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About Toni Watts Illumination

Toni is the manuscript illuminator at Lincoln Cathedral and is one of the few professional illuminators in the UK. She specialises in the creation of illuminated pages and letters using 24 carat gold and pigments. Natural pigments are painstakingly ground by hand to colour traditional manuscripts whilst modern watercolours add vibrancy to contemporary work. Commissions welcomed.

Further Info

Specialised in
Gilding on vellum and paper using traditional and modern mordants, making and using manuscript gesso, extracting pigments from natural sources, egg tempera painting.
Open to the Public?
Yes, by appointment only
Provides Course / Training
Available for Craft Fairs
Not available


5 Dycote Lane

The Mary Garden

The central image shows the cloisters in Lincoln Cathedral (otherwise known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln). The grassed area used to be a garden with flowers whose names related to the Virgin Mary: marigold was once, for example, known as Mary’s Gold. Those flowers appear in the border, surrounded by highly burnished 24 carat gold on gesso. Sold.