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Gold Leaf Workshops

In my desire to pass on this knowledge to other craftsmen, I regularly hold Gold Leaf workshops where sometimes on a one to one basis & sometimes in groups I teach the techniques of glass decoration that I have researched over the years.

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.

I've had the most amazing time over the last four days. You're a serious wealth of knowledge and it's amazing that your willing to share it so generously.

- Craig Brown

The workshops 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.

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

Three and a half day Workshop

Limited to three people for the 3 and half day workshop. (60 -70 hours)

Over three and a half days, you will learn different gilding and paint techniques to create two themed glass pieces, in the past such themes have been Confectionary, Whiskey, Art Nouveau and Victorian to name but a few.

It must be stressed that this workshop will involve 12 – 15 hour long days.

We are basically cramming in six and a half days into three and a half days. Nevertheless, this workshop is incredibly enjoyable and rewarding and you will be amazed with the finished results and the glass sign that you will be taking home. In this workshop, the main glass sign created will include the following techniques:

Glass Sign 1

  • Water Gilding (traditional gilding tip and cushion method, Smith Tip method and various other application techniques)
  • Oil Gilding
  • Blending of gradients of gold leaf
  • Sign writing
  • Screen printing
  • Wheel cutting and polishing (brilliant cutting)
  • Abalone in lay (mother-of-pearl)
  • Shading letters
  • Colour combinations
  • Incised carved lettering behind glass
  • Mica colour shading into gold size
  • Marbling and finger blending
  • Acid etching
  • Water marbling
  • Transparent Glazes

The glass sign dimensions will change according to the themed project, but rough dimensions are 500 x 600mm. A handmade mahogany frame will be provided upon completion of your sign.

As part of this workshop, you will also create a second glass sign to take home.

The techniques for this piece will consist of:

Glass Sign 2

  • Glass edge scalloping
    Sand blasting
    Glue chipping
    Paint silvered background
    Brush blending

The glass sign dimensions will change according to the themed project, but rough dimensions for this glass sign is 500 x 350mm. For both glass signs, a wooden MDF case with a handle will be provided for transport home.

Materials to bring

You will need to bring the following LOOSE gold leaf:

  • 2 books of 23 carat gold leaf
    1 book of 18 carat gold leaf
    1 book of 12 carat gold leaf

Glass, mother-of-pearl, paint, gilding tools and brushes will be provided, but if you would prefer to bring your own brushes and gilding tools you are welcome to!

One Day Beginners Gold Leaf on Glass Workshop

Up to 6 people for this 1 day workshop (12-13 hours)

During this one day course, everything will be made by hand. This workshop will strictly cover the traditional hand brush skills of painting letters in reverse on gold leaf. Please note that is a 12 hour day, but fun and extremely rewarding. You will be making one 400 x 400 mm Victorian glass sign, and learning many techniques throughout the day. I must stress that this course is suitable for any level of artistic ability, from beginner to experienced artist. Class sizes will be small in number to ensure that full attention is given to each student.

We will cover the following techniques:

  • Water Gilding (traditional gilding tip and cushion method, Smith Tip method and various other application techniques)
  • Oil Gilding
  • Sign writing in reverse, including shading
  • Glass edge scalloping
  • Blending
  • Brush control
  • Gold leaf blending
  • Colour combination
  • Pencil sketching
Materials to bring

You will need to bring the following LOOSE gold leaf:

  • 2 books of 23 carat gold leaf
  • 1 book of 18 carat gold leaf
  • 1 book of 12 carat gold leaf

Glass, mother-of-pearl, paint, gilding tools and brushes will be provided, but if you would prefer to bring your own brushes and gilding tools you are welcome to!

Due to artwork changes and themes for the main glass piece, please contact me for the 2018 workshop prices.

Dates are for the beginners course 1 day workshop.

28th July 2018, 1st September 2018 and October 27th 2018.


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