liquid leaf photos
This is one of my favorite ways to spice up photos!!! You don’t notice the gold until you get closer and see the shimmery accent which I just love. It’s a really simple but elegant way to dress up a photo without overwhelming the image.

You can use colored photos if you’d like but I prefer black and white for drama. I’ve also found this technique looks amazing on photos featuring architecture or geometric shapes. It makes a great gift idea too if you are in the habit of giving pictures!

FYI, I don’t know the long term effects of Liquid Leaf on photos. I chose pictures I could easily reprint if something went wrong but I would not recommend doing this to heirloom photos. With that being said, I have used this technique before and after 1 1/2 years saw zero damage to my photos!

Psst! If you want to see how I styled these photos in my house take a peek at our Living Room Tour.

DIY gold gilded photos craft

You Will Need: 
Liquid Leaf (got mine here)
Black and white photo
Small paint brush

gold leaf on photos diy

Now simply paint whatever accent you like on the photo! Straight lines look very striking so I prefer using those. I also like to start and stop my lines “behind” points of interest such as people to add depth and make those focus points more punch-y!

black, white, gold DIY photo

painted photos DIY

Play around with it and have fun. :) Use that imagination and do whatever feels right.

painting on photos gold


  1. Billie jo, November 1, 2016 at 4:26 pm:

    It does add interest. I didn’t even notice the gold on the first pictures until you showed what to do.

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, October 15, 2016
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