doing it right . Could I use this after I apply Pre-Paint Sealing seals over the leaf prior to painting. layer of adhesive, then imitation gold Do you colour Prime your surface before applying gold leaf? If you are using imitation gold that is particularly important. have had a fan blowing on it for the past 3-4 If you want to apply leaf on a functional object that will get physical use, like furniture, then use a commercial sealer like polyurethane – NOT a fine art sealer as I recommend below. If you do then apply it in a room with temperature at 70 degrees F or above. Pre-Paint Sealing: Seal Leaf Before Overpainting There are two methods to seal leaf prior to painting with acrylic or oil. I am just wondering if this method would work: Apply size+gold Leaf to Canvas Please remember I do not recommend this unless you absolutely cannot use the solvent-based varnishes I recommend below and which I also use for my own work. Hi JoAnne It is available in both gloss and satin finishes. Sealing the leaf allows for over-painting with oil or acrylic without negatively affecting the leaf. required before you put any acrylic would like what you say to be true because I have that Oh well, Sorry for the With permanent sealers, two coats are recommended. with oils inherantly taking so long to dry, by the time they have Composition Gold Leaf, also referred to as Imitation Gold Leaf, Dutch Metal, Dutch Gold or Schlagmetal, is imitation gold leaf made from brass and a combination of copper and zinc. Just a reminder that you shouldn’t varnish it right away, it will take six months to dry to the centre and then you can seal it. Sealing with the MSA varnish prevents both kinds. Also because it is an impermeable layer I suspect paints may not adhere to it very well long term. Perhaps I should wait longer – at least After speaking with a technical expert and testing it ourselves we determined that the Golden MSA varnish is the correct choice for sealing metal leaf without damaging it. Since they are removable, wait two weeks after application for the coating to fully dry, then apply a permanent seal coat over it using the water-based sealer I mentioned above in Method 1. Im just trying to work out why the GAC stage is needed inbetween I have created an oil painting and have put Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I have sanded off all of the paint except for the ornate spots. Use Goldens Archival Varnish Gloss spray, Golden’s MSA Varnish, Gamvar by Gamblin or any other archival removable solvent-based varnish meant for oil paint. Important: DO NOT overpaint Golden’s MSA Varnish or their Archival Varnish with oil paint UNLESS you seal over the varnish with the mixture of GAC200 and GAC500 as instructed above. areas where the adhesive was applied but I am working heraldry on an oil painted brass I did not Thanks very much! If you did not apply enough sealer over the leaf in the Pre-Paint Seal, this varnish may still reach the leaf layer and tarnish it. Is that the norm. This area of sealing is the most misunderstood, so I have included below more details on sealing. You CAN use genuine gold leaf in place of imitation gold leaf, but the various lacquers and glazes we apply, in the final result, make it difficult to tell which is which, see the picture below. paper and acrylic parts. Many thanks Imitation gold has a shiny trumpet-brass look to it. I am new at this so hopefully i’m Thank you!! Thanks Vicki FREE Shipping on orders over $25 shipped by Amazon. While I highly value the tech team at GOLDEN and their expert advice, I do not agree with everything listed in their linked article above. Apologies that the post isn’t clear. It has been 8 days and I Imitation (or composite) gold leaf is made of copper and zinc, and comes in a few variations of gold colors. or rubbed off? Everyone has a different idea in mind when using gold leaf so you need to decide which works best for you. Hi Cathy So Dutch Metal or Dutch Leaf, etc. Oil on metal leaf should dry just as fast as on other substrates. leaf. If you are using Directions: Wood knots. and applied genuine gold leaf By combining it with GAC500 you do not need to apply it as warm, and also this mixture allows for an easier and possibly smoother application. experimented with this? is the friction & handling too much for that? I'm thinking maybe in the future we should use some sort of leaf other than aluminum. Rub n Buff Spanish Copper Original Metallic Gilding Wax Wood Frame Paste 15ml. the same day? Hi Mira If you (1) READ this article, and (2) Experiment on a surface you don’t care about BEFORE working on your actual piece, you will get best results. It also comes in an aerosol – Golden Archival Aerosol MSA Varnish. This is stated on the MSA Varnish Data sheet: ‘Painting Over MSA Varnishes: As Golden Varnishes are removable, it is important that they not be painted over. Your email address will not be published. I haven’t as yet seen any examples of the liquid leaf tarnishing, the sealer is an extra protective layer.”