley, you are so welcome for whatever inspiration I might provide you. I’ve been to your site, so I know that you are brimming over with creativity and can easily make this simple project. Have fun with it! Hugs, LYnn

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      lynn
      February 16, 2016

      Hi Holly, it was so easy…really. There’s no right or wrong way…my kind of project. I encourage you to give it a whirl and I think you’ll be pleased with your end result.

      Thanks for stopping by today, Lynn

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    the cape on the corner
    February 16, 2016

    oh man, this looks gorgeous. whenever i try to create anything like this or any art for my walls, i feel like it looks like i created it! ugh. this is gorgeous.
    b

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      lynn
      February 26, 2016

      So sorry I’m so late in responding, for some reason this got sent to spam and I just found it. But I do so appreciate your kind comments and would love to encourage you to try again. My guess is that you are judging yourself too harshly.
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Lynn

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    Emily johnson
    September 29, 2016

    Very interesting. I heard the leaf.will turn if not sealed. How would you seal this since it is watercolor

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      lynn
      September 30, 2016

      Hmmm…I hadn’t heard that and I have several paintings I did with gold leaf that I have never sealed and years later they are find. But, I’m guessing you could use any non-yellowing acrylic spray paint…lightly over the entire painting.

      Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

      Hugs, Lynn

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        Emily johnson
        September 30, 2016

        Thankyou for your prompt reply. Saw video using leaf with acrylics and that was stated. Acrylics have some amonia in them and it turns the leaf. I am a watercolorist and want to use leaf on the art work, but not a sealant. So will try your way . Hugs back at you

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          lynn
          September 30, 2016

          You are so welcome. I’d love to know what you end up making.

          Have a great weekend.

          Hugs, LYnn

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    Alisha
    July 12, 2017

    Wooow, this looks amazing and simple enough for me to try. Glad I came across thisand thanks for the share.

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      lynn
      July 12, 2017

      Good Morning Alisha and thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your kind comment.

      That painting was so easy and fun to do and I’m so glad it might have inspired you even a wee bit.

      Hope your day is fantastic!!

      Many hugs,

      Lynn

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