Gilded letter workshop (including materials kit)



Enjoy learning the skills of applying gold leaf with exquisite effect and painting with gouache using a fine brush to create your own illuminated initial.

You'll be carefully guided through the process of tracing down, gilding, decorating and detailing to produce a beautifully finished handmade letter.

We will be working on letters from a Renaissance alphabet known as White Vine.

Suitable for all levels of ability.

The workshop will be live online via Zoom in two 2-hour sessions with an hour's lunch break.
• The morning runs from 10am to noon
• The afternoon runs from 1pm to 3pm
• A further 30-minute session for questions and sharing will round off the day

As the materials and tools for this project are specialist and varied, a kit containing pre-cut paper, tracedown, gold size, gold leaf, gouache, brushes, plus other items you'll need will be supplied. UK postage is included, overseas will incur extra. A full list of materials is given below.

The kits will be sent out about 10 days before the workshop.

[The workshop only, without materials kit, is also available on Craft Courses]

This course requires you to download the free Zoom app. A link to join the class will be sent near the date.

Video recordings of the sessions will be made available to download for a limited time.

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

1 x sheet of Saunders Waterford HP 300gsm watercolour paper, 200mm x 140mm
1 x piece of practice paper for painting, Fabriano Accademia 200gsm
1 x sheet of tracedown paper using Armenian Bole, A6
A set of sealed cups containing:

- 3ml of Ormoline gold size

- 5 Gouache colours (blue, red, green, gold, white)
1 x Half sheet of Transfer Gold Leaf, medium tack, 23.75 carat
1 x Fine brush, Jackson’s Studio Synthetic 505, size 0
1 x Mixing brush, Da Vinci Junior Synthetic, size 3
1 x Derwent Graphik Line Maker, waterproof fineliner, sepia, 0.3mm
1 x Pipette
Letter Outlines (any 3 initials)
Instruction Sheet
Box and postage

What you will need

Other materials you'll need in addition:
Pencils, 2H & 4H, sharpened
Masking tape, low tack if possible
Clean, sharp scissors
Soft mop brush (an inexpensive makeup brush would be fine)
Jar of water for washing brushes
Distilled water (preferred) for mixing paint
Washing up liquid, a few drops
Kitchen towel
Paint palette or saucer


Julie Chaney at Julie Chaney

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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


5½ hours (10:00am to 3:30pm)

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