gilding decoupage tutorial

Tutorial:Ornithology – gilding, aging and decoupage on glass

In Decoupage by marija

monika matusiewiczHere is  gliding, aging and decoupage tutorial kindly shared with Daily ART by Monika Matusiewicz, a talented artist living in UK. You can find more free tutorials on her website, where you can also find store offering craft supplies and Monika’s own decorated items, as well as to find out information on the live workshops offered by Monika.


Materials list:

glass jars (I used coffee jars)
white spirit
Daily Art structure paste
Daily Art matt paint (black, turquoise, chocolate, dark green)
Daily Art gilding glue, gilding varnish, gold flakes and leaves
Daily ART Bitumen ( water based imitation, non-toxic)
Napkins with birds available here
Daily Art glue matt
Daily Art Patina varnish Amber or yacht varnish
sponge brush
flat brush


Clean your jars to remove labels. Wipe with white spirit to remove any greasy stains.

monika reverie art work in progress
Apply structure paste with fingers in few places (for example around the top and bottom). Repeat on lids.  I added some water, but if you don’t want to see white spots inside your jars you can add black paint.
reverie art tutorial gilding and decoupage puting structure paste

Paint whole jars with black or dark brown paint. The Very dark background is perfect for gilding.

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reverie art gilding and decoupage tutorial painted surface
You can add a few
spots wi
th different colours (like a dark green or brown). Your background will be visible between the gilding, especially in places where you use the flakes.reverie art tutorial gilding and decoupage painted background

Now is time for gilding. Apply gilding glue and leave to dry for about 30 min. You do not need to be very accurate because we do not want to cover the entire surface with gilding. Remember to cover larger areas under the  decoupage.

reverie art tutorial gilding and decoupage gilding in process

Once the glue becomes transparent apply gilding flakes and leaves. Leaves are perfect to cover larger parts for decoupage.reverie art gilding tutorial work in progress

reverie art tutorial gilding

Remove access of gilding with the brush (you can add some scratches using sandpaper).  Cover whole surface with gilding varnish to avoid tarnish. Gilding products don’t like water based products, like decoupage glue 😉

Time to add some age patina. Firstly use bitumen here and there according to your taste. Wipe the excess. Tip – stencil brush is perfect for this job 😉

reverie art tutorial gilding and decoupage painting on gilded surface

Mix turquoise and dark green paint for verdigris patina look and apply according to your taste. Wipe the excess while it’s still wet (you can use dry sponge brush).

reverie art tutorial gilded jars with patinareverie art tutorial gilding with patinaNow decide what napkins you would like to use. Match design to larger gilded spots. Remember – napkins are transparent so they won’t be visible on the dark background.

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If possible, tear or cut your napkin as close to the theme as possible. Glue your napkin on desired position. After gluing you can add some more paint or bitumen around decoupage.

reverie art tutorial decoupage placing napkinreverie art tutorial glueing napkin

Time for finishing touch. For me for such work yacht varnish is the best (because yellowing badly and giving extra aged look lol). Yacht varnish dries very long and stinks, so you can use water based Daily Art patina varnish instead.

reverie art tutorial gilding and decoupage result

Last tip: You can add a bit of dry pigment on still wet varnish in some places to get the rust imitation. 

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