I am having a love affair with Gold Leaf. Actually I am cheating on Gold Leaf with Copper Leaf. Or is it the other way around? Hmmm.
It feels like every store I visit is full of beautiful gold accents or gilded pieces of furniture.
So it got me thinking...what can I Gold Leaf?
Honestly, literally EVERYWHERE I look, I see amazing decor that incorporates Gold Leaf in some way.
but Back to the Pumpkins...
It is the start of Pumpkin season here in sunny Toronto - and for me, that means time to have fun with some super inexpensive Dollar Store Pumpkins! Oh yes!
So first things first. I picked up these rather cheap looking, and rather cheap in reality, gourds from the Dollar Store - $3 each and a nice size.
There are loads of pumpkin shaped things around. Just be sure to check the substrate (the fancy word for surface) and make suer it is clean and grease free before you start this project.
These were a little shiny, so I gave them a very light sand before i did anything else.
If your pumpkin is shiny do the same.
I then took some of the lovely bright rd that is Fort York Red from Fusion Mineral Paint and gave my pumpkin 2 healthy coats.
Top Tip - use an old solo cup to hold the gourd whilst it dries!
I wanted to create some texture on the surface of my pumpkin, so when the paint was starting to dry I dragged a brush over the surface of the paint to create visibil strokes.
Once dry I took my Leaf Size, (the fancy name for sticky glue especially formulated for Leafing). I used Martha Stewart brand, Gilding Adhesive, picked up from Michaels.
I should mention that all the actual work was done by my helper...
You must allow the glue to go clear - so it is tacky not wet. See how wet it is in this picture?
Next was the fun bit! I took my Gold Leaf - again I bought it at Michaels - and simply dropped it onto the glue. You can be very inaccurate!
This is an INDOOR project - the slightest breeze and your gold will blow away!
Here is a little video I made to show you just how easy it is!
The final step is a quick application of wax to sit in those grooves I mentioned earlier!
I LOVE the Black Wax from Homestead House.
The final step...is to sit back and admire!