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Gold Gilded Handmade Art - House of Earnest

Unique art that doesn’t cost a ton isn’t hard to come by, but making your own could be even easier than searching for low cost perfection. Using just a gold leaf pen and a printout to trace, I transformed a frame that I already had into some really sweet art for my desk.

The trick is to just flip your desired design to be a mirror opposite so that you can trace onto the backside of the glass, which gives the gold leaf a little more of a sheen than it would have on its own.

Gilded Gold Handmade Art 2- House of Earnest

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gilded frame workflow

ONE using this template, start tracing around the letters, then fill them in.  TWO using a scrap piece of paper, keep pressing down the tip of the gold pen periodically to ensure that ink flow is consistent.  THREE put your finished glass into the front of your original frame and run a bead of hot glue around the edge so that you don’t have to use the back of the frame.

Make sure to carefully wipe around the art to get rid of any fingerprints after the ink has dried and you’re finished.

There are so many designs you could make that would be beautiful as well.  A little geometric design would be cool as well as something little and quirky like a bicycle.  Whatever you want to do, just print out the picture and trace around it!  Perfection!

Have a great Tuesday, you guys!  I’m leaving India really late tonight and I’m excited to get back home to my own bed, my little monster dog, and my husband.

See you all on the other side!

 

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  • I love this idea and I love the encouraging words. Thanks for sharing.

  • What a cute idea! I’ve been wanting to create some artwork painting on the backside of glass. It’s such a cool technique.

  • This is so cool, I’ve never seen it before! Plus, the words you picked are perfect.

  • I love this! I’m always looking for ways to add a touch of gold without turning a room into something stuffy, and the words you picked are perfect! I love that font, too, and the way the shadows play on the back wall. I’m gushing.

    I’ll definitely be trying this soon.

  • Such a great idea! I’ve been looking for something a little different from all the framed prints and pictures I have in my apartment.

  • Love this idea! May have to try something like it for my office! Hope you are having a great time in India!

  • Ahh, this is so beautiful! I saw your link on craftgawker, and am totally smitten. Definitely going to give this a try. 🙂
    ♥♥♥
    Monica

  • Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • So cute and pretty! I must remember this when moving/decorating my new apartment in August!

  • Pretty!! I love this idea! I recently did a DIY project using a picture frame to hold my air plants. Who knew these frames could be used for more than holding just pictures! 🙂

  • I am definitely doing this at some point. What a great little idea. I will send you a pic if I do it. 🙂 What type if job do you have that takes you all over the globe. I’ll totally trade.

  • Okay maybe I am totally silly but I can’t quite figure out how you got the design from paper to the glass. Your picture shows you tracing the gold over black… but there’s no black on the glass. What am I missing? Haha. LOVE this, by the way.

    • WAIT. I just realized. Haha. The paper is underneath the glass. I don’t usually adhere to stereotypes but that was definitely a blonde moment. Haha! 🙂

  • What type of gold pen did you use? Thinking of doing this for mothers day !

  • What font did you use? I have my own quote I want to use but adore that font.