14 Jun 2011Mont Marte Blog

Create a Gustav Klimt inspired tree painting

Using Gold Leaf draw inspiration from the amazing artist Gustav Klimt.

Step 1: Drawing your Tree

Begin by drawing your design in with a HB Pencil. You can design your own or reference the image provided on the last page of this document.

Step 2: Applying Size

Paint a thin coat of Size over the areas you want the Gold Leaf to stick to. Allow the size to become tacky before you apply the Gold Leaf.

Step 3: Gold Leaf Application

To apply the Gold Leaf, gently roll it on to the Canvas and smooth it down with a Brush. Then scrub your Brush across the Gold Leaf, this removes the excess Gold Leaf and reveals your design.

Step 4: Brown Tones

Use all of the Browns to paint in the tree and base. Use a flat Brush in the larger areas and a round in the smaller ones.

Step 5: Symbols and decoration

Finally paint in your symbols and shapes any where you like. Klimt often painted Egyptian style eyes and pollen with bright colours such as Ochre and Crimson. I hope you enjoyed this lesson and give Gold Leaf a go.

Material List

  • MAXX0022 Imitation Gold Leaf Signature 14cm x 14cm (5.5in) 25 Sheets
  • PMHS0026 Acrylic Paints Signature 12pc x 12ml (0.4 fl.oz)
  • PMDA0036 Dimension Acrylic Premium 75ml (2.5 US fl.oz) Tube - Burnt Umber
  • PMDA0038 Dimension Acrylic Premium 75ml (2.5 US fl.oz) Tube - Van Dyke Brown
  • PMDA0034 Dimension Acrylic Premium 75ml (2.5 US fl.oz) Tube - Burnt Sienna
  • CSST5060 Single Thick Canvas Signature 50 x 60cm (19.7 x 23.6in)
  • BMHS0001 Acrylic Brush Set Premium 7pc
  • MAXX0024 Leafing Size 60ml

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