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All that glitters

Try something different and give your paintings the wow factor as you learn to apply metal leaf to your artwork, with

Mixed media

Copper Tawny , watercolour, ink and metal leaf on paper, 18x251/2in. (46x65cm). Copper leaf was used to add impact to the background of this hunting owl. After completion I mounted the paper onto a wooden panel and used a vintage frame which I also gilded with copper leaf


¦ How to apply metal leaf to your paintings

¦ The materials you will need

Imitation metal leaf is sometimes called Dutch metal or schlag. It is available in gold, silver or copper. You can see the shine (top) compared to acrylic paint (below).

The seductive shine of metal attracts attention and can be used to enhance your oil, acrylic or watercolour paintings – after all we are all magpies at heart!

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the December issue of Leisure Painter. As always, the issue is packed full of demonstrations and tutorials for you to follow, from watercolour, pen and wash and pastel to acrylics and oils. Liz Chaderton demonstrates how to add gold leaf to your paintings for that added wow factor and Julie King offers inspiration for this year's Christmas card. There are three quick practices to help you paint watercolour with more confidence and our cover artist, Shelly Perkins shares her unique methods of combining traditional and digital techniques in 'Pencils, Paint and Pixels'. Find out where some of the best exhibitions, art events and art club shows are running this month, books to read and so much more! Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.