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The Art of Illumination with Toni Watts

June 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am - June 5, 2021 @ 4:30 pm


This is a repeat of the 2 day workshop with Toni in 2020, to accommodate those who could not get a place on the course, first time round. It is full again, but you can add your name to the reserve list.

During this two day workshop we will explore a variety of ways of adding gold leaf to a design, using both simple and more challenging techniques. Starting with the application of gold leaf flat to the page using a variety of traditional and modern gilding sizes, we will progress to reconstituting and laying manuscript gesso, gilding with loose leaf gold and burnishing to a high shine. Participants can expect to produce a reference page of gilding trials, discovering which method works best to give a particular effect, plus one or two small finished illuminated designs. 

This is a two day workshop. June, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th 2021 @10.00am – 4.30pm

Cost: £ 80 non members

          £ 70 members

Please, email Nicola Dunn to register your interest –

There will be a choice of images to trace or copy, but creativity is welcomed. If designing something specific for the workshop please don’t be too ambitious – nothing larger that A6, please, and remember that manuscript gesso takes some time to dry if applied in large areas! 


The Art of Illumination with Toni Watts


June 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am
June 5, 2021 @ 4:30 pm
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South London Lettering Association


St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury Way
London, WC1A 2SA United Kingdom
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