Illuminated letter

Sunday 15 October 2017


The course

Enjoy making your own decorated and gilded capital letter, which can be used to enhance your calligraphy or to create a vibrant decorative letter, using line, colour and gold (the “real” stuff or gold gouache). You will be very busy on the day and you may wish to research an idea and bring your own exciting letter design to the workshop or perhaps select from the designed resources that will be provided. Further letters can be drawn with a pencil or created with a pen and illuminated and painted.

The tutor

Jan Mehigan

first studied calligraphy and Illumination during a five year course at Art College. She is a Fellow of both the Society of Scribes and Illuminators (SSI) and The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS).

She has BA(Hons) in Education and in 2014 gained the Diploma of the Society of Botanical Art (DipSBA).  She has taught Drawing and Watercolour Painting and Calligraphy in Adult Education for over 28 years and tutored day, weekend and week workshops for various organisations during that time, including the Society of all Artists (SAA). She has written several calligraphy books, some co-authored with Mary Noble, and contributed to other books and publications. Jan’s work has been in many calligraphic exhibitions and she has demonstrated at Art in Action.

Materials to bring

2H and HB pencil
A small selection of Watercolour and gouache paints
Two brushes with good points – No. 2 and either a 00 (or perhaps a 000).
An old paint brush for mixing paint would be useful.
A cheap black technical pen such as an Edding, Uni pin or similar ( optional)
Two water pots (yogurt pots work well) and kitchen towel for wiping brushes
A mixing palette or white plate


£60 per person, this includes tuition, morning coffee and afternoon tea. Course fee includes one sheet of gold foil, if you require more there will be a fee of £2 per sheet.

You can bring your own packed lunch or the café will be open at lunchtime.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.



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