Gilding is the traditional technique of applying thin sheets of gold, silver or copper to a painted surface.
I have gilded a number of ceilings using gold leaf –
This last room of mine was featured in a recently published book, Designer Faux Finishing, Ideas and Inspiration for Sophisticated Sufaces, by Victor DeMasi
My present favorite is silver leaf over brown. Here it is, in the middle, squashed between the copper leaf and the gold leaf sample-
I used the Caromal Colours Gilding Kit to create these trim samples. This kit is nice because a) it includes everything you need – a basecoat, sticky size, leaf, toner, stir stick, chip brush, gloves and b) its basecoat sticks to almost anything including previously painted surfaces, wood, metal, plastic, bricks , even concrete. So you might not tackle a big ceiling project, but you easily could gild outdated picture frames, mirrors, accessories, chandeliers, furniture, niches,medallions, trimwork, even eggs and pumpkins!
Really, the possibilities are endless (watch out Bruno!!) I will be hosting a Spring Gilded Eggs Workshop on Tuesday March 31st from 7-9pm at my studio in Shelby Township, Michigan. You will learn, hands on, the technique of gilding, using your own, pre-purchased Caromal Colours Gilding Kit. (kit includes 25 sheets gold leaf, 25 sheets silver leaf, 25 sheets copper leaf, chocolate basecoat, sticky size, toner, stir stick, chip brush, and gloves). Take home your gilded eggs, your gilding kit (which will go a long way) and the knowlege and ability to create spectacular finishes! For more information