It’s All in The Details: Lettering with Gold Leaf
I thought it could be fun to show some process pictures of a recent lettering project I did for a styled wedding shoot: hand lettered, gold leaf signs.
As with all of my lettering, I started with loose pencil sketches, as I began to figure out the general layout of the words and letters. Then I moved on to tighter brush-marker sketches— at this stage I switch to tracing paper or use a lightbox, so I can repeat the parts that are working and change or experiment with different elements of the letters.
When I’m comfortable with my general design, I transfer my sketch to the actual background I want to use for my design, in this case a colored card stock, and then paint over the lines with the gold leaf adhesive glue. I let the glue get a little bit whiteish and tacky before putting down the gold leaf. Then, using a stiff flat brush, I brush away the extra gold leaf. I usually go back and forth through this process a few times to get full coverage over my entire design.
For a finishing touch, we put our new artwork into a big frame or on an easel, et voilà!
Special thanks to JBM Photography for the in-use shots.Tags: DIY, Gold Leaf, Hand Drawn, Hand Lettering, Lettering, Process, Script, Signage, Sketches, Sneak Peek, Wedding Design