This course is a brand-new course from the Carters Steam Fair team and is a unique opportunity to learn about the diversity of gilding skills used in traditional fairground art and restoration. These skills are usually passed down through the generations with apprenticeships, but our comprehensive introductory course gives you an overview of the skills and techniques involved. Once learnt, these traditional skills can be applied in many situations, including traditional signwriting, restoration projects and fancy upcycling.
This one-day course will feature a mix of live demonstrations and plenty of opportunities to get ‘hands-on’ and try techniques under expert guidance from Aaron.
You will be shown how to gild flat and three-dimensional objects and will learn other traditional techniques used to create special effects including:
- Oil gilding (water gilding will not be taught)
- Loose leafing and transfer leafing using 1-hour gold size
- Aluminium leaf demonstration
- The basics of glass gilding
- Velvet burnishing effects
- Using flamboyant paint to create special effects and add style
Hosted by our in-house fairground artist Aaron Stephens, this one-day course gives a comprehensive introduction to the gilding techniques used at Carters Steam Fair to restore our rides, attractions and vehicles back to their former glory. Having completed an apprenticeship with Joby Carter on fairground art and signwriting, Aaron has further developed his skills in the area of gilding and reverse glass gilding and is highly skilled at the traditional art of brilliant cut glass. The course is held at Carters Yard, a live working restoration yard and home to Joby Carters Signwriting courses.
The course includes a gold leaf supplies kit per person which includes:
- One booklet of Standard Loose Leaf
- One booklet of Standard Transfer Leaf
- A Standard Gilders Cushion with Acrylic Windshield and Hand-strap
- A Carbon Steel Gilders Knife (Large, Single-Edged Blade)
- A Medium Gilders Tip (3.5" Width, Pure Squirrel Hair)
- A Kölner Synthetic Brush for Applying Size (20mm Width)
- A Kölner Fine Hair Gilders Mop (No. 6 Size)
- A bottle of Le Franc 1hr Oil Gold Size (75ml)
You will then be able to take the remainder home after. During the course you will gild some rope moulding and a board with lettering, both of which you can take home at the end of the course.Find out more Book now
This course is ideal for someone that would like to see if they have what it takes to consider a career as a traditional signwriter and would like to try their skills before committing to further study and professional development. It’s also ideal for those working in the creative industries who have an interest in letterform and typography who miss being ‘hands-on’ with design and want to reconnect and refresh their traditional creative skills.
Hosted by professional signwriter and industry expert Joby Carter, you’ll have an introduction to the essential techniques including:
- handling a paint brush
- brushwork techniques
- using a mahl
- visualising and layout without a computer
Whilst you can’t fully learn how to signwrite in a day, through a mixture of demonstrations and one to one feedback he will ensure that you leave with your own piece of artwork that you have drawn and painted and the confidence to progress in this field if you are interested in learning more.Find out more Book now