The goal in this workshop was to learn about using transfer gold in different ways – gilding onto textures, shapes, different sizes (PVA, acrylic matt medium, wax etc.) and to create different effects. This is an ideal way to lose “the scary feeling” that so often goes with gilding.
Above is a montage of experiments produced on this course.
left to right:
1) Gilded cut letters (about 10mm high);
2 & 8) Pricked paper painted with PVA glue and gilded.
3 & 4) Lettering onto gold using gouache;
5) Watercolour wash over gold and gold on gouache;
6, 7 & 9) Variations of gilding & coppering over good quality wax crayon – Caran d’Ache and then applying a sgraffitto technique. Oil pastels may also be used, but good quality crayons gives a smoother surface.
We also worked with traditional gilding onto gum ammoniac, and did lettering with Schmincke metallic powder mixed with gum arabic.
The gold was 23carat gold.
Watch this space for the Klimt project course!
It was marvellous being back in Cape Town – mostly melting at 30 degrees, but so good to be “home”. Everyone was hospitable as ever and also gave me a lovely book made secretly during the courses!