6 Panel Art Project – Part 4: Liquid Silver Leaf

Last week my 6 panel project looked like this:

6 panel project - background of 3 light panels painted

Everything was done except the tree on the light/daytime panels.

I’ve always wanted the tree on my daytime panels to be bright shiny silver.  Last year I tried tracing the outlines of the tree onto sheets of tin and cut them out with tin snips.  I was going to glue the metal pieces to the panels, but the tin was too hard to work with and the pointy branches were super sharp:

marking tin with an exacto blade to cut for my 6 panel art project        cutting tin for my 6 panel art project

Then I contemplated using heavy duty tin foil, which could have worked, but would have been quite crinkly.  Abbie suggested applying silver leaf, which is super thin sheets of silver that you apply with special glue [just like gold leaf, but silver instead].  That sounded more difficult than I wanted, but I was going to borrow hers and give it a try.  But THEN I discovered liquid silver leaf and bought some on Amazon.  I also bought some inexpensive detail brushes so the leaf wouldn’t ruin my regular paint brushes.  I was super happy when I got home from work last Thursday and they were waiting on the doorstep:


The liquid leaf is so bright and shiny!:

liquid silver leaf paint is super shiny

I learned very quickly that it’s also very toxic [it can only be removed with acetone or xylene *shudder*].  After using it for a few minutes, even with the girl cave windows wide open & the ceiling fan on, I started getting a headache.  I grabbed my respirator for the duration:


But even with that on I could still smell the fumes.  NASTY!  Here are some progress shots:

298d        298e

And a before & after of 1 corner:

298f        298g

It took about an hour to paint the liquid leaf onto the 2 panels.  Here’s what they looked like when I was done [the little balls of light on the photos in this post are reflections from the disco ball in the girl cave window]:

298h        298i

Here’s what the 6 panels looked like when I laid them back on the floor together – the only panel that needed silver was the middle daylight one:

the tree on two of my 6 panels has been painted silver with liquid leaf - 6 panel art painting project

I would have painted all 3 but it was a work night and I wanted to eat dinner & relax with hubby downstairs.  Next up:  how things can go so wrong so quickly…

I’ll end this post with a shot of Birdie chillaxing and Franc exploring:

298k        298l

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  1. Where to hang do you already have an idea ?
    Liebe Grüsse

  2. The final product is going to be SO amazingly spectacular!

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