I'm a sucker for watercolor, and with the addition of gold leaf, this is easily one of my new favorite projects.
I'm not sure how it happened, but over the last two weeks, Jasper has gotten into a phenomenal routine and has been going to sleep by 8:00 p.m. every night. Praise the Lord! Now that I'm back to work, this has been a true blessing. I usually fill the following 2 hours with cleaning, laundry, and prepping for tomorrow at Grandma's. By some miracle, I've even had the opportunity to fit in some 'me' time in the form of crafting.
This piece was completely impulsive and worked out perfectly simply because I had all of the materials in my supply hoard and didn't have to drag a sleeping baby to the craft store: gold leaf (which has sat untouched *GASP* since I made those gilded glass vases), adhesive pen, watercolors, and canvas.
While the finished product looks fabulous, the process is uber simple:
1. Choose a color palette and apply the watercolor paint all willy nilly.
7. Carefully apply gold leaf sheets over the entire image/adhesive. Let set for about 3 minutes.
8. Using a very soft paint brush, rub over the leaf in a circular motion. The leaf will gradually tear away where there is no adhesive and stay in place where there is. If you notice any areas there the adhesive dried too soon: apply a little more, let it get tacky for a couple minutes, then apply additional gold leaf. Repeat the removal process.
When you're finished, you'll end up with a unique piece of mixed media artwork!
I think this will look really stunning with the rest of our spring decorations but I'm really excited to add this to Jasper's gallery wall in his blue woodland nursery.