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Re: [teacherartexchange] gold leafing an oil painting

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From: Peggy Woolsey (eoolspeg_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Apr 15 2007 - 19:04:46 PDT


My father in law was a gold leaf expert sign painter in NYC. He
taught me how to adhere the leaf to glass. He used something called,
"Japan Drier" as a first coat, then a brick red oil paint called
"bole." Then he applied the leaf on top and burnished it. I have used
gold leaf on acrylic paintings just using acrylic medium underneath.
But the saying is,"fat over lean" and never the opposite, so acrylic
shouldn't go over oil.
Peggy
On 15-Apr-07, at 10:41 PM, Larry Hewett wrote:

> I have an oil painting that is approximately one year
> old. I want to rework it somewhat by adding gold leaf
> to the background. Will it be safe to apply gold leaf
> over the oil paint? Will it permanently adhere to it?
> Also I would like to add some texture or raised
> surfaces to this gold leafed area. Do you have any
> ideas as to what I might use?
>
> Larry Hewett
>
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