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Make Abstract Black and Gold Leaf Canvas Art

Make Abstract Black and Gold Leaf Canvas Art

Hello there!

It’s the last week of my first One Room Challenge, yay! And today I’m sharing another ORC DIY project with you: abstract black and gold leaf canvas art! I decided I couldn’t spend any more money, so I upcycled an old canvas using some paint, glue, and gold leaf. Isn’t it lovely?

DIY Abstract Black and Gold Leaf Canvas Art
DIY Abstract Black and Gold Leaf Canvas Art

This was an easy DIY, too! All you really need to be able to do is glue in a semi-straight line. No kidding. I made the glue and gold leaf pattern up as I went, too. So yes, I’m using the term “abstract art” to mean “something I completely made up as I went that has no real meaning except to look cool.” Want to make one like it? Read on!

Here’s what I used to make abstract gold leaf canvas art:

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And here’s how I did it!

(Remember to wear an appropriate mask while working with paints, stains, and finishes. Follow the directions and warnings from your particular brand.)

Step 1: Prep the canvas. I was working with an old canvas, so I painted over the entire thing using black acrylic paint.

bottle of black paint and small roller
canvas painted black

Step 2: Break out the glue. Using glue, I started “drawing” horizontal and vertical lines of different lengths. I started in the top-right corner of the canvas and only did about a quarter of the canvas because I was worried about the glue drying before I could adhere the gold leaf. I started out using a glue stick, but that didn’t hold the gold leaf very well, so I broke out my Loctite clear superglue. Probably overkill, but it’s what I had on hand, and it did the trick!

Step 3: Adhere the gold leaf. I used tweezers to gently lay pieces of gold leaf over the glue lines. Gold leaf is incredibly fragile, so I tried not to work too quickly. Also, Don’t work anywhere that has even the slightest breeze or you’ll have gold pieces flying everywhere.

adding gold leaf to the canvas
adding gold leaf to the canvas

After the glue had dried, I gently peeled away the excess gold leaf from each area to save it. Then I used a balled up paper towel to gently rub the rest of the gold leaf off of the canvas so that the glue lines were the only thing that retained the gold leaf. Does that make sense?

adding gold leaf to the canvas

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 on other sections of the canvas until you’re happy with the design. You’ll see in the shot below that some of the glue lines look finished, while some still have the excess gold leaf.

I completely free-handed everything and did not have a plan at all, so don’t worry if you don’t have one, either! You’re just drawing lines with glue!

adding gold leaf to the canvas

Here’s my finished piece. What do you think? I love it and am so lucky that the old canvas I had fit perfectly into this space!

DIY Abstract Black and Gold Leaf Canvas Art
DIY Abstract Black and Gold Leaf Canvas Art
DIY Abstract Black and Gold Leaf Canvas Art
DIY Abstract Black and Gold Leaf Canvas Art

  1. Beautiful and this would be a great project for me to make for all of the abstract art lovers in my family. Sometimes making gifts are so much better.

  2. Nicki says:

    This is unique and totally cool! Thanks for sharing with us at the Totally Terrific Tuesday Party! We would love to see you back again this week!

  3. Carly says:

    I’m not usually a fan of abstract art – but this is GORGEOUS! I think I’ve officially found the first abstract art that I would totally hang up in my house… Thanks for linking up at share the wealth sundays!

  4. This turned out beautiful. I love gold, and I have some gold gilding sheets in the craft room. I am inviting you to share this at The Crafty Corner link party. I hope to see you there 🙂

  5. i’m just here for the plants and plant stand. that looks great, and really fills that space and makes it a moment. did you paint the stand gold or did it come like that?
    b

  6. What a great piece of art you have created. And it looks perfect in your home with all the gold that you have.

  7. Really gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  8. Maria says:

    I love this! I am going to try it with some old canvasses I have. I wonder if I can do a white background with gold lettering,
    Maria

  9. Brittany,
    I am so in love with this gorgeous wall art. I love re-purposing canvas. You are so talented.
    Much Love,
    Erica

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