Adding GOLD to ART?!

Adding GOLD to ART?!

This video is sponsored by Squarespace. From websites to stores, build your online presence with Squarespace. Today we are going to be putting the ‘Gold’ into Kasey Golden. And today we are going to be playing around with the most fragile material I have ever touched. Oh my goodness. That’s right. Today we are playing around with gold leaf. If you don’t know what gold leaf is, it’s a very fancy way to add a little shine and glamour to different objects or even art. I love on the back of the package It says “Not suitable for human consumption.” So go ahead you guys feed it to your dogs. Of course in this video I’m going to be focusing on putting gold leaf on art but I thought it would be really interesting to maybe cover a part of our Mannequin just to see how it works with 3d pieces before we got into 2d art. So here is our adhesive. Let’s cover up a part of our mannequin. What should we do an arm? A leg? I mean I knew it was delicate, but this is… So delicate. Holy heck. Okay. So we’ll take a dry brush and brush it on the glue bits… I have sausage fingers. I’m not a very delicate person! So this is absolutely terrifying. Oh no, my glue fingers are stuck to it Oh No. Okay. Oh my gosh this is pretty cool! I kind of want to coat our whole mannequin in gold. Oh No! Okay So this was a bit of a disaster. I was a little sloppy, but it looks pretty cool, and I’m excited to put this into illustrations. So let’s get to sketching some ideas for our gold silver and bronze leaf and see what we can come up with with less sloppy tests. [Music] I did a few tests to see how this material transferred onto paper and it seemed to work out just fine so I was pretty excited to work on an illustration that had just a little bit of a metallic shiny flare. I have worked with shimmering metallic watercolor paints in the past but the gold leaf really gives a nice strong and smooth application of this metallic shiny gold so it definitely has a much nicer look thank say paint does just because you do get that smoother easier application. Well and by ‘easier’ I just mean easier in the sense that you do get a consistent thickness with this sheet as opposed to watercolor. Of course this material does have its own struggles, but we will get into that. For now what am I drawing? Because this is gold and my last name is ‘Golden” I thought it would be cute to be a little self-absorbed today. We are starting off with a doodle of myself and Sock Kasey. I wanted to give us a little golden crown floating above our heads and use the gold leaf to make those as well as surround the illustration of us in a circle of gold. So I will be applying that later. I was really nervous going into this. Like I said, I did do a test and it seemed to work out just fine but of course this this is a new material and it is something that I am using for the first time and I’m a strong believer in practice making progress. But oh boy. Oh boy I love showing you guys me trying things because I always make a fool of myself and it’s great content. So here we go. Let’s start applying that gold foil. So the instructions on how to apply this gold leaf says to either use cotton gloves or the protective sheets that come in between the sheets, but oh my goodness, this stuff was so fragile. I looked at it and it blew out of the sheets. It was just, like I said, too much for my sausage fingers to handle. It was just so thin and fragile and breathing made them blow around. It was crazy. So applying them wasn’t too hard It was a little difficult to put glue down and not entirely know where the glue was. I always get a little frustrated when applying things that are completely clear. At this point I was making progress. I was confident. It was looking great. And then this happened… Yo what up, yeah girl just spilt all of the glue. Heck yeah. Lov- love that. Lo- Love that. I had originally bought this gold foil and the original bottle of glue, which was twice this size. $25 bottle of glue in Australia left it in my carry-on baggage and obviously they took it away because it was liquid. Quite annoyed But what can you do? I bought some more here in Canada and then I spill another $20 bottle of glue. I was just… whew. And then on top of that the gold foil didn’t seem to come off of the page quite as well as I was hoping and I was starting to feel frustrated at this point. Frustrated yet hopeful. So aside from the absolute mess that you get from gold foil here is our result. It is super shiny, super reflective. It’s pretty beautiful and you get a really solid flat gold application but it is very patchy and I would not be surprised if that’s just because of my inexperience. Especially… I don’t know what happened up here. I’m pretty sure I got a nice crown shape, but… apparently I didn’t? Overall, it’s just it’s it’s sloppy. It’s patchy. I mean look how reflective that’s that’s pretty amazing. I think- I think overall the effect is really beautiful and I do really like it and I do want to try to learn how to use it. So let’s work on a couple more pieces and hopefully We can get a grasp on this goldleaf material. [Music] Moving on from our gold to our silver and again staying inside of my comfort zone because I was feeling a little scared of this material at this point. Obviously I don’t expect myself to jump into something new and be perfect and great at it right away. That would be foolish. But sometimes it’s a little sad when things are just looking so so bad you start to wonder
