Golden State

December 2, 2013

DIY Golden State Poster

When OhJoy debuted her finished studio renovation, I think there may have been a collective exploding of the minds over the internet. In my mind, Emily Henderson can do no wrong.

A California print (part of her studio’s wall gallery) called out to me, and seeing that it was a commissioned piece from a friend, I thought up some ways I could make a similar poster for my home. As much as our family is starting to really enjoy (dare I say love? what?!) NC, our roots will always be in California.

DIY Golden State Poster

Since the poster would hang somewhere in my living room, I knew I wanted my version to be a little more buttoned-down and tried to stay true to the actual outline of the state instead of a more interpretive, abstract look. Going off a printout, I freehanded the outline onto a velvety, black substrate I had on hand (old samples from a printing company) but still managed to mess up a few areas, most notably, my hometown — sorry Bay Area and San Jo!

Golden State Poster DIY

With a sponge brush, I filled in the outline with size, a gilding medium that adheres the gold leaf to whatever surface you’re working on. You can find gilding kits at any craft store. Just make sure to pick up a sponge brush or two if you don’t already have that on hand.

Once the size is dried, carefully lay down your leafing sheets over the size, overlapping the edges of the sheets as you go. Smooth down with your hand or press with a completely dry sponge brush. Rub off the excess with your fingers and gently burnish the borders of the state.

With a clean, dry cloth, sweep off the gold dust and flecks from your print (vacuuming is the best way to clean off your floor and workspace). If you like, you can apply a thin layer with the protective coating that comes with the kit. I skipped that part and went straight to framing my finished print instead.

DIY Golden State Poster


  1. Comment by Sarah on December 4, 2013 1:01 pm

    This is awesome! I might have to try to make a smaller one for my room with a GA state! :)

  2. Pingback by BUY or DIY: Gift Guide- New Beginnings – Bracket on December 17, 2013 8:12 am

    [...] your friend move? A great way to show love for their state. Or try this in a letter if they’ve recently [...]

  3. Comment by AL TAN on December 19, 2013 2:29 am


  4. Comment by libby on January 2, 2014 5:15 am

    So beautiful! do you have the urge to cover everything in gold leaf now? Happy New Year from Sydney!

  5. Pingback by Golden State Poster | Make Scout on February 1, 2014 10:11 pm

    [...] Source: Ambrosia Creative [...]

Comments RSS

Leave a comment