What is the course about?
Learn how to transform a drawing into a gold tooled image on a paper-covered book. The focus of this course will be on individual projects and using simple, shaped hand finishing tools. With experience in gold tooling, this course is a good opportunity to build on and consolidate your knowledge and techniques and to explore in more depth the potential of the medium. You will explore the creative possibilities of gold-tooled images on paper whilst focussing on ideas and technique in parallel.
What will we cover?
Build on your existing skills which will vary from person to person. The course will be structured so that you will be able to work on your own ideas with regular individual/group discussions.
You will be shown a range of gold tooled paper bindings and we will discuss how to approach gold tooling a paper covered book. Depending on your ideas and the structure of your book, we will discuss the best ways to put into context the creative visual possibilities of the medium.
Intermediate and advanced: Build on your existing skills which will vary from person to person. Although the course
will be structured, you will be able to work on your own ideas with regular individual discussions. Please note that
this course will not cover lettering.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Progress to a higher level of design and craftsmanship.
- Be confident in the practice of tooling with gold leaf on paper.
- Transform a design into an image tooled with gold leaf on a paper binding.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Foundation skills in gold tooling will be refreshed, making this course suitable for anyone that has done one or more courses on gold tooling on paper. Please note: if you’ve gold tooled before, but not with Tracey, you may be learning a different technique. However, it won’t take you long to learn, as you’ll be building on what you already know.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for
health and safety information, you will also be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use
numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations. Please look at the rest of the course outline
carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a practical course and will be taught by demonstration, both group and individual and by group discussion. Teaching will be accompanied by hand-outs and a short bibliography on the subject.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
- You will need to bring a paper-covered book with you. It could be a full paper-covered book with or without the use of adhesive.
- Hand finishing tools (only if you have any)
- Gold cushion (only if you have one)
- Gold knife (only if you have one)
- Japanese screw punch (only if you have one)
- Ramer shower sponge, e.g. Boots the Chemist (To be used as a cooling pad) - A saucer (on which to keep your sponge)
- Size 000 sable brush (make sure it's a good quality brush that holds its point)
- A small bulldog clip
- Staedtler eraser
- 2B pencil.
- A book of loose gold leaf, single thickness approximately 23.5 carat
(e.g. Stuart Stevenson, Website: www.stuartstevenson.co.uk)
- 2 soft white woven cotton dish cloths
- Your usual kit of small tools (i.e. pencil, pair of dividers, ruler, scalpel, apron etc.)
- You will also be asked to make a paper-covered sample boards before the class and bring it with you.
Please note that full instructions for this will be sent to enrolled students in good time.
In addition to the list above, you should also expect to spend up to £20 to provide yourself with materials during the
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Bookbinding - long and higher courses
VD190 City Lit bookbinding course
VD322 City Lit bookbinding Intermediate
VD197 and VD198 City Lit bookbinding Intermediate and higher
Bookbinding short courses
VD410 beginning miniature binding
VD251 Working with leather: decorative techniques
VD276 Boxes for prints
VD285 Crossed-structure and criss-cross bindings.