“Am I an idiot?” The answer for me usually is yes because I kind of have a suspicion that I’m just rough and sloppy when it comes to things like this that need to be treated in a very delicate and careful manner. I’m not really that careful and I like to do things quick. I’m very impatient. So I wouldn’t be surprised 100% if this is all my fault. That said we are of course drawing hatch, my boy. My son? Can I say? I love drawing hatch when playing with new materials ’cause I feel so comfortable drawing him So it’s really good to just focus on the material. So we are using our silver. I thought it would go really nice with our blue color of hatch. I gave him a nice shiny jacket and thought I would try to play around with Creating a brush stroke with the way I applied the glue and it made me sort of embrace the imperfections of the application of this metal foil. It seemed like things were going a lot smoother this time. There are a few bumps here and there on hatches jacket but it looks pretty nice. Because there was just a little bit of overlap from the foil and some of the inking bits I went through and added some additional details onto the jacket and at this point I was thinking maybe I was starting to get the hang of things. Maybe. So here is our silver foil illustration. It’s not perfect, obviously, but I think it’s definitely- Oh my gosh. Look at my thumb. I think this is definitely an improvement from our gold foil. I tried to go for a brushstroke, I guess, texture on the outsides. It isn’t 100% perfect but it’s definitely an improvement from the gold and then I filled in the jacket with silver. Again, it’s not perfect, But I think it’s a really nice effect. I mean, gosh, look how- it’s so shiny and so smooth. I think with a little bit of practice I could definitely perfect this if I wanted to add it to my art. But for now, let’s move on to our final color, bronze. [Music So going into our final piece of art I did want to do something that I feel like I see a lot when it comes to illustrations or art with gold foil. It seems like the subject is always magical or just very elegant or regal, or just really fancy and nice-looking. Usually it’s a girl and there’s flowiness happening. So I thought I would do something like that. Nothing too crazy. It is just a portrait of someone with a colored circle behind them. And in general I just tried to create a mood that would go well with some very sparkly details. So we have a horned girl with an arrow shooting through her chest and some arrows around her and I was going to try to go for this really nice powerful yet simple Illustration. This- this is a rough one. This is probably the worst of the three. Things just got worse it seems right when I thought they were getting better. I definitely don’t want to give up on trying gold foil. I really want to keep trying techniques and trying to perfect maybe a more gentle touch with my fat sausage fingers. But for now this is what we have. I was actually really happy with this character. I think she turned out really cute I was really excited for her white hair to pop off of that bronze for whatever reason I really enjoy her shoe flying off of her foot and I was even going to attempt a line list look for the arrows with the bronze and Boy, oh boy. Every time I think things are going well with applying I feel really confident, I feel like I’m being nice and gentle with applying glue. I’m just patting the foil on gently.
Things seem to be going fine. And once I go through and start to remove the foil, which I did watch quite a few tutorials and it seems like people just kind of go in there with a brush and go crazy and remove it and it should be fine because you’re gluing it down but I seem to be missing the mark for this one because things just… They’re very messy. Foil was sticking where I didn’t put glue and overall things were just falling apart very quickly. Looking back on it I do have to wonder if my biggest miss take was putting too much glue on the paper. I wasn’t putting globs of it down, but I do have to wonder when I did put the foil on the glue maybe it caused the glue to spread out because there was just so much there and it had nowhere to go. So that’s my suspicion that maybe I just used a little bit too much glue but to be honest there are still areas where it just… it’s so messy. Oh boy. Clearly I need some practice. Something else I didn’t expect when going into this gold foil situation is just how messy it was. My fingers were getting glue on them. That glue is not easy to wash off. There were just pieces of foil all over the place. Like I mentioned, if you just breathe on it it would just blow all over the place because it’s just so light and fragile. I have been finding pieces of gold foil in my hallway, in my bathroom, it was stuck on my clothes and just falling off everywhere. It was quite a mess. It felt like the sand of art supplies, but I guess that’s more glitter. All that being said I definitely don’t want to give up on trying to use gold foil. I think with a little practice or re-evaluating how I use it, I could definitely get a better hang of it. I have a lot of sheets still left over so I can definitely practice. I even thought about covering some our supplies in the gold foil, but it does kind of feel sticky even after you cover it. But I definitely do want to use this in the future. It would be really nice to even put in with acrylic paintings. Ooh! Now I really want to put some gold foil on a canvas that would look so cool. Okay future idea. Until then I will just have to keep practicing. So I know it’s a huge possibility that I just didn’t use this material in the most perfect way because this was my first time using it but I just feel like there were too many instances where the foil, especially right here. I know I didn’t do that bad of a job putting glue in that area to the point where it stuck everywhere else. So either I’m not being gentle enough with it or… It’s meant for more 3d projects and covering spaces rather than being very particular with it in an illustration. Either way. I think the effects are very I just haven’t maybe figured out how to use it as well as it could be used. It’s very shiny. I mean look at it. That’s pretty cool. But thanks for watching you guys. This was a bit of a disaster, but I still enjoy trying this material. Uh… And I’ll see you in the next video. But you know what’s not a bit of a disaster? Squarespace. Wow. That Segway. So whether you are trying to show your work to potential clients or you’re trying to sell a couple of prints to customers, having both a portfolio and your shop in one place is perfect. You can even easily import your photos from a Twitter or Instagram. I mean, it can’t get any easier. Oh, wait, it can.
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100 thoughts on “Adding GOLD to ART?!

