Well! That was certainly was a different journey; trying to get the icon leafed. The first book of Palladium patent leaf looked defective, being very uneven and filled with fine cracks and blemishes, but and both attempts to gild the icon failes. I was faced with having to make the decision to bite the bullet, and order another book of Palladium ($90). No sooner had I placed the order, I heard about a possible postal strike within days. Fortunately, the Palladium arrived in time, and then the postal strike has since been delayed.
So the task was once again to sand the earlier layer of leaf and start over. This time, it worked as it was suppose to, and as all my gold leafing worked in the past. So again, it is possible that Palladium is either more challenging to work with or, it could be that this second book of leaf was a better batch. It wasn't uneven and blemished like the first book was.
But in any case, I've given the new leaf its first coat of varnish, and can let it set for a few days while I make final preparations for the upcoming Sooke Fine Arts Show which opens on July 22nd. Two of my paintings from the Journeying With The Totems series have been accepted into the show.
It is a relief to have finally reached the point where the leaf is done, and can move on to writing this new icon of Thomas Merton.