“I feel confident to tackle projects on my own and feel incredibly inspired.” – Sign Painter, MN, USA
This workshop will introduce a variety of basic gold leaf techniques for those getting started with gilding, or looking to improve their existing skills. Participants will work on a series of three pieces (two glass, one timber) across the three days, all of which can be taken away afterwards.
Instructor Anne McDonald will guide participants through the processes used to create a variety of effects using gold leaf, including the following. These will be detailed in a printed fact sheet which can be taken away after the workshop.
- Glass cleaning and preparation;
- Water gilding on glass;
- Creating matte centres on glass;
- Inserting abalone shell;
- Screenprinting for glass work;
- Painting blends;
- Working with variegated gold leaf;
- Using damar varnish;
- Surface gilding on timber.
For a more detailed breakdown of the workshop content, read this blog post from past participant Pascale Arpin, and keep in touch with updates via the dedicated Facebook event.
The workshop is being held at Dongbai Airbrush Art School in Pontiac. The fee of $1,195 includes the loan of all equipment, materials* and basic refreshments.. The final day (Sunday) will mainly involve finishing up and so it is possible to book return travel for later that day if necessary. We will also be organising some visits to the many attractions in Pontiac including a reception at the Museum of Gilding Arts on Thursday evening.
*Patent 23k gold and one book of 23k loose leaf gold will be provided. Depending on usage, extra books may need to be purchased in order to complete all projects.
We would like to thank the City of Pontiac and the Society of Gilders for their support of this workshop. Society of Gilders members receive a 10% discount on the workshop fee. Existing members should contact Kate Brown for the coupon code, and there are details of how to join here. All bookings are subject to our standard terms.