Gold Leaf Workshops Xmas 2023


Dec 03 2023


10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Gold Leaf Workshop in Leicester at Calligraphy Arts HQ

Learn how to gold leaf in Leicester in our comfortable home surroundings.

1 Day Workshop (10:00am – 4:00pm)

£60.00 to include all materials

A day to learn the art of illumination using gilding techniques and real gold leaf in the comfort of Calligraphy Arts HQ. Enhance two initial letters with gold leaf and vibrant colours.

Gold leaf, glue, brushes and paper are all provided. There will be lots of extras available to buy on the day.

Everything is provided for the class including gold leaf initial letters and card (all yours to keep) along with Jane’s years of knowledge and information on this historic skill. Many other products for excelling at this art will be available to buy on the day

‘Illuminated’ manuscript is the name given to text which contains gold or silver which reflects the light. A manuscript which is richly decorated in colour only, without having gold or silver is, technically, not illuminated.

Illumination with gold goes back into antiquity but is especially common in the later Middle Ages in manuscripts such as Books of Hours.

These days, gold leaf continues to be used to create either that classic illuminated look or a clean modern simplistic letter in an ornate frame can look just as on trend.

This one day course gives you a quick insight on how to apply and achieve a great gold leafed initial.

You will see how striking the gold makes any type of work, be it a large piece or just small highlights. This effect cannot be achieved by gold paint no matter how metallic it is.

Our workshops are always light hearted, fun and are aimed to give a taster of the basic skills needed to produce beautifully illuminated script.

Learn a little about the history of Illuminated Manuscripts and finish the workshop by producing up to two illuminated letters, demonstrating all that has been learned during the day.

Prior to the class you need to select two initials to work with that Jane will bring to the class.

One letter you will glue for the gold leaf and one you will illuminate whilst awaiting the glue to dry on the other initial.

Time permitting you may be able to complete both letters ‘ Gold Leafed’!

Everything is provided for the class including glue, one sheet of gold leaf, brushes, paper and paints along with Jane’s years of knowledge on this historic skill.

Many other products for excelling at this art will be available to buy on the day.

Course Highlights

  • Friendly, comfortable and well lit environment
  • Use of all tools and materials needed to complete your projects
  • Generous table space
  • Clear information and demonstrations
  • The course focus is always on fun and friendly creativity with lots of personal tuition from an experienced calligraphy artist.

Hot and coffee will be provided throughout the workshop. Please remember to bring some lunch as we will take a 1/2 hour break to rest a little.

When booking, don’t forget to let us know two initial letters you would like to illuminate.


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