  1. How are so many commenters so knowledgeable about gold leaf glue? I'm shook.

  2. I work with gold leaf a lot with 2D and 3D—I’m not sure if you did—but you have to let the glue set a little until it get a little less liquid-y and more tacky. That way it won’t spread when the leaf is applied. The glue is so sticky, that it will not lose tackiness for a while. Also, a little goes a long way—and if there are places where the leaf appears to “bleed” you can use a xacto blade lightly over the area and reapply where you need as well.

    It is super delicate and I think you did a great job!!! It takes practice and don’t forget to varnish your gold thinly to avoid color change!

  3. 69 dislikes? :>>>>

  4. Kasey: YO WHATUP? YO GIRL JUST SPILT ALL OF THE GLUE! HECK YEAH! Lo-love that. Lov-love that. laughs
    (Video continues as the glue is still on the table)

  5. is anyone else reminded of baumgartner restoration

  6. Love the art but is the square shape on her face

  7. Do you have to let the glue dry for a bit before applying the foil? I love how you’ve used it in these illustrations!! You’re too hard on yourself!! 😍😍✨✨✨✨

  8. Try to add leaves or flowers into art

  9. I think is was the glue, it spread when u press on it. I love the las girl she is so cute.

  10. No one:
    Kasey Golden: 👑

  11. Im sure you already know this artist but kelogsloops is a fantastic watercolor artist who regularly uses gold leaf. His work is so inspiring!

  12. I've seen classic painters pick the gold leaf up with a large paintbrush and then placing it. Might work for you too, if you don't want it all over your hands 🙂

  13. KAsey!!,, What is that tool you use to make circles? I need that in my life 😮

  14. It would be very cute to mix gold and silver.

  15. The next time you make an ant illustration, you could make a golden ant queen 😲

  16. Casey: uses gold in her illustration
    Me: cries in broke

  17. s h i n y

  18. When she spilt the glue I thought I could smell It lmao

  19. Can you tint and water down the glue? So you can see what you’re doing and it flow a bit more?

  20. I wanna work with good leaf but I'm allergic to gold I get chemical burns from touching it 🙁

  21. I love all of them

  22. you are the artist who on becoming rich do not start customizing lambos and i appreciate that

  23. Wait for the glue to get tacky first. And don’t use your finger to smooth it down. Good luck! ^_^

  24. can we eat em?