. See details and tips for avoiding tarnishing below in step 6. The gilding process will be the same but the oil based size will take 1 - 3 hours to become tacky instead of 15-30 minutes and an exterior varnish will need to be applied. A spray with UV protection will help keep the paper from changing colour and make even the pigment inks last longer. A painting in transparent acrylics or oils on top of a panel covered in gold leaf, or another metal leaf, can glow with a shining light. The Italian leaf has grams as will all gold leaf. View paintings on gold leaf I have used speedball metal leaf adhesive on Golden MSA Varnish Gloss). This solvent based sealer resists chemicals and may be applied by brush or spray. Thank you so much, Julie! It depends if you are painting in oil or If you overbrush, you will create a cloudy film that is permanent and ruins your leaf surface. 3. If there are any discrepancies between my article and theirs, know that I have fully tested and verified everything I wrote here. SURFACES Any painting surface such as canvas, fabric, canvas panels or wood panels, objects and walls. metal foil under AND over the paint as I go All metal leaf should be sealed before beginning your painting. Winter may not be the first season that springs to mind when ... ‘Tis the season to be…mixing reds! Even with multiple coats this will not provide as good a seal as the method above, when you are using aggressive painting techniques such as sanding, pouring acrylic layers, or using thick applications of acrylic paints or acrylic products. to oil and acrylics. Do you have any thoughts on the I would like to cover the why? After the gold leaf, I plan to apply a final I’ve just seen your reply. Hi Adam Thank you again, We don’t stock this product and are not familiar with it. What What is imitation gold leaf made of? If you use oil paint you MUST use the solvent-based or oil-based adhesive to apply the leaf. areas? correct this? If you are used to using those then using an artist or professional grade paint for the first time might seem surprising. With an encyclopaedic knowledge of art materials (majoring in oils and acrylics), she loves researching and writing pieces for the blog as she learns something new each time. However, you may wish to add extended durability for 'high traffic areas' like furniture, objects and doors. comment on this? On the other hand, real gold leaf comes from real gold pigments. Again, Once the gold leaf is sealed you can work with it over the top. coat paint over it again with remaining I never paint terribly thickly with oil paints so perhaps I could try Another factor worth considering with gold leaf application is the paintbrush marks between water or adhesive method. again. Watercolour Varnish Gloss The brand we recommend is Golden MSA varnish. I really appreciate your help and knowledge on this as I get to grips Thanks so much. I’m planning to use imitation metal leaf to View Full Range. What I have discovered so far is that if the product doesn’t contain water then it doesn’t dissolve the gum arabic in the watercolour. But is GAC200 and GAC500 are extra hard acrylic and very fast drying. ensure that the imitation gold leaf does Tips for cutting metal leaf in order to avoid expensive waste. it is still sticky? Use a spray or brush-on sealer that does not cause tarnish itself. Do not burnish without the wax paper in between your cloth and leaf or you will remove the leaf. Request your advise please. Wow! Hi Vicki protect the metal leaf from getting scratched in an about 45 minutes (August temperature Once your last coat is applied and dry to the touch you do not need to wait for a longer period and can go ahead and overpaint with acrylic or oil paint. Because of its removability anything painted over the top will be painted on a removable surface, causing future restoration to the potentially problematic. I would then like to use acrylic or Links for wood painting panels https://ampersandart.com/art-panels.php https://www.artisansantafe.com/custom-cradled-wood-panels/, METAL LEAF Links for metal leaf https://www.handover.co.uk/ https://www.speedballart.com https://www.goldenleafproducts.com. Do I need When removing the excess gold, some They also differ depending on whether you are using acrylic or oil under or over the leaf. They tell me that gold has different thicknesses but not the silver. Is using wall paint advisable As you can see from the comments, all types of issues occur at this step. If you do want to seal it the MSA varnish recommended in the article would do the job. Genuine copper and imitation copper (copper and zinc) will tarnish. Using water-based acrylic mediums as a sealer over imitation gold leaf is quite tricky, right? MSA Varnish gloss, either spray or brush-on, is the sealer for metal leaf. I just wanted to share my opinion. Whites, some blacks and crimsons can take up to 10 days to touch dry, longer if thickly applied. Hi Vijay 99. wall paint. Then spray or brush on Golden MSA (Mineral Spirit Acrylic) Gloss Archival Varnish to seal and prime the metal leaf surface for the oil or acrylic paint layer. Other gloss mediums will not dry as quickly as these GAC mediums and risk tarnishing. My question is, if I were to use Liquid Leaf + the Treasure Sealant, Therefore, you may find some contradictions between my article and theirs. If you are painting over the metal leaf with oil paint you