gold leaf and adhesives
- I use a layer of gesso to apply gold leaf to my calligraphed work.
One reason for using gesso rather than other adhesives is you can
burnish the gold, which really gives it the characteristic lustre,
in addition to the gold colour. This link will take you to a site
that does a good job explaining the how to's of both flat and raised
gold applications. http://www.currys.com/knowledge/gilding.asp.
Also in response to what adhesive Eric Carle uses for his collage,
it is important to remember that he works with tissue paper which is
very different from some of the heavier papers and other materials
we may be using in our collages. An extremely thin amount of any
adhesive - I sometimes think spit would do - will keep tissue in
place. He paints his, perhaps, with non-water soluble (at least
when dry) paints, as normal tissue bleeds whan wet which can produce
lovely results. I have used tissue collage techniques to make
Lanterns out of two litre plastic soft drink bottles. I will try to
upload a photo of one of them.