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Gold Leaf Cloud Art DIY

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

When I finished my mirror gallery wall, I had one extra little space that felt like it needed something.  So I started trying to think of something I could make quickly with a tiny canvas I had that was the perfect size for the spot.  Immediately I thought of some seriously beautiful cloud art by an amazing artist named Tara Andris that I have been coveting for some time.  Since I just spent a bunch of money on other things for the wall, I didn’t really feel like I could buy anything else and furthermore she didn’t make a piece small enough for the spot.  I decided I would copy her idea and see what would happen if I tried to make my own.  Now I am not trying to imply that my little DIY in any way compares to the beauty of her art and probably significantly more complicated and sophisticated technique.  If you guys are considering buying any art, you should definitely consider her dreamy clouds.  That being said, here is what I did.

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What you’ll need:

  • a little canvas
  • paint colors of your choice (I chose white and pink and blue for clouds)
  • a packet of full gold or silver leaf sheets (all of the leaf items can be found at craft stores)
  • gold leaf adhesive spray
  • gold leaf sealer spray
  • paint brush

What you’ll do:

(Some of these photos are from another similar DIY I did for Tiny Prints which is why the canvas size changes)

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1.  Move your clean white canvas to a well ventilated area and spray your canvas on the front and sides with your adhesive.

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2.  Since the spray adhesive is already sticky, you can go ahead and apply your gold leaf sheet.  I found the easiest way to do this is to peel off a sheet of the gold leaf while still attached to the thin divider papers on each side.  Handle the divider paper only as much as possible.  The gold leaf is so thin that it will stick to your fingers.  Remove the top divider paper and flip everything over so the gold leaf is facing down while laying it directly over your sticky canvas.  I know this sounds complicated but you will understand what I mean as soon as you try to do it.  Use the divider paper still on top of your leaf sheet to smooth it down on the front and sides of the canvas.

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3.  Use a dry paintbrush to smooth down the rest of the gold leaf and make it look lovely.  You want to make sure to mush down any little air bubbles.  Remove excess golf leaf from side and add to places that didn’t get covered.

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4.  Once your adhesive dries for a bit, spray your canvas with the sealer.  Let dry.

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5.  Put your paints on a plate a palate and use your paint brush to start painting puffy little clouds.  I used white primarily but would also mix in a little pink and dark blue.  Just keep painting until it seems like enough, however, remember that the more you paint, the less gold will show.  I tried to keep mine as simple as possible.

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Super simple and really doesn’t require much artistic talent but I though it turned out pretty cute.  Let me know if anyone gives it a shot or buys the real thing from Tara Andris so I can be jealous.

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Gold Bart Cart DIY

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Today I’ve got another gem for you from my lovely husband.  He just keeps bringing it with these DIYs.  What am I doing?  Eating donuts.  I will continue to shamelessly profit from his hard work.  

Hello again, it’s me, Colleen’s husband.

I was picking out a fantastic outfit (Editor’s Note – Likely a shirt with cats on it) from our closet one day when I came across a stainless steel cart that Colleen use to use in college to hold her toiletries. I had absolutely no idea why this thing had been in our closet since we moved in (Editor’s Note – I do, because I was too lazy to goodwill it), but had a great idea for a DIY. Colleen is always talking about bar carts and how awesome yet how expensive they are. I realized that this thing had the potential to be something good so I quickly brought it downstairs (and after receiving permission), took the middle shelf off.

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What you’ll need:

- Gold spray paint

- Ugly old cart

- Casters – we used these from Home Depot and they are crazy cheap

- Crappy mirror

- Command strips

What you’ll do:

1) First remove the casters then coat the cart with gold spray paint.

2) If you have any left over mirrors from any previous DIYs, great, if not, get to your local hardware store and buy a cheap, long mirror (less than $4). I measured the width of the cart’s shelf and cut the mirror to fit it (2 pieces – bottom and top, see this post for how to cut mirror).  I then sanded the edges of the mirror to make sure they aren’t sharp.  Next, I re-spray painted the cart. After it dries, make sure you don’t need any touch ups and you are ready for the next step. Have some command strips on hand, and put a couple pieces on the cart and then on the bottom of the mirror. Place the mirror onto the cart and voilà. Do the same for the other shelf. (Editor’s Note – We didn’t glue it because I realized that it would be real sad if the mirror broke and was stuck on the cart.  This way we can change them out if necessary.)

3) Remove old plastic casters and replace with gold shiny ones.  If they don’t stay in place, glue in with liquid nails.  Now, place your alcohol bottles and decorations onto the cart and you’ve got yourself an awesome bar cart.

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If you’re wondering why I have a painting of Megan, you should know that that is actually a painting of our mother (they could be twins!) that my parents had in a closet somewhere.  It was too lovely to hide so I stole it and framed it.  This is Colleen by the way.

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Brooklyn Limestone Contribution- Watercolor Tea Towels

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hey y’all!  My latest DIY for Brooklyn Limestone is up today.  I created a watercolored tea towel and calligraphed a summery quote to iron on the towel as well.  I made it as a free printable for ironing on cloth and also created a version that you can just print out and frame if you would like.  Go check it out!

Emerson watercolor tea towel | Two Delighted blog

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