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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.

Gold cloud art diy final Two Delighted copy

 

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)

gold leaf canvas step 1| Two Delighted

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

gold leaf canvas step 2 | Two Delighted

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.

gold leaf canvas step 3 | Two Delighted copy

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.

gold leaf canvas step 4 | Two Delighted copy

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

gold cloud art step 5  Two Delighted

 

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.

gold cloud art step 6 Two Delighted

gold cloud art step 6-2 Two Delighted

Gold cloud art diy on wall Two Delighted

Gold cloud art diy on wall close_edited-1 Two Delighted

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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Mirror Gallery Wall

Monday, June 23, 2014

I know it seems like Colleen and I are posting a new gallery wall from our homes like every other week.  At least it feels that way to me.  But this is actually only the second one I have done and Colleen has done 2 as well (one being gigantic) so that adds up to 4 in total between the two of us.  So basically we don’t have 80 gallery walls like it seems.  I promise.  Anyways, there are several reasons I decided to do another one.  The main reason being I had all of these pieces of art purchased on travels that I had nowhere to put.  Also, I have been wanting a full length mirror on this wall in my bedroom for several years but never really found one I wanted that wasn’t at least 50 million dollars until I discovered this oval one at West Elm and conveniently had a gift card to help bring down the cost even more.  Since it is so nice and simple, I thought it would be perfect to put a gallery wall around it.  So that’s what I did.

Mirror gallery wall full | Two Delighted

mirror gallery wall dumbledore | Two Delighted

mirror gallery wall left | Two Delighted

mirror gallery wall right | Two Delighted

mirror gallery wall top | Two Delighted

Mirror gallery wall full 1 with numbers | Two Delighted

Here are some sources for things that are available.  Obviously a lot of these things were photos that I took, art that I bought overseas, or calligraphy that I made including that Dumbledore quote which I am kind of in love with if I don’t say so myself.  Colleen and I are working on trying to make a shop for purchasing art and wedding calligraphy.  In the mean time, if you have any interest, just email us.  Currently, you can buy her photos here, but that will probably be moving soon as well.

1.  Old floating frame from Target (no longer online) with photo by me from Notting Hill

2. Gold frame with Eiffel Tower photo by Colleen

3.  Target frame with print from Ireland of the Cliffs of Moher

4.  White Frame with photo by me from Trinity College Library Long Room in Dublin

5.  Target frame with print from Bath of the Abbey

6.  Frame from antique mall and calligraphy art by me

7.  Art made for me by my buddy Taylor :)  We loved Now and Then growing up

8.  White frame with Letterpress print Colleen bought me in SF of the neighborhoods. Similar here

9. Target frame with Cappuccino photo by me.  My last morning in England before flying home and the barista made my coffee with a heart.  I thought it was the cutest and reminds me of how much I loved my trip.

10.  Custom frame with lavender fields watercolor that Colleen brought me from Provence.  One really obnoxious thing about art from other countries is that they are always random sizes and they require custom frames.

11.  Target frame with mushy boyfriend picture

12.  DIY art by me.  Tutorial coming this week.

13.  Frame from Dick Blick with calligraphy by me from the great Dumbledore

14.  Frame with photo by me of garden gate with wisteria in Castle Combe, England.

15.  Mirror

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Semi-Annual China Cabinet Restyle

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

My china cabinet always ends up being a place where I put a lot of random things.  The main reason for this is cat troublemakers that like to try to eat/break things.  So when I need to put something away rather quickly, the china cabinet is typically my dumping ground.  As a result it is always looking a fuss.  Poor china cabinet.  So a few times a year, I try to clean out some junk and make it look lovely again.  Styling shelves and surfaces is, in my opinion, one of the hardest parts about decorating a house. It is always a struggle for me to figure out where to place each item to make it look fancy like the homes in the magazines.  So after a good bit of moving around, I came up with an arrangement I am pretty happy with for now.

china cabinet 1 | Two Delighted

China cabinet b and a_edited-1

china cabinet close top | Two Delighted

china cabinet close stacks |Two Delighted

china cabinet close down | Two Delighted

china cabinet photo | Two Delighted

I finally printed out some of my England and Ireland photos and chose this one of the London eye to go on top.  I like how the slight bit of blue in it feels cohesive with the rest of the cabinet.

china cabinet straight on | Two Delighted

Much better, right?  We will see how long it lasts.

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