DIY Abstract Gold Foil Art

What do you do when it’s the first day of classes but you don’t actually have a class? You DIY! Or at least thats what I did. I spent my Monday getting “ready” for today only to realize that my first day is actually tomorrow. So with nothing but time on my hands, I decided to make some wall art for my upcoming gallery wall.

For about 3 months now, I’ve been pining for a gallery wall. Like, I need one. Each time I come across someones Insta with a gallery wall( mostly enviable interior designers/bloggers) I have to screenshot it. And yet my collection of screenshots is nothing compared to the insane Pinterest board I’ve been building. Talk about obsession! Thinking that M. would disagree I never really brought it up but a few days ago when I mentioned it in casual conversation he jumped at the idea. Yasss. On condition that the wall isn’t too me, if you know what I mean.

I made this 15-minute piece for the wall and I love it! I can’t wait for it to become a conversation piece.

What you need:

  • Small to medium sized canvas (depends on you!)
  • 3-4 Acrylic paint in various colors, including white.
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Gold leaf/foil


  1. Drop small blobs of paint onto the canvas randomly. You should have mostly white blobs. I needed about 7 blobs for my canvas.
  2. Begin to spread out the paint blobs on your canvas using the popsicle sticks, starting with the white and then working your way through the other colors. Go wild here. Having no pattern is the key.
  3. While the paint is still wet place gold leaf at random spots on the canvas with the popsicle stick. Tap foil pieces gently to make sure they are stuck on.
  4. Allow to dry for a few hours. You can use a clear finishing spray if you’d like.


And that’s it! I found this so relaxing to make and I’m considering making another matching one so I have 2 for my gallery wall. . Any suggestions for colors?


A few tips

-I realized that waiting for some time after putting the blobs on you canvas, “hardens” the paint slightly, so I did this before spreading. It gives you more texture if that’s what you’re going for.

-Use a new popsicle stick for each colored blob if you don’t want to be mixing those colors together.

-The gold leaf flies away at the slightest movement so be careful! It also sticks to everything – learnt this the hard way.


I purchased all my art supplies at Michael’s, although it was a while back. I would say this project cost me about $11 to make. Not a bad deal for some nice pieces!

Are you going to be making this wall art soon? Share your take on this DIY with me with the hashtag #essiedoessummer!



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