July 30

How To Embellish Artwork with Silver Leaf


Today I have a video for you.

In late 2016, just as I'd finished working on the artwork for Novum, I was asked to develop an image for another album cover—a new luxury box set collection of Procol Harum's music, covering 5 decades of their albums and live performances.

After doing a little happy dance at being offered the commission, I quickly got busy on my research—looking for imagery in the band’s songs to spark my imagination.

I was inspired by spending some quality time studying lyrics from Procol Harum's vast back catalogue of music, and being lucky enough to have a highly entertaining chinwag with band's lead man, Gary Brooker MBE about the band, it's history, ethos and music.

The cover for Still There’ll Be More evolved from imagery inspired mainly by the Wreck of the Hesperus (the song title taken from a 19th Century poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), the starry night skies and ethereal moonlight at sea.

I loved the end result so much that in June 2018, just after the box set was released, I decided to create a limited run of 10 prints of the Wreck of the Hesperus.

Created on beautiful, heavyweight paper, with a luxurious subtle texture, I wanted to add a special dimension to these pieces, so I hand-embellished each print with silver leaf and watercolour—making every one of the 10 truly unique.

This video shows you how I applied the silver gilding to the artwork (click below):

How you can get your print

I have only a small handful of prints remaining, so if you'd like one of the last few, I recommend you get yours now, before they all fly off to other happy homes around the world.

You can order your limited edition print here on my website—just click the link below:


Or if you know someone else who would love one, share this post so they can find out about them.

About Julia

Julia Brown

Julia is a motorcycle-riding, cat-herding, food loving fine artist.

Based in rural Yorkshire, she lives with her partner, sculptor Damon Price, and their 3 bonkers cats. 

Aside from painting and drawing, she designs and illustrates books, sometimes does the garden, and loves food and cooking—but then has to run it off at some point later.

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Julia writes this blog on her website www.juliabrownart.com.

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