Art textiles

Metallic media for textiles with Jo Mabbutt

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About this course

Explore metallic art media including real metal leaf, metallic powders and metallic transfer foil on various textile, paper and plastic surfaces. Experiment with layering and distressing to produce dramatic results for embellishment.

Course Description

This course will introduce a range of metallic media including real metal leaf, metallic powders and metallic transfer foil suitable for application onto a variety of textiles and associated surfaces - including Lutradur, Tyvek, handmade papers, plastics.

You will learn how to use different adhesives to attach the metallic media and there will be the opportunity to explore a variety of techniques to colour and texture the metallic surfaces resulting in more intriguing textures. Experimental use of layering and distressing will produce a wide collection of samples and starting points for further embellishment.

Materials and techniques covered include gilding with real metal leaf, metallic powders and metallic transfer foil using their respective carriers and adhesives; colouring with alcohol dyes and heat; various distressing techniques using patinators and waxes. There will be encouragement to experiment on many different surfaces.

Discussion and demonstrations will begin each session and you will then be able to sample, develop and combine techniques to produce a variety of dramatic metallic effects.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Spray mount, cling film and solvents*

What students need to bring

  • Apron
  • Variety of paint brushes
  • Selection of plain fabrics - calico, muslin, cotton, velvet, hessian, scrim etc - light and dark colours
  • Selection of pliable textures - plastic fruit bag, lace, sequin waste etc
  • Cellophane / plastic / baking parchment
  • Small selection of non-woven textiles - Vilene, Tyvek, Lutradur, and some bondaweb
  • Scissors
  • Heat gun (if you have one)
  • Acrylic paints - tube, fluid or inks and a paint palette with a small palette knife
  • Selection of handmade papers and brown paper
  • Any items on the lists below which you may have

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Selection of natural plain fabrics - calico, cotton lawn, muslin etc
  • Selection of paint brushes and stencil brushes
  • Selection of handmade papers
  • Acrylic gesso
  • Acrylic texture gels and pastes
  • Acrylic paints - tube/fluid/inks
  • Real metal leaf - loose and transfer
  • Repositionable spray adhesive
  • Paint palettes and palette knives
  • Available from tutor:
  • The tutor will also have a list of materials available for purchase if needed; these include
  • Appliglue, Acrylic size, Textile adhesive
  • Metallic transfer foil
  • Zig 2 way glue pens, PVA
  • Metallic powders
  • Real metal leaf - transfer and loose
  • Acrylic texture gels and pastes and Acrylic gesso
  • Patinators
  • Markal Paintsticks
  • Kozu
  • Alcohol inks
  • Gilt wax, Furniture wax, Liming wax, Acrylic wax, Acrylic varnish
  • Brown paper
  • Stencils

*White spirit and meths are used on this course, please advise us in advance if you have sensitivity to these substances.


Jo Mabbutt

Jo's initial training was in wood graining, marbling, gilding and specialist paint finishes at Guildford College. She also gained a Cert. Ed. and taught in FE for 8 years. She up-skilled at Central St Martins and now balances being a designer/maker with teaching workshops and lecturing all over the country


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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