should next apply a coat of GAC 200 or another clear gloss fluid acrylic medium. If the varnish ever gets dirty or coloured then it can be removed and a fresh layer applied without the work underneath being affected. This color will only show minimally under the leaf if you will be covering your surface all the way with leaf. Wear cotton gloves when handling to avoid tarnishing when working with silver or imitation gold, or rub talcum powder on your hands. This is cheap for a reason. It must be something else you’ve done differently to your usual oil painting. I would like to use 23K gold leaf on parts from other sources that this is adviseable. This is important for both oil and acrylic painters. comments and there seems to be a comfortable temperature. You will need to seal the leaf each time you apply a new layer. She has appeared on television for HGTV’s “That’s Clever,” and authored several best-selling painting books with F&W Media. It has better protection and less room for error in the application. Hi Nancy, I want use oil paints over copper leaf. Both brass (Imitation Gold) and copper will tarnish, so sealing these with Clear Chalk Paint® Wax or Lacquer is essential or they may dis-colour over time. Related searches. 4 watching. gold leaf adhesive gold leaf Imitation Gold and Copper Metal Leaf are recommended for interior use only. Thanks I’m really excited to start my first gold leaf project! Here are two good resources, from where we got much of our information. I like the challenge of combining leaf with paint. they recommended is Chroma Fusion I.A. Thanks for the input. But we know that Golden MSA varnish doesn’t affect the metal, so is safe to use. They are also removable, which means the layer can be removed for cleaning purposes in the future if needed. Another factor is durability – if the gold is for use on say a weather vane or a staircase handrail I would choose the thickest/heaviest leaf as it will wear away less quickly. I’m pretty new to all this, so any tips would If it is it will say how to remove it on the can. Please note – this method will NOT work if you are substituting the GAC200 and GAC500 with any other acrylic mediums. Hi Julie I have sprayed my imitation gold leaf with three coats of the Once dry you can apply oil paint over it. leaf (yet leaving some areas exposed)? I have seen a few artists rubbing cold wax oil painting medium into the watercolour surface to seal it. We do not have the products you mention so cannot confirm their suitability for this purpose, but we will be right back on this! Sealing the leaf allows for over-painting with oil or acrylic without negatively affecting the leaf. Since you are using non-tarnishing metal, if you paint gently with your acrylic and acrylic gouache you could probably get away with not sealing the metal. If overpainting with oil paint wait a week or more once the GAC coating has dried. acrylics. would I then be able to paint onto this with my oil paint (+ any little It should be fine to add it on top of a very well-dried painting – dry enough that you would varnish it (this could be a year or more if it’s thick paint). If used directly on unsealed imitation gold leaf it will tarnish the leaf. Would certain sealant gold leaf? Any clear spray should be fine. Most fine lines in oil paint are painted this way by sort of sculpting marks until they are the right size. recommend? Golden MSA varnish comes in matte, 5 watching. Go look at paintings in a museum by artists you admire and see how they do it. I on right track ? Be aware that metal leaf is so thin that any texture underneath will show through, so you may wish to prepare the surface of your support to be as smooth as possible. The other method uses a water-based acrylic medium which is non-toxic, but will require more coats as it offers a thinner coating then the toxic product. “Yes it’s fine to apply oil paint over sealed liquid leaf, turpentine will not reactivate the liquid leaf when sealed. World Art). Can I go ahead and apply the varnish if He can put whiting powder on the paint first, then size, then gold! (505) 577-8447 3. If it dries too slowly, it won’t work. Apply a layer of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax or Lacquer over the gilded surface to prevent this. mural. Besides gold, there is also silver, aluminum and copper leaf. sharp edges. These varnishes have UV protection in them, and one of the essential resins used in the varnishes can interfere with the drying process of any oil paint applied over it. The best way to tell if the size is solvent-based or water-based is to read product label instructions. Cold Wax Used 3 kinds of sealer made for imitation gold leaf and all 3 caused a spotted reaction that ruined the piece. One to three coats will suffice when you plan to overpaint using thin layers of acrylic paint or if overpainting with oil. As you said, you want to Any acrylic including the mediums, I have listed the more detailed information below in Step 6 and Step 8 for each of these two sealing steps. https://www.artisansantafe.com/custom-cradled-wood-panels/, http://www.gildedplanet.com/watersize.html, https://www.dickblick.com/products/golden-archival-spray-varnish/, https://www.dickblick.com/products/golden-msa-acrylic-varnish/, https://www.dickblick.com/products/golden-acrylic-polymer-varnishes/. Which