Tutorial: How To Add Gold Leaf To Your Watercolour Paintings by Sekhmet

Tutorial: How To Add Gold Leaf To Your Watercolour Paintings


14 May 2017 at 07:26:47 MDT

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Welcome to my gold leaf on watercolour tutorial.

I would like to start off by saying that this is a method that works for me, and that there are plenty of other methods to do this technique. I am simply showing you how I add gold leaf accents to my watercolour pieces.

If you have any questions for me, don't be shy to ask :)


  1. Daniel Smith transparent watercolour ground
  2. Firm acrylic paintbrushes. I like Raphael’s “Textura series” . I work small so here I have a # 0 and a #2
  3. Gold leaf. Real or imitation.
  4. Water to clean your brushes and paper towel to wipe them.
  5. Your finished watercolour painting!

Step 1.

Use your firm acrylic paint brush and dab the Daniel Smith Watercolour Ground to areas of your choice.

Step 2.

Take a piece of gold leaf with your brush and place the leaf onto the spots of medium. You can rub the gold leaf around and crumble it with your brush for different effects.

Step 3.

Add a thin layer of medium on top of the placed gold leaf. This will seal it in place.

Step 4.

Repeat this process until you are satisfied with the composition. Don’t forget to wash your brushes because the medium will ruin them if left to dry.

Tada, youre done! Easy peasy.

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