We use all acrylics painted on by hand with a brush. Two layers of glaze brings things to a finish in a hurry. I decided I would gold leaf the lettering on my name to add some bling. Gold leaf has long been hyped as something difficult expensive and mysterious. It really is none of the above. I painted on the oil based size then allowed it to tack up for about an hour. Two sheets of 23K gold leaf (about 4 bucks worth of gold) was then pressed into the slightly sticky surface and burnished down for a brilliant shine. It took about two minutes to complete the gold - faster than a second coat of paint that would have been needed if they were painted.
I'll send the panel by air courier to California on Monday. I can hardly wait to hear the stories Kellie has to tell after she carries the panel through security at the airport... :)