Things I know know about Gilding paste :
1. It can be used on handmade paper that hasn’t been sized to stop said paper from feathering and falling apart.
2. Its the worst tasting thing I have ever put in my mouth (I have this bad habit of absentmindedly sucking my paintbrushes after I’ve rinsed them) It seems Gilding paste doesn’t rinse out as easy as Gouache.
3. The variety I have is non-toxic… But I’m pretty sure you may die just from the taste alone if you somehow managed to drink a bottle.
Anyways. Here is a little orchid work I painted up yesterday on the handmade Khadi paper I have… Its a 100% recycled cotton rag paper, with raw edging and its unsized. So The edges of the paper tend to feather and disintegrate a bit.
I don’t have any universal size at home at the moment, and the 40 degree heatwave we’ve had over the past few days has discouraged me from heading out to the art store to pick any up.
I did this little piece in tea stain, gouache and ink as a test piece to see if the gilding paste would react when I put it over the top. I’m really pleased with the result, its stopped the paper feathering and its given the work a nice light gloss finish.
And here is the second one. I think I need to do a few more like these now, though I might try and see what they look like if I incorporate some little birds too.