Last week I was getting that totally on-trend gold look with transfer foils after the release of the new Heidi Swap Minc Foil Applicator*. But there are other ways to add some metallic glitz and glamour to your projects, so this week I thought I would show you how to get the look with leafing pens.
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It is Krylon Leafing Pen time!
Eh? Leafing Pens?
The leafing pens from Krylon are a paint pen that is filled with a metal pigment and solvent formulation. You can find it in silver, copper and 18kt gold colours.
18kt gold? Ching ching! We’re in the money!
OK, so we aren’t in the money – there isn’t any actual gold in the pen. Sorry to burst that bubble. If you look at the specification sheet on the Krylon website, it says bronze pigment *sigh*.
Anyways…these pens come with a chisel nib and produce strong metallic colours which have that perfect metal glow to them and they are acid-free so great for papercrafts. But you can use them on various other surfaces as well such as fabric, ceramic, glass, wood, plastic, metal.
What gives these the edge over other gold pens you may have in your stash is that the finish really does look like metal leafing or plating.
1 Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing
2 ZIG Fabricolor
3 ZIG Painty
4 Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Gold 250
6 ZIG Writer
7 ZIG Wink Of Stella Brush
and help up to catch the light:
The ZIG Fabricolor gets the closest to the Krylon Leafing Pen shine, but what you can’t see in the photos is that there is a slight redish tint to the ZIG Fabricolor gold and the colour is not quite as even as the leafing pen but it is still not bad in the shiny gold stakes.
How Do You Use Them?
The Krylon Leafing Pen* works like other paint pens. When you first take the pen out of the packet, the nib is paint free and white. To start your pen off, you need to give it a really good shake then depress the nib a few times to start the flow of the paint into the tip.
My pen is kind of old and has been somewhat abused so the nib is now a bit tatty, but you get the idea. I ought to change the nib really, which you can do by the way, I just haven’t gotten around to buying any replacement nibs yet. #notlazyjustbusy #okandabitlazytoo #yougotmethere
Once you have the paint flowing, you can use it just like a pen and every now and then you may need to press the nib down to get more paint flowing, particularly if you haven’t used it for a while. Giving the pen a good shake from time to time is a good idea too.
Hold your horses! Is that a page protector? Yep, you can even add your own gold accents to your memory keeping, project life, scrapbook page protectors.
Now that you have the paint flowing, you can draw and write with the pen just as you would with any other chisel-nibbed pen and here is a simple project to get you started.
Start with a template of what you want to draw. You can just go ahead and draw your design freehand of course but with a template you can make multiples of the same pattern, great if you want to sell the product #hint.
Then place the sheet of vellum over the top of your template and lightly trace the design onto the vellum.
Having shaken and primed your Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen (see above), start using it on the traced design.
Woop! Woop! Trend Alert – Pineapples are SO hot right now! (Think Will Farrell in Zoolander).
Moving rapidly on…
Once you have finished let the paint dry, it takes around 10 min to be touch dry and after 2 hours you can handle it how ever you need. I added a sentiment with a brush marker pen and my favourite at the moment is the Bimoji Fude pen from Kuretake (you can use a stamp if you prefer) and wrapped the vellum around the cover of the notebook.
I used the template again on some shrink plastic* to make a matching page marker – cute!
OK So What Other Projects Could You Do With Leafing Pens?
As well as drawing and writing, the pen is also good for adding block colour to sections as I did in the Designer Notebook pattern project that I made for the Blitsy Discover blog.
Don’t forget that it works on all sorts of surfaces so adding metallic accents to all your projects is super easy and, wait for it… SO hot right now!
So do you have this pen in your stash? What do you use yours for? Are you tempted to get it if you haven’t got it? I would love to hear your Krylon Leafing Pen stories so drop me a comment below and let me know what you would use yours for.
For more ways to Get The Gold Look check out these posts:
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