brand would you recommend? degrease the surface before starting and Julie. trying to assess all the options before committing to actual gold isn’t suitable oils, as the solvents in oil paints and related this? Post-Paint Sealing- final painting topcoat It’s a good idea to varnish paintings at the very end, even if you already sealed the leaf prior to painting. What do you think? All the gold size brands I’ve seen say to let it dry for a further 1 to 4 days to cure before sealing it. Hi Lori I re-leafed once and tried again with the same results. YES you can use GAC 200 over imitation leaf in the way I describe. Thanks for your reply Julie. What permanent sealer would you recommend? bit of solvent) successfully? Here is where it helps to have substantial coats of Pre-Paint Sealing. I guess I just like shiny stuff! £7.99. It you apply it too thickly it will dry slowly. (+ appropriate drying times inbetween). First, I suggest watching the free video I made directly below, where I demonstrate the entire leafing process. lJean. the adhesive to cure over? Be sure to use an oil-based size and test a bit to make sure it adheres. Ammonia will tarnish copper, the predominant metal in imitation gold leaf. information. Hi Rod Apply your metal leaf to your support following the directions on your bottle of acrylic gold size or oil-based gold size (that’s the adhesive). that the Golden varnish you mentioned is not good. Links for sealers: https://www.dickblick.com/products/golden-archival-spray-varnish/ https://www.dickblick.com/products/golden-msa-acrylic-varnish/ https://bit.ly/32CZspu https://amzn.to/2MaO8Lx https://www.dickblick.com/products/golden-acrylic-polymer-varnishes/, WAX PAPER Link for wax paper: https://amzn.to/2GYbO34. 4.6 out of 5 stars 1,439. Oil paint takes six months or more to completely dry, so applying metal leaf on top of oil paint is not advised because the adhesive (gold size) will prevent the oil from finishing drying and making a stable structure. This is described further in Step 8. Hi Julie, But if you are using a waterbased size like polyvine or wundasize 3 days is more than is needed in most situations. Jaime & Jacinda share an easy and affordable way to add modern shine to anything you own using gold leaf. the problem with shellac is that it can turn yellowed over time. Aluminium (Imitation Silver) does not tarnish but it’s still advisable to seal with either wax or lacquer to prolong your finish. 8. From Excl. Hi, I got advice from an major art supply source that in Burnish Place sheet of wax paper over leaf, then rub with moderate pressure using soft cloth. days. PERMANENT SEALERS Any permanent clear gloss spray sealer or permanent solvent-based varnish will seal the leaf. Do not use this product for the Pre-Paint Seal. However, imitation gold leaf is made of copper and zinc, which can tarnish when exposed to air or ammonia. We will be adding this information to the product description page to clarify. imitation gold leaf (86% copper) as my Hi Miranda varnishing, but on justpaints guide they This will seal the MSA varnish from any future solvent applications. Sealing the metal with the solvent-based varnish before applying acrylics solves this problem. Post-Paint Sealing- final painting topcoat. Krylon UV Archival Semi-Gloss spray This demonstration shows the basic technique of leafing with a composition gold leaf as well as the easy-to-use Simple Leaf from Mona Lisa. I’m starting I’ve decided Once the size is tacky place the gold leaf on the object and brush it gently with a very soft brush. im hoping to do it on ceramic too and more metal objects. You can also use the GAC200 by itself. Hi Carla solvents) varnish? remains stuck to the backing and I can’t get Glaze the object. It is made out of a combination of copper, zinc, and real gold. Thank you very much for the advice. There are two grades of Copper Leaf, a standard grade and an Italian grade which is of a slightly better quality. should not be painted over. One involves a solvent-based varnish which is toxic and requires ventilation and proper protection. This would be with the aim of skipping the GAC 200 stage. Required fields are marked *, © JACKSON'S ART SUPPLIES 2009-2021 | JACKSON'S ART SUPPLIES, 1 FARLEIGH PLACE, LONDON N16 7SX020 7254 0077 9-5:30 Mon-Fri. I am unable to update videos on Youtube, so here is where I add new information. That is because this is where you can accidentally tarnish the leaf using the wrong sealer and the wrong sealing application process. Remember that transparent colours will allow some of the metal leaf to shine through the colour (especially if painted on thinly or in a glaze), while opaque colours will completely cover over it, and metallic paints will be less shiny than the metal leaf. The best method is Method 2 – using solvent-based sealers, and is described in the next section below. The benefit of using the adhesive method is that it will show some brush strokes, and therefore integrates better when used in a painting. 5. Gold , silver metallic leaf sheets. 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