Gold Leaf Illumination

with Jane Lappage


1 Day Workshop (10:00am - 4:00pm)


£55 to include all materials


‘Illuminated’ manuscript is the name given to text which contains gold or silver which reflects the light. A manuscript which is richly decorated in colour only, without having gold or silver is, technically, not illuminated.


Illumination with gold goes back into antiquity but is especially common in the later Middle Ages in manuscripts such as Books of Hours.


These days, gold leaf continues to be used to create either that classic illuminated look or a clean modern simplistic letter in an ornate frame can look just as on trend.


This one day course gives you a quick insight on how to apply and achieve a great gold leafed initial.



You will see how striking the gold makes any type of work, be it a large piece or just small highlights. This effect cannot be achieved by gold paint no matter how metallic it is.


Our workshops are always light hearted, fun and are aimed to give a taster of the basic skills needed to produce beautifully illuminated script.


Learn a little about the history of Illuminated Manuscripts and finish the workshop by producing up to two illuminated letters, demonstrating all that has been learned during the day.


Prior to the class you need to select two initials to work with that Jane will bring to the class.


One letter you will glue for the gold leaf and one you will illuminate whilst awaiting the glue to dry on the other initial.


Time permitting you may be able to complete both letters ' Gold Leafed'!



Everything is provided for the class including glue, one sheet of gold leaf, brushes, paper and paints along with Jane’s years of knowledge on this historic skill.


Many other products for excelling at this art will be available to buy on the day.


Course Highlights

  • Friendly, comfortable and well lit environment
  • Use of all tools and materials needed to complete your projects
  • Generous table space
  • Clear information and demonstrations

The course focus is always on fun and friendly creativity with lots of personal tuition from an experienced calligraphy artist.


FOOD: Hot and cold refreshments will be provided throughout the workshop. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or, alternatively the shop is situated next to the wonderful Mulberry Tree Cafe where you can purchase delicious food and refreshments at reasonable prices.


The course cost includes all materials, use of tools and teas / coffees throughout the day.


To book onto this class please contact us using one of the options from our 'contact us' page


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