Treat Mom to festive florals that will shine long past Mother’s Day! These stunning gold-tinged flowers are sure to enchant with Imitation Gold Leaf edges. Please read instructions and note about acrylic paint before starting.
Step 1: What You'll Need
Fabric or plastic flowers
Glass vase to fit long stems or short stems
Small foam brush for applying size
Soft brush for skewing off excess leaf
Cotton gilding gloves
Acrylic paint similar color as flowers (optional)
Sepp Gilding Workshop (SGW) Water-Based Gilding Size (glue for leaf)
SGW Imitation Gold Leaf – one book
Step 2: Applying Water-Based Gold Size
Note: You may want to use acrylic paint to seal the porous edges of fabric flowers before applying water-based size. Otherwise you will need to double up on your size application - the first layer of size acts to seal the surface, and the second layer will be the tacky layer you gild.
Load your foam brush with Gilding Size and generously brush the petal tips of each flower – you can do as many petals as you wish.
Step 3: Allow Size to Come to Tack
As each flower is sized, you can rest it in a container until it comes to tack. When ready, they will feel dry but sticky.
Step 4: Gilding Over Water-Based Size
When the size is ready, gently press torn pieces of the Imitation Gold Leaf onto the sized areas.
Step 5: Remove Excess Leaf
You can use your cotton gloves or soft brush to get rid of excess leaf. Save the flakes for a future project!
Step 6: Prep Your Vase
Drop three to four Imitation Gold leaves into the bottom of your clean, dry vase.
Step 7: Assemble Your Bouquet!
Arrange your gilded flowers in the vase and get ready to surprise Mom with an elegant, glowing bouquet - it’ll bring sunshine all year long, just like she does!