Metal Leaf Art

Comprehensive techniques for adding metal leaf details to acrylic pour paintings

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Take your acrylic pour paintings to the next level!

Metal leaf can add beautiful structure to your paint pours, and give your paintings flash and dimension in any lighting. This online course will cover the materials, surface preparation, metal leaf application, sealing and troubleshooting, with all of Kathryn’s techniques and hacks to create crisp, defined lines in gold, copper and silver leaf on your paintings.

Three introductory projects, endless possibilities

The above three projects were made during the filming of the course, and were designed to give you a feel for the method. Kathryn will walk you through creating abstract lines, a shape with a stencil, and freehand trees in her method. You can use these techniques to make your own designs on your acrylic paintings, and increase your confidence with metal leafing.

This course is perfect for artists who:

1) Want to learn a way to make their acrylic pour paintings look distinctive

2) Have little or no experience with metal leafing

3) Have tried metal leafing, but have experienced sticking and frustration

This course focuses solely on metal leaf and is intended to build on and enhance your acrylic pour paintings. You can download the course and watch it at your own pace. A complete materials list and technique summary is included with your download, and optional materials kits are available on Kathryn's website. Everything you need to know to get started is in the course, and the course is designed to use easily accessible materials.

Troubleshooting and Tips for Stuck Leafing

If you've tried metal leafing, you know that there are many issues that can occur, such as leaf sticking to the wrong areas, or rubbing off the centre of designs. A self taught artist and former scientist, Kathryn shows you all the little household hacks and tricks she discovered by trial and error to solve these issues. Her course uses a completely different method than the instructions on the bottle.

Metal leafing has a learning curve, so Kathryn's course includes a troubleshooting section on how to solve common leafing issues. These issues can be avoided with Kathryn's unique surface preparation methods.

Professional Videography with Titles

Kathryn's first ever course was shot in her new studio by Breaktide Productions, and includes short titles accompanying most of the techniques to make the course more accessible and easy to follow.

Below are examples of more artwork Kathryn has created with this technique. See more of her art on her website and Instagram.

"Kathryn's course is absolutely fantastic for all levels. I am a professional artist but still learned so much from her teachings. Her metal leaf techniques absolutely work -- I was able to use them immediately and get perfect results, just as she showed. The course is beautifully filmed, Kathryn is a natural instructor, and it's definitely worth the investment!"

-Briana Coleman of @indigoimpressions

"This course was exactly what I needed to add some oomph to my work. It’s a method that takes finesse and practice, but Kathryn makes it way less intimidating and so fun."

-Meghan Bosch of @yapouring

Your Instructor

Kathryn Beals
Kathryn Beals

I'm a self taught painter from British Columbia, Canada, with a background in forestry and environmental science. I live in California now with my husband and three young children.

Though traditionally a landscape painter, I fell in love with acrylic pouring in 2017. As I learned how to do acrylic pours, I had many pours that were low contrast, flawed or just missing something. I love to experiment, and I tried using gold leaf to enhance a paint pour that needed some extra structure and flash. Using trial and error and items from home, I developed my Metal Leafing method.

While metal leafing began as a way to "fix" the pours I didn't like, it developed into my signature technique for creating trees over my abstract pours. I think it has endless potential for many more subjects. I'm excited to share it with you, and see what we can do as a community to push this medium even further!

Course Curriculum

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  Surface Preparation and Project Ideas
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  Preserving Your Painting
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  Metal Leaf and Resin
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.

Thank you so much for joining my first ever course! I am proud to be part of a community of artists, and I can't wait to see what you make with my method.

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