  25. Kelogsloops uses gold foil a lot in his works, maybe you can glean some knowledge from watching his videos? (

  26. can you try to make art with gum wrappers?

  27. Love your art♥️💖💕

  28. How are you such a good drawer

  29. You inspired me to draw and you made my drawing better and better you made me try new things and thank you ! I'm a really big fan of yours!!❤

  30. love this idea and it is something that practice makes perfect =) you did awesome!

  31. Pours glue on table.
    Me: quick put gold leaf on it lol

  32. Super like bravo 👍👍 je compose de la musique sur ma chaîne, tu peu les utiliser pour tes vidéos si tu veux 😊😊

  33. There have been so many channels getting hacked, please be careful Kasey

  34. When working with gold foil it helps to buff it in with a fluffy brush, gently removing the excess smoother than you can with your fingers. in addition I've found cotton gloves really help as well as holding my breath. Other than that, it works best in small sections. Anyways, that's what I've found in my experimentation I'm no expert by any means, have fun experimenting y'all!

  35. I love watching you experiment with new materials!! I don't know for sure, because I'm not you, but I feel like I go through the same feelings every time I try a new medium… the feelings of the first one being an experiment, and putting theory into practice, and you can see where it's ok and where it needs improvement. And then for a bit it feels like it's getting better, but then it's not? Like things that stopped being a problem are a problem again, and that's where I get the most frustrated…

    But anyway, I think that sharing these experiences really means something. I don't like to watch people get frustrated just for the sake of watching someone get frustrated, but watching someone with a much better skill level than I have still go through some of the same things is just… reassuring sometimes. Anyway, thanks for taking the time and effort to do all this and film it and put it out there- I know that youtube isn't always the most rewarding of platforms, and can be difficult, but channels like yours continue to encourage me to keep going with art, and I love watching them.

  36. I've been watching your videos for quite a while now, and I just realized that your name is Kasey GOLDEN and not Kasey GOLDEEN…

  37. y'all she got bronze pubes

  38. #sad touch😭

  39. Please paint famous people in your style

  40. 11:13 the foil slides slightly over the paper. I dont think the foil is to blame, you just need a bit more practice is all. I hope to see you work with it again and see how you could improve since these were pretty good despite their mistakes.

  41. Its like medieval art where sometimes the background is made of gold

  42. You need to use a thin coat of glue and wait a few seconds before applying the foil on it so the glue can dry a little bit
    And you are using to much leaf, try to cut it little bit bigger than what you need and then use it, also you can save the flakes they can be used again
    Try to search videos that explains about how to apply gold leaf and about the glue

  43. A tip I've found from an artist named Lauren Brevner, she puts a TINY about of acrylic paint into the glue so she can see where shes putting the glue down on the canvas.

  44. I'm really glad you make videos like these. I see stuff like this from other artists all of the time and it's nice to hear tips and watch experiences so I learn a bit.

  45. Me : thinking about food
    Kasey : says sausage
    Me: 😲 fooodd

  46. Hey kasey what kind of style or the style of the pen on your iPad?

  47. Stephanie Law adds gold leaf to her art with amazing results. I have tried on several occasions with various projects and failed miserably.

  48. I also have sausage fingers and every time I use glue, it's a mess 😀

  49. I love your idea and this video! Thank you for making my day so happy 😊

  50. I've always wondered, what do you do with your 'failed' art? Do you throw them away? Or do you keep everything?

  51. The foil is so light you're using to much glue, it's spreading as you press the foil down

  52. 4:57 𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲

  53. Zhc did this

  54. Less glue may work

  55. B U N N Y A N T S

  56. do a watercolor review on 42 colors superior water color in the travel kit it is s cheap

  57. You should try using masking tape during application

  58. You could’ve put too much glue on and when you added the sheets it could’ve spread

  59. kasey GOLDEN ;D ;D

  60. i really liked how hatch turned out!

  61. 3 ads and the videos not even half way done….

