Apply the size all over your surface. Allow it to dry 8-10 minutes so that the size comes to tack.
Step 2: Lay down your leaf
After your size has come to tack, lay your gold leaf down on top of it. As you lay the sheets of gold leaf down you want to burnish the leaf. Pressing down on it and making sure it's sticking to the size. You want to be sure to overlap your leaf, not butt them up against each other. The more you burnish each piece, the prettier it will be!
Step 3: Brush Away
Take a chip brush and brush in the direction the gold leaf is going. You want to brush and leave any rolled up edges - that is very desirable. The goal is to get excess leaf off.
Step 4: Gel Stain
Take our Gel Stain - we used Auburn Mahogany and cover your piece 100% in the gel stain. You do want it to be fairly thick.
Step 5: Create Your Tool With An Eraser!
Take a Magic Rub Eraser and an Exacto or pairing knife. Take the knife and start cutting into the eraser at an angle. You will want to cut different designs into different edges of the eraser so you can create various looks.
Step 6: Use Your Tool
Take your tool and start laying it across the Gel Stain at a 45 degree angle. You may want to squiggle it along just a bit to create the cool ripple effect. Clean your eraser after each pass and then change the side of your eraser to get different looks!
Finish It Off
After your design has dried, seal it with a layer of Bright Idea Lacquer. Then take your Gel Stain and make a glaze of one part gel stain and one part water. Apply that all over your design, then pat it away. Seal that with another layer of Bright Idea Lacquer and you will be enjoying the bragging rights!