Harvest Crittenden, Instructor

Gilded initials are perfect for use on the most formal corporate piece to the most informal gifts! Frame them, use them on a fancy certificate.

Just want to use gold leaf? Apply the gilding techniques to other art pieces like the centers of your flowers or filigrees.


Harvest provides us with multiple capital alphabet exemplars to choose from and then guides us through adding embellishments and designs to create a unique piece of art.

We'll learn step-by-step painting techniques to build depth then step-by-step gilding techniques for creating smoothly pillowed golden effects using Instacol and real leaf gold.

Illuminated Initials

Live online course
with video replay

Watch recordings
Oct. 3 - Dec. 17, 2023

Zoom: October 3, 10, 13 & 17
1:00 pm New York Time

10 hours total:
2.5 hours per session with Q & A

Join live and/or just watch the recordings

All students may join live or just watch the recordings (or both!) as it suits your schedule. We understand that life happens, and the best laid plans...



These are just a few of the things that will be covered in the class... 


  • An all-new design with acanthus leaves incorporated in the initial
  • Gilding techniques¬†with Instacoll to create smooth, pillowy effect with gold
  • Multiple capital alphabet designs and how to embellish them
  • Painting techniques for depth

CLICK HERE for the Acorn Arts Amazon shop for the supplies for this class.

How our classes work

  • The class is a live Zoom class that will run for 2 hours with time for Q & A, per session
  • Each session is recorded and available to watch for a full 6 weeks
  • You will be able to see a close view of the instructor's paper

About Harvest

Master Penman Harvest Crittenden has been a professional lettering artist for more than 30 years. Past owner of The Gold Leaf and founder of Acorn Arts, Harvest specializes in pointed pen calligraphy and illumination. She has studied illumination and lettering in the United States and Italy and has served on the faculties of numerous regional, national and international conferences. Harvest began teaching online classes in 2010 and now offers a variety of classes with international instructors.

In 2010 Harvest was inducted as a Master Penman by IAMPETH at their annual convention. 

 Her work can be seen in museums, galleries and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She has been published in numerous publications.