Adding Gold Leaf to a Frame with a Sharpie

Adding Gold Leaf to a Frame with a Sharpie: At Home on the Bay

 It took me about a minute to add some gold leaf details to the plain black frame that surrounds the antique frame above.  I used a gold Sharpie oil based paint pen.

master bedroom reveal

Remember this picture of our master bedroom?  I felt the oil painting on the side wall was too small for the space, but it is a really beautiful piece, and I wanted to use it.  I was hoping to someday find a frame to hang around it like I did on the headboard wall.

adding gold leaf with a sharpie: At Home on the Bay

I finally found one – a solid black frame for $3 at an estate sale.  It was the right size, but I wanted to add a little gold detail, so that it related to the frame around the painting and the gold in the rest of the room.  I just followed a divot that was already on the frame.  It was so easy …

Adding Gold Leaf with a Sharpie: At Home on the Bay

and remarkably looked like gold leaf detail.  Sometimes it’s the simplest things that are the most rewarding.

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  1. says

    What a pretty painting. I like that you layered the frames and the bit of gold really adds to the black frame. Nicely done! Your bedroom looks very soothing. Stay warm in this cold spell. Pamela

  2. Vee says

    Great idea for giving a small painting more presence! Another great idea for adding detail to the frame with a gold sharpie.

  3. says

    You are a genius with Sharpies!! It’s amazing how much more substantial your painting looks with the added frame. It’s a lovely painting.