You’ve seen this one before, but it’s become a (self-imposed) classic. My 2014 Language of Flowers calendar is out now! If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s based on the Victorian language of flowers, where every flower means something different. The wreath contains a variety of flowers that each spells out a sentence in a love letter. I only divulge the contents of the letter once you receive the calendar in the mail. Because I’m tricky like that. Muhahaha.
I decided to add a big of gold glam to my accessories for the shoot so I DIY’d this bull dog clip
with gold leaf and the picture frame from yesterday’s post
(I had to, I didn’t realize it takes 2 weeks to get a frame back! I’m a professional procrastinator). The frame was a find from Michael’s and I just gold leafed the outside edge.
How to gold-leaf a bull dog clip: (I found the directions the kit provided to not be extensive. You had to guess at a lot of things)
: bull dog clip (like this one
), gold-leaf kit (like this one
), paint brush
Step 1: Paint the bull dog clip with the basecoat from the kit (not indicated in the directions in the kit) and wait for it to dry.
Step 2: Paint the adhesive onto the desired surfaces and wait a half hour to become sticky.
Step 3: You’ll use one whole sheet on this bull dog clip. I applied mine like a blanket onto the clip and then went in and secured it into the angles of the clip.
Step 4: Continue taking bits of gold leaf and holding it onto the adhesive. Make sure you go under the rounded parts. Brush off any excess with a different brush.
Step 5: When finished applying the gold leaf, apply the clear coat on top.
Step 6: Wait a couple of hours for it to fully dry before using.
This was my first time gold leafing and I found it to be a very fun process. I might have gold leaf fever so don’t be surprised if my walls turn gold leaf.