I was approached to create a gold leaf stencil design for the main wall behind the altar in a chapel.
Once the wall paper was removed, it became clear that the wall was in need of replastering before painting in Pugin Red from the Dulux Heritage Paint Range.
Onsite measurements were made to plan the stencil design. Being well prepared is always the best way.
Working with 2 emblems from one of the stained glass windows in the chapel, I created stencil motifs that could be repeated across the wall, relevant to the chapel and its users.
Laying out the complete stencil design had to be spot on and done carefully with laser levelling, since the plan is that the finished wall will last many years.
Gold leafing through a stencil is fairly straightforward if done with care and precision. I stippled the gold size through the stencil, being careful to avoid "bleeding", and then applied the gold; in this case 23 carat gold, supplied by Gold Leaf Supplies.
The most useful tool for this work is a soft haired mop brush for removing excess gold leaf!
Hopefully, the time taken in laying out the design shows on the finished wall. The gilding doesn't need varnishing or sealing, since real gold leaf will not tarnish or oxidise. It would lose some of its natural glimmer and sheen, which we wouldn't want!
Another satisfied customer!
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