  62. Wooooahhhh crazyyy

  63. Oh my gosh! I have the exact same mannequin!

  64. I have one of those mannequins, and I named him Mr.Person. Hee hee

  65. Yikes.

  66. Kasey-"Go ahead people feed it to your dog"
    PETA-"Take her down now"

  67. I have one question I was was going to go see the march store and when I went on the store it said "sorry closing for holidays will open on jan 13" and were on feb 13 lol love your vids

  68. Is it possible the brand could have something to do with it? I mean i know nothing about gold leaf (didn't even know of it's existence until today) but I'm guessing there must be more than one brand. So maybe this brand just isn't the best?

  69. Where can i buy a Ipad with a Apple pen i want to get into digital art.

  70. She’s thicc 😍

  71. Im obsessed with the placement of the eyes on the first piece

  72. no nose on sock Kasey 🙁

  73. Yes??? No…. yes. Subscribe 😂🤫🤘🏻🤟🏻

  74. I’ve always seen gold foil used in calligraphy, I loved your ideas, it was so original!

  75. Lol


  77. Sorry it took me 4 day until I watched this video kasys point of view of her first picture "SLOPPY" my point of view "FUGGIN MASTER PRICE MINE WOULD LOOK LIKE IT CAME OUT OF THE TRASH IF I HAD THE MONEY"

  78. Kasey: I have sausage fingers!

    Me: same😂

  79. Kasey: *Shows foil art*

    Me: *sees only white*

  80. Give it time to dry, and apply mOaR glue.

  81. "I'm not a delicate person"
    Everyone with sausage fingers nods vigorously

  82. "Go ahead, Feed it to your dog"
    Where I'm from, edible silver leaves are topped over sweets so-

  83. That foil is brighter than my future

  84. Nice drawings

  85. they say this stuff is not suitable for human consumption when it's actually in freaking gourmet high-quality pastries and food

  86. But I mean I could be wrong it could be different type of thing I don't know but yeah I hate me all you want

  87. You can also use PVA glue – less expensive, has worked fine for me. I also recommend "buffing" it before removal – put parchment paper on top and use like a paper towel or cheese cloth with a little pressure on top to buff it flat. Helps it keep flat and consistent

  88. Also! If you plan on using it with acrylic paint, you need to seal it afterward! The brand you used makes some – the chemicals in the acrylic paint will oxidize it over time, so if you dont seal it, it will brown and lose its shine.

  89. It's a shame the copper leaf got messy because I absolutely loved your design for that last character!

  90. The reason your glue is spreading is probably because it needs to set before you foil it. When you paint the glue and then foil it, what's happening is capillary action, the foil is causing the wet glue to spread. Check out the glue bottle instructions again, make sure it's not telling you to wait before foil application.

  91. 4:38 i thought that was very pretty marble

  92. Me and my sister called that ‘manican’ doob.

  93. The foil was like that because you added a bit to much glue and your supposed to add small patches of glue so that when you do it the glue won't spread and stick to your work. However I really liked how they all looked it looks really cool

  94. I have the same wooden thingy too..

  95. I did something similar to my masking fluid the other week weep. All over myself and the couch.

  96. Your should have drawn ant for the Bronze

  97. Baumgarten restoration using golden leaf for restore painting so i think your drawing turned out pachy and imperfect because your not really know how to use it properly if you learn how to use it, it can be an awesome material for your art

  98. If the package says it’s not edible it means it’s brass leaf and not gold. Those are usually cheaper as well and actually easier to handle than 23k gold leafs – real 23karat gold leaf is extremely hard to handle with only your bare hands like in the video. So yeah this is not “real” gold leaf – it’s brass. It is sometimes also called “imitation gold”. But this is why y’all should make sure to read the label before applying metal leafs on food etc. don’t eat brass. Only real visual difference is that it will oxidize with time unless covered with some sort of varnish. The silver foil is obviously thin aluminum. Real silver leaf is pretty brittle and super annoying to handle.

  99. I really like the last one. It kinda looks like she's backlit so the light is shining so bright it blurs past the detail of whatever is supposed to be blocking it. So you get a cool effect of it looking like you can see light through her legs a d around her hair

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