Mixed Media Painting With Bling! Using Gold Leaf and Image Transfer with Sonya Iwasiuk

January 29, 2021


When: January 29th 11am (1.5hr)

In this Virtual demo, join Vancouver Based artist Sonya Iwasiuk as she shares valuable mixed media techniques for you to add to your artistic practice. Pulling from her incredible knowledge as a Golden Artist Educator, Sonya will demonstrate the highly requested image transfer technique as well as delving into imitation gold leafing to create the textured look of an “embossed” background. She will also teach attendees tricks for how to quickly and easily gesso your cradle panels like a pro and a way to make your own handmade faux gold leaf. The demo will be suitable for creative individuals at all levels of artistic pursuits, those looking to learn image transfer, dip their toes into gold leafing, or get to know one of Vancouver’s fun and knowledgeable arts educators.


8×8 Wooden Cradle Panel

Stonehenge Paper – Small pieces for Color Experiments (ie. 6” x 6”)

An image printed on printer paper using Photocopy or Laserprint (Inkjet will not work well)

Golden Sandable Hard Gesso or Gesso

Golden Matte Medium

Golden GAC 800 (Pouring Medium Gloss is the same thing)

Golden Light Molding Paste

Golden Fluid Acrylic  Paints in…

  • Iridescent Gold Deep
  • Carbon Black
  • Cobalt Turquoise
  • Sap Green
  • Red Oxide
  • Manganese Blue

#6-8 Flat Acrylic Brush such as Opus Legato brushes

#4 Flat Soft Acrylic Brush such as Opus Arietta brushes

#4 Flat Firm or Bristle Brush such as Opus Denman or Fortissimo Brushes

Small Detail Brush such as a #2 round Opus Bravura Brush

Palette Knife such as Opus Finest Palette Knives in a size/shape of your choosing 

Brayer in a size and density of your choosing (many artists enjoy soft brayers for mixed media applications)

120 Sandpaper

Silicon Bowl Scraper (MesserMeister Brand is amazing)


Sponge or Similar object for Texture such as natural sponges 

Stencils of your choosing 

Heat Gun or Hair Dryer 

Clean-up rags

Paper Towels

Water container for Brushes

Larger Water Bin for Stencils

Spray Alcohol 70% or more

Tissue Paper


Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Sonya Iwasiuk

Sonya is a self-taught mixed media artist living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She spent her childhood in small towns and on farms in Northern Alberta.

Though at times the figure is her focus, she is also drawn to abandoned places and buildings because they too speak of people. Disconcerted characters and lonely entities documented within her mixed media paintings, sculptures and translucent hangings, are partially exposed and brought back to being.

She progressively explores and experiments with different materials and methods of rendering and presenting these portrayals. The hope is that the unusual and unique components and techniques will create interest and delight, causing viewers to pause longer and thus communicating the message in a more meaningful and successful way.

January 29, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm