Use Elmer’s Spray Adhesive instead of the recommended glue. This way you can instantly attach your gold leaf instead of waiting up to 30 minutes to apply. Just spray each section as you go.
Another important tip is to spring for the gold leaf that is attached to the pieces of tissue. I think it was $9.99 for 18 sheets rather than $9.99 for 25 loose sheets. The loose sheets will get away from you & I feel I only get about 50% of the actual leaf on my project… where as with the attached sheets you can virtually use the entire sheet! Worth it!