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Illumination - from Medieval to modern

With Toni Watts

Starting date : 27 April 2024

Fees : HK$ 2,340 or US$ 300

Workshop Description

Lesson 1

This lesson is an introduction to basic gilding techniques, looking at various ways of applying gold flat on the page. We’ll consider the advantages and disadvantages of each gilding size and how best to apply them. A design has been provided to practice the techniques used in all four lessons but creativity is welcomed.


Lesson 2

Raised gilding is always more challenging. This lesson will consider three ways of achieving raised areas of gold in your design. The first is manuscript gesso. Comprehensive instructions will be giving, allowing students to make, lay and burnish this traditional plaster base to achieve the elusive mirror shine. The other two methods use modern ‘off the shelf’ products, giving three different gilded finishes.


Lesson 3

The first half of this lesson will be used to look at the gilding results from the previous two lessons, answering questions and problem solving if necessary. We’ll then look at ways of combining flat and raised gilding and using tooling to embellish the gold leaf.


Lesson 4

Again, there will be time set aside for questions at the beginning of class. We’ll then go on to complete our design with painting in watercolour and, if time allows, talk about the use of other metal leaves.  

Workshop Schedule

Lesson 1

Saturday, 27 April, 2024

19:00 pm - 21:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 2

Saturday, 4 May, 2024

19:00 pm - 21:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 3

Saturday, 11 May, 2024

19:00 pm - 21:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 4

Saturday, 18 May, 2024

19:00 pm - 21:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Note to Students

  • This is a live online workshop via Zoom (please make sure you have a Zoom account to access the workshop)

  • All live lessons will be recorded and available for 90 days following the final lesson.

  • All recordings expires on Saturday, 17 August, 2024 at 12:00 pm Hong Kong Standard Time.

  • Student can submit homework to the discussion board for Toni to critique.

  • Homemade gesso (4g) by Toni will be post to successful participants.

  • Workshop handouts (if any), zoom links and recordings are available on the workshop page one week (or as soon as practicable) before the first lesson.

  • All workshop dates and times are according to the Hong Kong Standard Time.

Recommended Workshop Supplies

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Refund Policy

  • All sales are final and fees paid for the online workshop are non-refundable.

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