New York City Artist

Gold Leafing Technique 

The first preparatory  step involves painting gold “size” that acts as an adhesive over the  gessoed canvas.  This layer is allowed to semi-dry. Then each square of metal leaf is individually applied by hand over this sticky surface in a manner comparable to laying rows of bricks.  The applied metal leafs then cure before I begin painting the actual landscape. These time-consuming techniques were perfected centuries ago and assure that the final work will not deteriorate.