Surface Gilding Techniques Workshop with David Kynaston, Studio Elm Paint Jam & Wall Collaboration
Last month was my first Sign Painting trip of 2018, this time to Berlin, with my boys Jake Tyler and Chris of Toucan Signs. The main reason we made the journey was to take part in David Kynaston’s Surface Gilding Workshop, facilitated by Better Letters and taking place at Scriptorium tattoo studio, ran by Adam (aka Theosone). Most people I told this to seemed baffled at the idea of us travelling all the way to Germany to get taught gilding by a Welshman, but as it often is with the Letterheads and various events, it seems a very good excuse to pack some bags and explore a new city, and meet more of the overseas sign painting community.
David’s workshop was three days of learning the basics of surface gilding. With an intimate group of 8 other painters, we listened for positive squeaks, and picked up all the golden tricks and tips from davids 30 years in the trade, putting these into practice and taking them to the next level with some simple and incredibly clever burnishing techniques. David also demonstrated some of his roman lettering and copperplate techniques. This was of a particular interest to me as I frequently use styles derived from Roman lettering in my work. David lent me a few of his his own roman and copperplate lettering brushes during the workshop, which was a total revelation, and I’m pleased to say I’ve used them on most jobs since purchasing a set of my own from him at the workshop (complete with custom sign written box, and sticking plaster in case I cut myself on my sharp serifs!)