Gilding and Verre Églomisé
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‘The course was enjoyable and very informative with a high standard of teaching throughout.‘ Isabelle Gulliver

This course was excellent. The organisation and teaching of the subject matter was clearly communicated. The atmosphere in the lab was extremely comfortable and the tutor gave excellent, constructive feedback.’ Jessica Routleff-Jones

 

Level: Beginners

Fee: £435

Date: 22-26 July 2019

Tutor: Rian Kanduth

SHORT COURSE OVERVIEW

Create your own stunning reflective artwork, by learning to apply and then etch in gold leaf on glass. After that we move on to oil gilding a plaster cast, a technique you can go on to use on all sorts of surfaces, including plaster, wood and stone, indoors and out. Verre églomisé (gilding on glass) and oil gilding techniques have barely changed over the centuries and are amongst the most satisfying to learn.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

At the Art School, we teach our woodcarvers and our conservators a variety of techniques for the application of gold leaf to different surfaces and objects, old and new.  In this short course, we introduce you to the specialist techniques of verre églomisé (gilding on glass) and oil gilding. The latter is suitable for use on external architectural features, including wood and stone, but in this course, you learn to apply it to plaster.

Verre églomisé, the technique of gilding the reverse side of a piece of glass, is now most often found in museums and galleries, and employed by sign writers and artists. In this course you learn how to apply loose gold leaf to glass, and then to etch your design in gold leaf, finally sealing it with coloured enamel. Along the way, we show you how to make size, and some interesting techniques for etching.  You’ll be amazed at the end result of your endeavours: a stunning reflective artwork!

While the verre églomisé method is only ever used on glass, oil gilding is found on various substrates. Key to successful oil gilding is an understanding of how best to seal the substrate (though we will already have sealed the cast you’ll be working on) and working to timeframes (knowing when the size is perfect to then lay the leaf). Again, you learn how to apply loose gold leaf to plaster, using a gilder’s tip, and afterwards to ‘fault’ it, or identify where the gold has not taken. Getting it just right is tricky and requires guidance and a lot of practice.

With the skills you learn during this fascinating week, you’ll have all the essentials you need to start practising gilding at home.

 

What’s included: all teaching, and most of your tools and materials for gilding, including gold leaf.  Feel free to bring your own gilding equipment if you have some already.

What isn’t included: your meals, and bring a 1” flat sable brush and a small round sable brush no 1 or 2 Please also wear clothes you don’t mind spoiling, or bring an apron.

To book your place on this course, please click here.

 

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