Its no secret that everything looks better in gold. I am going to show how even a novice can create beautiful, gold foiled prints for cheap!
I will show you how to go from this...
floral fox design created by Kara Lunzer from geometricink.com▴
gold foiled, floral fox design created by Kara Lunzer from geometricink.com▴
List of Materials Needed:
1. Gold foil - I suggest using Minc Reactive Foil $6.34 per roll available at Walmart or Hobby Lobby.
2. Smooth card stock. This can be purchased at any craft store.
3. Laser printer - I recommend using a Brother Monochrome Laser Printer. Available on Ebay for $75. I have seen them on sale at Office Depot for $50.
4. Laminator - I suggest a Fellowes Laminator m5-95, available on Amazon for $35
Here's What You Do:
First use your laser printer to print a black and white image using thin, smooth card stock. The printer you use must be a toner, laser printer. Most printers in homes use ink, be sure to check you have the right kind of printer. Be sure to use a thin, smooth card stock. If the paper is to thick it will not run properly thru your printer. If the paper is textured it will leave black flecks behind once the foil is removed.
After the image is printed cut a piece of foil that covers the image entirely. Lay the foil onto the printed image SHINY SIDE FACING UP. It is important that the shiny side of the foil be facing up or it will not work.
Cut a piece of regular printer paper to fit your image and lay that on top of the foil. Basically, your paper and gold foil sandwich should be as follows:
1. Printed image with the printed image facing up.
2. Gold foil sheet laid on top of that with shinny side facing up.
3. Regular piece of printer paper laid on the very top of it all.
Run that paper and gold foil sandwich thru a laminator.
Now the fun part...once your paper and gold foil sandwich is out of the laminator remove the printer paper from the top, then slowly peel the foil from the printed image. What is left behind, should be gold foil that has adhered to the black toner.
There is nothing more satisfying than peeling off gold foil to revel the beautiful, golden image underneath!
tip: Sometimes little black specks will be left behind once the foil has been peeled off. I have found that the severity of the black specks depends on the brand and type of gold foil used. Even when buying the same brand, one roll of foil purchased will create amazing images and when the exact same brand is purchased a second time it will leave black specks. I do a small test run, if many black specks are left I return the product and purchase another of the exact same brand. The next roll of foil typically works perfectly.
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I absolutely LOVE all of these great finds! AND all are $50 or under! This list includes a mash up of all different kinds of affordable gift ideas...one thing they all have in common...they are all handmade and amazing!
These beautiful rings were created by ONATA. $24-$50
"All of my pieces are designed and handmade with love by me in my home studio.
I believe in green practices! The metals I use are ethically and sustainably mined or recycled."
Stunning, extra large, crystal poster print. This beauty would be simply amazing framed and hung in any room. $50
Debbie Carlos, from her self named shop says, "I have always loved the Eames mantra of, Create the best for the most for the least. Good, beautiful things should be available to everyone."
I adore this fun, rock-n-roll inspired pot holder! $29
"WE LOVE DESIGN ROCK! Products screenprinted by hand on natural fiber fabrics, 100% handmade"
These geo-inspired throw pillows would cozy up any room! $40
"Screen printed with water-based indigo, peach, and white ink on soft 100% natural linen. It is removable with a hidden zip closure at the bottom."
An incredible interesting bowl, this would make a perfect conversation piece for any space. $50
"This porcelain bowl is kiln fired and hand painted by Bryce Wymer."
This stained glass necklace is going to be a gift to myself! I adore its simple, unique style. $38
"You may wear it with almost everything as it looks very funky! This stained glass eye pendant is made of 1mm clear glass, copper foil and solder."
A great gift for that design lover or decorator in your life! These are gorgeous, sheepskin chair covers. $40
Taftyli motto: SIMPLY and NATURALLY
Tapestries have come back with a vengeance! Wall hanging textiles have become incredible popular and add warmth to any space. $36-$48
"This is a hand woven wall hanging which I have made, using a collection of wools I have picked up in craft, charity and vintage shops."
The man cave. A place for that man in your life to go and get away from it all for awhile, to relax a bit. Why not create a space with a bit of style? This man cave any woman would adore as well as the guy in her life!
Chairs - pair of Danish lounge chairs: https://www.OtherTimesVintage.etsy.com
Art - quartz point artwork: https://www.dothandmade.etsy.com
Shelf - double twist shelf: https://www.KinoGuerin.etsy.com
Light - hanging pendant light: https://www.ILIUI.etsy.com
Test Tubes - industrial lab stand: https://www.ohalbatross.etsy.com
Pillows - knit pillow cover set: https://www.theYarnKitchen.etsy.com
Art - deer skull art print: https://www.GeometricInk.etsy.com
Desk - mid century style desk: https://www.jeremiahcollection.etsy.com
in·spi·ra·tion: inspəˈrāSHən: noun
1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
My inspiration comes from things I see daily as I sift thru southern flea markets, walk my dogs, or as I surf the web combing thru gorgeous design blogs. The inspiration for my crystal paintings came while I was digging for diamonds at one of Arkansas public diamond mines. I couldn't get home fast enough to jot down the lines of a quartz crystal, and the geometric shapes that form them. I've picked up leaves from a country road and drawn their shapes. I've gotten fabulous inspiration from great nature photographers. The possibilities are endless.
Triangles are something that is a constant throughout both my art and woodwork. In fact, the first shelves I made were triangular mountains. What inspires you in your work?
1. photograph found at http://www.designsponge.com/
2. FoxTailBoutique https://www.etsy.com/shop/foxtailboutique
3. GeometricInk https://www.etsy.com/listing/185758103
4. rug found at http://www.urbanoutfitters.com
5. found at http://99tattoodesigns.net/triangles-tattoo/
6. nails found at http://www.winsomebraveshop.com/product/equilateral-nails-bronze
I never thought my art was good enough, or worthy of a frame. I would paint something, and immediately throw it away. It took years for my to finally show my art to anyone.
When I first opened my art shop, I cringed every time I checked the inbox for messages from customers. Finally, the positive feedback I was getting slowly started to melt away my fears. I am so grateful to my amazing customers for giving me the confidence to keep creating.
My art is inspired by my love of geometric shapes. The order of geometric pattern is calming to me. Bold patterns and graphic images...love them. I decided to just paint what I love.