Details & Decorations (gold etc. leaf, opalescent washes, glazing recipe)

Gold leafing is tricky, practicing on non-critical areas, such as something other than your animal, before doing your animal's show side highlights. A Venetian red under coat is often put on first, or you can just leaf directly over the white primer. I like to put on the leaf first, before the color coats, as you can smooth out the edges later with the paint if necessary. While leafing, if there is any moist or wet paint in the area, any loose leaf flying to that spot will stick to it quite well. Wet paint near leafing work is highly undesirable, be sure large areas surrounding the area to be leafed are bone dry or covered.

GLAZING MIXTURE: Venetian Glaze (this is a furniture restorer's secret formula)

To make this mixture: mix all of above 3 to 1 part with mineral spirits (in other words, this equals 2 parts boiled linseed oil + 1 part Spar varnish + 1 part mineral spirits + the other stuff)

For wiping the glaze off you will need a few packs of 100% cotton cheese cloth.


Stained Glass Jewels: First, the seating hole of appropriate size must be drilled in the location with a flat bottomed drill bit such as a Forstner bit. It's usually best to do this after the painting as the hole must be clean for the glue to hold, and otherwise you might need to mask off each jewel or be very careful not to paint them. Use multi-purpose glass and ceramic adhesive found at hardware stores to affix the jewels, I like "Goop".


This is a basic single silhouette type stencil sample.

This shows a second part. To make additional parts of different colors on your stencil use separate stencil boards.


Have several sizes of flat tipped stencil brushes on hand.  Use masking tape to secure stencil
while pouncing brush when necessary, it's like a little clamp, your friend.

Making and putting on stencils.

Materials needed:


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