Judy Detrick
Mendocino, CA

B14 — Gilding ABCs
Four-Day Class, Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31
All Levels
Design, Lettering, Painting

Nothing could be more complementary to your work than a bright burst of genuine gold. Your page can make the leap to luminous with the re-discovery of medieval methods of gilding made slightly newer via modern technology and conveniences. Only nature-made and non-toxic materials will be used. Several methods of gilding, including three plaster-based mordants, will be presented along with their accompanying tools, techniques and materials. In addition to gold, other types of metal leaf will also be used and discussed to give you the broadest range of possibilities when thinking of applying metal leaf to paper. Part skill building, part laboratory, part creative exploration — and lots of good information — this class will provide you with what you need to get gilding!

Supply List

  • Notebook
  • Pencil
  • 4H (hard) pencil
  • Soft eraser
  • 18″ metal ruler
  • Brause nibs in a variety of sizes
  • One or two pen holders
  • One or two tubes of gouache or watercolor
  • 2 watercolor brushes size 0 and 00 (synthetic is preferred)
  • Small palette
  • Small water jar
  • Rags or paper towels
  • One sheet Arches 90 lb hot press watercolor paper, or similar
  • Burnisher, if you have one
  • Small (4″) mortar and pestle
  • Small scissors
  • Pointed tweezers

Supply fee: $10 will cover the gold and other foils; gums, glues, and other mordant ingredients; lidded containers, pipettes, stirrers, glassine, and tracing paper

Judy Detrick is an instructor of Friends of Calligraphy’s popular Fort Mason series of classes, and she teaches at other locations in the Bay Area and northern California. Her work is well represented in the Harrison Calligraphy Collection at the San Francisco Public Library. Judy’s work can be viewed on her website: www.judydetrick.com.

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