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.
Lettering sketch by Meghan Hopkins Sokorai

Lettering sketch by Meghan Hopkins Sokorai

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.

Lettering & Gold Leaf, by Meghan Hopkins Sokorai of And Here We Are

For a finishing touch, we put our new artwork into a big frame or on an easel, et voilà!

Lettering & Gold Leaf, by Meghan Hopkins Sokorai of And Here We Are

Lettering & Gold Leaf, by Meghan Hopkins Sokorai of And Here We Are

Lettering & Gold Leaf, by Meghan Hopkins Sokorai of And Here We Are

Special thanks to JBM Photography for the in-use shots.

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