Thursday, February 6, 2014
Valentine's Day Gold Leaf Plates
As I've said before, I don't go too crazy with holiday decorating. Especially for non-holidays like Valentine's Day.
BUT I went a little gold-leaf crazy while I was snowed in this week. And while I was at it, creating some Valentine's Day art seemed like a good idea.
Plus, I had some mismatched salad plates laying around. So I had no choice, really.
I love the chippy, imperfect finish that gold leaf produces. Which is a perfect match for the very imperfect method that I used to create these plates. I simply used a small paint brush dipped in adhesive to paint a design on each plate, covered the whole thing with gold leaf, and then used an old toothbrush to brush off the excess. Once that was finished, I used the toothbrush to rub off a little more of the gold leaf in order to give the plates a worn look.
I used these unexpected additions to change up my console table decor....
....which might be one of the most difficult places in the house to photograph. Shadows abound.
I think they are kind of fun!
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