Saturday, February 4, 2012

Gold Leaf

I have wanted to use gold and silver leaf in my backgrounds for quite awhile.  Last year I researched how other artists are using it, and bought some gold and silver leaf.  Last week, while some other paint was drying I tried it.....and it is rather beautiful, but I am working on getting the background more.....smooth.  I have never seen a painting in real life that has incorporated this method, so I am not sure how...completely gold it gets.  I would like to have a smooth gold finish that looks like a bar of  shiny gold, (who wouldn't?) but am wondering with the weave of the canvas if that is possible.
I first painted a design before I added the gold leaf , in a circular pattern that reminded me of Gustav Klimt's backgrounds.  The design shows through a little, but I think I could use more paint and build up a cool looking design, and it would have an even more "Klimt" look to it.
This painting looks a little yellow, perhaps from the gold leaf, and I still have much work to do on the face, but thought I would post it anyway.

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