Create 3D Mirror Effect Leaf Art

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Quick and easy to create, the mirror effect gilding foil adds both texture and a striking effect.
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Quick and easy to create, the mirror effect gilding foil adds both texture and a striking effect.
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Step One

Choose your background colour. I chose a yellow-brown, created using Process Yellow, Vermilion Hue and Ultramarine. Mix your paint on the palette until you are happy with the colour (if you're not sure then try it on paper first)

Apply the colour wetly to the canvas - dip your brush in water before applying the paint - and completely cover the canvas.
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Step Two

Dab a dry tissue over the fresh paint to create texture and a softer colour, and to remove any brush lines and excess paint.

If you take too much off you can add another coat and try again until you are happy with the result.
Three canvas boards being left to dry.
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Three canvas boards being left to dry.
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Step Three

After you have finished applying the background colour on all the canvases leave them to dry for about 15 minutes, or longer if needed.

Draw your leaf shapes on to the canvases using a pencil. If you aren't confident in your drawing, practice on paper first, before you feel happy to try on the canvas - or try tracing from a photograph. Keep the lines clean and simple.
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Step Four

Apply a relatively wet wash of your choice of acrylic colour inside the leaf shape. You don't have to be very neat!


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Step Five

Similar to the background wash, dab with a dry tissue.  It doesn't matter if the paint goes outside the lines, but if you want to then you can remove any paint bleeds by dabbing with a damp tissue.

Leave to dry for 10 minutes (or longer if needed).
All three painted and in the process of drying.
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All three painted and in the process of drying.
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Step 6

Using the Pebeo Gedeo Mixtion Relief tube, carefully work over your pencil outline. Try this on some scrap paper first so you can see how easy it is to control the paste. Keep the nozzle close to the canvas but be careful not to smudge or lean on areas that have already been worked.

Leave the Mixtion Relief to dry for around 2 hours or longer, depending on the thickness of application - the white will start to become clear as it dries. 
Finished adding the Mixtion Relief now nothing to do but wait!
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Finished adding the Mixtion Relief now nothing to do but wait!
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Step Seven

Cover the canvas with a sheet of Pebeo Gedeo Gilding Foil. I've chosen colours similar to those painted, so this is red for the red oak leaf.

With the shiny side up, press the foil so you can feel the outline of the mixtion relief, and trace around it with your fingers or using something blunt, like the side of a paintbrush or pencil.  Don't rub or press hard as this may damage the foil but do try to get into all the edges and corners.
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Step Eight

Peel away the leaf! You will see it has transferred from the sheet and on to the canvas.
One finished oak leaf!
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One finished oak leaf!
Red Oak, Green Ash and Golden Sycamore together.
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Red Oak, Green Ash and Golden Sycamore together.
I like these little canvases to sit on shelves, window sills and mantelpieces, but they will also look good on the wall.
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I like these little canvases to sit on shelves, window sills and mantelpieces, but they will also look good on the wall.
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