What is the course about?
If you're new to gold tooling, this structured course will give you the opportunity to develop a practical grounding in the processes and techniques specific to tooling with gold leaf on paper (using BS Glaire), which in turn will open up the creative potential of the medium. If you have experience in gold tooling, this course is a good opportunity to build on and consolidate your knowledge and techniques, to explore in more depth the mediums potential on paper - as opposed to leather. You will also be shown various gold tooled paper bindings and how to approach gold tooling a paper covered book, to demonstrate how the medium is brought to life when it is applied to a three-dimensional object.
What will we cover?
Beginners: learning about the tools and equipment, terminology of the medium, basis gold tooling skills such as
handling gold leaf, preparation of the paper, care and correct use of a finishing tool and acquiring a good solid
impression. Please note that this course will not cover lettering and all gold tooling will be taught and then practised
on a series of paper-covered sample boards.
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...
As a beginner:
- Handle gold leaf
- Describe a process using the correct terminology
- Tool with gold leaf on paper
- As an Intermediate/advanced student:
- Achieve a high level of design and craftsmanship
- Be confident in the practice of tooling with gold leaf on paper
- Transform a design into an image tooled in gold leaf on paper.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
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
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?
- 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)
- A 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.)
- Any paper you’d like to gold tool on, ranging from 60-250gsm, it can be laid, wove,
European or Japanese paper.
- You will also be asked to make some paper-covered sample boards before the class and bring them 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 course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Your tutor will be able to advise you on further bookbinding courses at City Lit such as VD194, VD203 & VD204.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details