How to make shell gold – a practical guide

To make your own paint from gold leaf is a simple and straightforward process, but it can also be laborious.  In this post I will share the step-by-step process for making gold pigment – also known as “shell gold”, the way it has been practiced and passed down from generations of gold makers in India. I’veContinue reading “How to make shell gold – a practical guide”

How to apply paper size with glue and alum

A size is a substance that acts as a protective glaze on cellulose fibers to reduce the absorption of liquid, so when you paint in water-based medium, the paint would stay on top of the substrate – paper or fabric – instead of getting soaked into it. The wide acceptance of gelatin or glue* asContinue reading “How to apply paper size with glue and alum”