We have a new ‘Intro to Glass Gilding‘ weekend course running in 2017. It’s amazing!!


Designed to suit all wayfarers, intermediates and advanced students

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Above: Student Tracy Cheung from Hong Kong produced this letter in 2 sessions.  The weekend will encourage students to produce 3 completed variation panels.

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This course is designed for intermediate lettering enthusiasts.

The course aims to develop letter gilding skills and a focus on signwritten letter structures, type design, sound design layout techniques and building all round confidence in the new creative writer.

The Power of Gold

We now have a powerful Strong Gold course making glass gilding a part of the new signwriter’s arsenal.



The power of 24ct gold has on passers by is what makes it such a key asset to a growing business and signwriter’s tool set.  From all angles it is visible in the most spectacular way … the sun never bleaches it from view, in mid afternoon it glows much as it does at dawn and under artificial lighting it becomes gloriously luminous..


‘Nothing conveys as much impact on a window as gold leaf.’Raymond. J. Le Blanc. 1978:7


We believe it’s true… gold leaf is the ultimate visual statement and yet affordable.  It remains the very best way to enhance the spirit of success and sensational visual appeal.

Gilding Course Schedule

Gilding essentially falls into 3 groups today: Water gilding, Oil gilding and Distressed.

We will look ate the essential get started skills of all 3 on the weekend course.  Enough to cast off on the voyage!

The skills you will learn include:

  • Preparation mixtures
  • ‘NGS London’ super clear water gild gelatine mix
  • Preparation of enamels
  • Summary of Boston/Florentine Satin Gild
  • Macro focus on Mirrored Gilding techniques
  • Distressed Gold
  • Faded effects
  • Outlining and shading
  • Tough back-up
  • Safe clean off

It will set you on your way with clean sweet (Raymond LeBlanc) gold leaf techniques.


The course adds onto a 5 day workshop costing 450.00

3 Evening Gilding Course cost 225.00 inc gold leaf.

Total 675.00

Payment in full prior to secure your place on the course

Deposit – Paypal 100.00  nickgarrett2828@yahoo.co.uk

At the Sydenham studio


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