Dan Mooney: Gilding Workshop

The gilded letter 'C' from Dan Mooney's workshop

The gilded letter ‘C’ from Dan Mooney’s workshop

TCG 2-day Workshop Weekend:
September 26 and 27, 2015, 8am – 5pm

Dan Mooney of Boston will be coming to teach us a workshop on the illuminated and decorated letter. Dan is well known for his gold work and tooling of gold. Visit his website to see some of his beautiful illumination artwork, at www.scribedan.com.
Dan Mooney resides in Quincy, Massachusetts; where he practices his passion as a calligrapher, cartographer and lettering artist.

Gilding Workshop:

Note: see below for Workshop Supply List
Playing with 24K gold… It doesn’t get any better than this!
This 2-day workshop will focus on some fun, hands-on, small projects and one finished piece to get you familiar with the joy of using gold leaf. You will have no more fear or uncertainties of how to use gold leaf effectively. You will walk away from this workshop with confidence and foolproof tips under your belt to always be ready to add a sparkle to your work.

You will have a blast creating a finished piece using instacoll as a base for raised gilding and tressor size as a base for flat gilding. After you’ve applied the gold leaf, you will learn to tool the gold to enhance it. After the gold is applied, Dan will also touch on some basic watercolor techniques to use on the finished piece you’ll be creating.

You will watch Dan demonstrate the technique of using handmade gesso as a base for raised gilding, polishing the gesso, and then polishing the 24K gold leaf to achieve a mirror finish.

Dan has been playing with pens and gold for over 40 years and had a 2 month long, one man show at the Boston World Trade Center, Fidelity Art Space. Dan was also commissioned by the Boston Tea Party Museum for a custom designed 1773 map of Boston loaded with gold. Dan created a collection of re-created antique maps of Boston, Cape Cod and the Islands in full color and 24K gold that are currently on exhibit in the Chart Room of the Boston Harbor Distillery. Dan is also calligrapher and letter artist for Gilded Age Greetings with Rosemary Buczek. Dan’s list of clients include The Coca-Cola Company, MIT (Sloan Award), Harvard Medical School, Mass General Hospital, Wisconsin School of Medicine, NY Psychotherapy Assoc., Teledyne, Simmons College, Future Affairs Productions and many others.

Dan lives in Harwich Port, Cape Cod, Massachusetts and is currently Co-President of Masscribes, Inc. (New England Calligrapher’s Guild) and past President of Colonial Calli-Graphics, L.L.C. Dan’s work has been published in Letter Arts Review, Bound and Lettered, as well as a colorful published work entitled, “Your God” which was included in the beautiful coffee table book, “Nice Rendition: Cheryl Wheeler’s Lyrics in Calligraphy.”

Dan’s website:scribedan.com

Other details:

The cost for this weekend will be $100 for TCG members. For non-members, the cost will be $180 which will include the $30 for membership fee to the guild.
The workshop will held at:
La Quinta Inn in Cary, at 191 Crescent Commons, Cary, NC 27518

To sign up for the workshop, contact us at: info@trianglecalligraphersguild.com

Here is the Supply List from Dan Mooney:

(no substitutions)
Numbers are from John Neals’ website.

(S892) Instacoll Gold Size in 2oz. Nalgene dropper bottle
(S473) Tressers gold size (pink stuff) 2 oz.
(M17) Pigma micron marker size 005 or 01 – or similar pen
(S613) Triangle (or straight edge)
(S478) Ball burnisher-stylus with 2 tips (sharp and ball)
(BR48) Princeton monogram brush
(S620) Clear dappen dish
(PS82) Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper hot pressed 140# cut into one 8×10 and three-5×7 before class
(I38) Dr. Martin’s Bleed Proof White Ink

Misc. that you probably already have:

An assortment of watercolors (green, blue, red, yellow)
Light box or autograph pad with an extension cord
A light, not necessary, but you will be glad you have it, (I use the compact portable lamp from John Neal)
Pencil or mechanical lead holder
Paper towels
Some Q-tips or blending sticks/stumps for smudging pencil
Water jars
Distilled water and eyedropper (critical)
Toothpicks (for stirring instacoll)
White eraser
Watercolor brush (size 0) – my favorite is Kolinsky 8408 extra point (BR47)
Drafting tape or drafting dots (removable tape)