Hello and welcome to my website. Thank you for taking time to look at my hand painted and gold leaf letters and words. Everything you see on this website is handmade by me using traditional sign painting and gilding materials and techniques. What you will see is merely a selection of what's possible: there are literally no limits on styles, colours and designs so if you have something very bespoke in mind please do get in touch. My items are perfect for lovers of typography, lettering and of course traditional sign painting and gilding. They are a perfect way to celebrate the beauty of hand painted lettering.
What is gilding?
All my hand painted lettering and typography starts out life as a clear piece of glass, some enamel paint and beautiful gold leaf. I use traditional sign writing techniques and materials to create timeless lettering. The process for creating the finished lettering is as follows:
Firstly, the outline of the letter is painted onto the rear of the glass. Next, any background or other colours are added. Finally, the exciting part, the application of the gold leaf. This can take the form of water gilding, which gives a mirror-like finish, or oil gilding which creates a matte effect. Both are beautiful and can of course be used together. Finally, the whole thing is 'backed up' to protect it before being framed.
What makes my pieces so special? Well, quite simply it's that each one is individually designed and hand painted and gilded to your precise requirements. I am also able to utilise any letter form or font style you like and can adapt my methods to your precise needs. And each piece is guaranteed to retain it's pristine beauty for decades. And I only use the finest quality genuine gold and copper leaf, no imitation leaf, foil or other substitutes.
Traditional methods, modern aesthetic
Everything I do has been passed on from one generation of gilder to the next and the materials have not changed in centuries! We still use squirrel hair gilders tips for handing the gold leaf. I do, however, try to bring a clean and contemporary aesthetic to my gilded letters and also enjoy utilising other types of metal leaf such as copper and zinc.
Want something made to your exact specification? Have a letter style you'd like painted or gilded? If so please use the contact form to get in touch and I'll look forward to working with you to meet your specific needs.