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The finer details… Intricate painting and gold leaf in art

Wildlife Oil Paintings

My wildlife work has been taken ever so slightly further this month as I have taken on even finer detail and chosen to practice embellishments with gold leaf.

I am a true magpie with shiny and glittery things, and so when I read up on gilding my work I was very enthused to try it out. I am obsessed with embellishing my work with tiny and minute detailing in contrast with sweeping brush strokes and bold marks. I ordered the booklets of gold leaf online after researching how to apply them, especially to paintings! It is a small touch I will be applying to certain pieces where I crave that opulence and richness of detail and colour. It may take a while to master the scalpel and application, it is a lot thinner than I imagined! It can barely be felt between my fingers, it is so incredibly fine that as I pulled a leaf out of the booklet to look, my fan heater sent it whirling around my room. (Which I have to admit, looked really pretty..)

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In considering the finer details and how to constantly be improving, iv been working with an incredibly fine brush to hone in on my steady hand skills. I am so used to throwing paint around and deliberately making as bold a mark as possible that the more intricate details can be a challenge. Painting seems to be a constant learning curve, I will be happy if I never master it completely but as long as it stays as fun as this I can’t imagine myself ever stopping…

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Katy x

 

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