DIY Watercolor Painting with Gold Leaf
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.
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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.
- Watercolor Pad, like thisStrathmore 300 Series Watercolor Paper 9 in. x 12 in. pad of 12 wire bound 2 Pack
- Gold Leaf
- Gold Leaf Adhesive
- Watercolor. For this project I used Cotman Permanent Rose and Cotman Cadmium Red Pale Hue
- Wide brushes
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
This DIY watercolor painting was such a quick and fun little project to add some needed color to a gallery wall.
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