Gilding: The Language of Light on Paper, Parchment & Vellum

16-20 Apr 2018

The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, London

This course is an exploration of the practice and symbolism of the luminous art of manuscript gilding on paper, parchment and vellum. Course participants will study the origin and varieties of gold and other precious metal leafs as well as the preparation and application of numerous traditional gilding sizes. Some more recent innovations in gilding sizes will also be tested and discussed.

Throughout the course, we will study many examples of manuscript illumination through the ages and discuss the designs and techniques used by the master illuminators from ancient to more recent times.

Participants will complete the course with several small scale gilded artworks demonstrating and recording their progress in this glorious art form.

Participants should bring their own brushes to use during the week, including sable brushes in sizes: 0; 00; 000.

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