As mentioned in a previous post, I have dragged out some old tools and materials and started gilding again. In
my previous life as a bookbinder, I bought a very old gilder’s cushion that actually sits on top of a drawer. I have not seen this anywhere else; it seems a well spent USD30. Supposedly, a bookbinder needed one and made it himself.
I ordered some gesso and a burnisher from an online calligraphy shop but had everything else. It is a good thing, that gold will keep for decades :) (not so with silver leaf or other metals, obviously. You get some amazing cool metal foils and leaves. Problem is that you need to seal them to prevent corrosion.).
So. I sketched out a Romanesque D, outlined it with a Faber-Castell Pitt dark sepia, as Indian black gets a little too harsh. I am just posting images of the process without comments on how. If you have questions, feel free to use the comment field. Questions like “are you insane?” are also entirely valid.