Continuing on from the gilding pictures, here's the stage I'm up to now. I've done the skinny straight lines topped with white, done all the coloured bits in the border area, done the initial. What's left to do? The great big hole in the middle! ...and last of all will be the 'telephone scribble' finishing off the border. My deadline is in 1 week - fingers crossed I manage it!
Oh, and I ended up just painting straight on to the gold leaf for the heraldic shield after all - no extra step involved. I just painted over and over until the paint held it's shape. Takes a bit of perseverence but it basically works.
Here are a couple of pics: click on 'em to see an enlarged view.