Gold Leaf Workshop Techniques

Gold Leaf Workshops. Limited to Two people per class or a one to one workshop. This usually is a 4 day workshop but sometimes it can go into 5 days. You will be taught the necessary processes and techniques to produce a beautiful decorative Victorian letter , selective  Design or an old Billhead design that can be found on the top of  Ephemera paper designs from the 1900’s . Once you complete the workshop you will take this home with you to hang on your wall.

The workshop will include the following:

Decorative Paint Effects, Brilliant Cutting to add details to letter centres and corners of panels. Abalone application, Damar Varnish textures, Split blended Shades, Gold Leaf blending in oil size and water size, Screen Printing, Pictorial painting, glazes and mica effects,acid etching.

White acid and toned embossing with Silver chemical deposition (mirror making) can also be taught but is a separate course. Angelgilding and Gun Metal blue deposition on glass is also available as a 2 day course.

Meals are included in the workshop. Guest houses and Travel Lodges are 5 minutes away.

These Gold Leaf workshops are, to my knowledge, the only place where you can cover ALL of the required disciplines to execute an authentic “Victorian” reverse glass sign.

You will leave the studio with a full palette of almost magical glass recipes, fully equipped to continue and develop this wonderful art form.

For all this information please contact for dates and fees.
[email protected]
Telephone: 01803 613753

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Gold Leaf Workshop

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4 Responses to “Gold Leaf Workshop Techniques”

  1. Gloria Schaefer says:

    I just found your website and I’m completely blown away. What beautiful work you do!
    I have been making stained glass windows for years and I’d really like to take classes to learn how to do this kind of work. Does anyone in the USA teach what you do? Are there any instruction books or videos I could buy? Thank you.


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  3. Hi Dave, just wanted to drop you a few lines regarding the wonderful week I spent on your workshop , it was fantastic , I can’t thank you enough . As a Painter/ Decorator of nearly 30 years , I was blown away by your vast knowledge and ability on this Craft , it truly has inspired me to follow and progress with this subject . Your hands on tuition style and practical skill combined with your patience with me as a student was brilliant . I’m glad I decided to leave Ireland for the week for workshop , it was money well spent . I will follow up with you in the New Year for more workshops on this subject and others , when your time is available . I also want to thank your lovely wife Mel and your three beautiful daughters for welcoming me into your home and making the whole experience very relaxed .
    You truly are a Master Craftsman ! Everybody I’ve shown the piece you designed for me can’t believe the attention to detail and the techniques used to achieve this wonderful work .
    I’ll keep in touch about other workshops . I hope all your commission work goes well and keep me updated as they progress if you have the time .
    Keep up the good work .
    Ger Richardson , Dublin , Eire .

  4. David Smith says:

    That is very nice of you Gerard. It was was great to meet you, I am glad I was able to help you on your journey into Reverse Gilded Art….

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