Gel Nail Courses

Gel Nail Courses
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Nail Trainer Option

Your Professional Accredited Qualification
Equivalent to a 10 day Course
No time limits
Payment plan available
Unlimited Student Support
Option of Full or Conversion
All tools and products included

Gel Nails are the current talk of the town and are the second generation of nail enhancements after acrylics that have taken the nail industry by storm. They are easier to create and apply compared to acrylic nails, making them a perfect choice for budding nail technicians.

Gel nails are known to be odour free and chip resistant compared to a normal manicure making them a big hit amongst clients. They also blend in and mould seamlessly with natural nails, regardless of the shape and length of the nail, making the gel course an ideal one for beginners with no experience at all.

Course Options:

  • Gel Full Course - Includes the Nail Trainer®.
  • Gel Conversion Course - Does not include the Nail Trainer®.

You can be a beginner wanting to get a grasp of this currently popular nail enhancement or you could be a practising nail technician wanting to keep up with the latest trends in the beauty industry? This Gel Extension course will benefit you in every way.

This is an independent learning, flexible at-home course that fits around your lifestyle and schedule. It's convenient and condensed into a DVD which you can pause, rewind and repeat at your discretion. No college commitments, commute or expensive fees - simple one-to-one, private tutoring at the comfort of your home. Especially designed for aspiring nail technicians, no previous experience or qualification is needed to complete this course.

• This Gel Nail Course is a comprehensive training course.

• It contains everything you need to become a Qualified Gel Nail Technician

• You watch your lessons on the DVD with Gina as your Personal tutor.

• You will be provided with The Nail Trainer practice hand to create your gel nail extensions and to simulate the experience of providing the service to clients in a salon.

On completing your Gel nail course:

• You send your finished nails to us for assessment.

• If you have reached the required pass mark we then issue you with your Nail Technician Certification.

*The Qualification/Certification that you receive is issued by the Essential Nails Institute and is nationally recognised within the nail industry. What this means is that you will be able to gain your professional indemnity insurance with our certificate. This insurance will cover you to work from home, mobile or in a salon.

Gel Nails (Extensions) Course Syllabus.
Essential Nails is the only distance learning provider that requires students to submit finished nails for assessment and certification. Thus ensuring that a holder of a EN certificate has proved competency in producing nails to a high standard.

The course is split onto three parts; Foundation, Essential Techniques and Working the Whole Hand.

Part 1, Foundation;

You watch the video, read sections of the manuals, answer the question papers and where appropriate, practice on the Nail Trainer.


By the end of this section you will be able to;
Understand why clients want nail enhancements, and their advantages.
Identify the different nail systems and their advantages and disadvantages.
Understand the basics of being a Nail Technician.
Understand the advantages of learning from home and the route to getting qualified as a Nail Technician.

Getting ready to learn.

At the end of this section you will have learnt all about the following subjects;
The contents of the kit of tools and products, what they are and what they do, specifically;
Gels. Cotton pads. Cuticle massage oil. Nail Adhesive. Nail Polishes. Top coat. Extension Tips. Nail sanitizer. Primer. Kitchen towels. Extender nozzles. Buffers. Kolinsky Sable brush. Cuticle pusher. Manicure brush. Files. Nail clippers. Dappen dish.

The Nail Trainer, time management and practice regime.

The outcome of this section will be that you'll understand how the Nail Trainer works and how its vital to learn and practice in a logical and consistent manner.

Salon Skills.

At the end of this section you will understand;
How you create a professional attitude, personal appearance and surroundings.
Why your appearance is important.
What qualities make a professional nail technician.
About good personal hygiene.
How prepare for and greet the client.
About good manners, courtesy and communication.
About how to deal correctly with colleagues.
About ethics in the work place.
About retail sales.

Chemicals - hazards and safety procedures.

In this chapter you will learn all about the chemicals used in the Nail Salon.
At the conclusion you will understand fully;
About the safe use of nails tools, specifically the file, buffers, sensitisation, electric files, UV lamps, tip removers, primers, acetone, gel prep, wipe off, gels, acrylic liquids, accelerators, tip glues, acrylic powders.
About the safe storage, use and disposal of nail products and chemicals.
The risks of exposure to chemicals, both for you and your client.
The health hazards of dust and vapour through ingestion, inhalation, and absorption.
The basic chemical reactions that occur in the different nail systems; acrylic, gels and fibreglass.

Health and safety procedures.

At the end of this section the learner will know about;
Disease and bacteria.
Infection, why it happens and how to avoid it.
The differences between Sanitation, Disinfection and Sterilisation.
How to handle nail tools to eliminate cross contamination.

The parts of a nail.

Following completion of this section the learner will understand;
The names for different parts of the nail, how the nail grows and the different nail shapes.
About common nail diseases, how to recognise them and what to do about them.
About common nail diseases, those that can be dealt with by a Nail Technician and those that cannot.

Pre-service rules.

At the conclusion of this section the learner will understand how to work through the pre-service check list before offering a service to the client.

Part 2 - Essential Techniques

In Part 2, you work through the practical aspects of learning nails. Working on the Nail Trainer practice had you are lead through a number of learning and practice lessons to build your hand-eye co-ordination, improve and speed up your technique and gain confidence.

Basic techniques - filing. In this section the learner will learn how to hold the file correctly, to minimise repetitive stress disorder and maximise filing accuracy and efficiency.
The correct techniques are demonstrated and a practice regime suggested.
At the conclusion of this section, the student will be able to file accurately, shaping a nail with perfect symmetry and even pressure using pre-determined file grips and finger positions.

The Gel overlay - 6 steps to perfect Gels.
The learner works on the Nail Trainer creating the extensions on the nails and saving them on special 'progress cards' at each step of the nail build.

Step 1 and 2. After working through this section the learner will have learnt about and had practical experience of;
Selecting the correct tools and products for the task.
Removing any old polish.
Preparing the natural nail to take the product.
The speed required to complete the task in a salon.
Preparing at least 10 nails, which are saved for assessment.

Step 3. Tipping. After working through this section the learner will have learnt about and had practical experience of; How to select the correct tools and products for the task.
Choosing the correct sized tip.
Shaping the free edge.
Sizeing the width of tip
Cleaning the tip's well.
Applying glue to tip.
Judging the correct amount of glue.
Placing the tip on the nail - the correct angle.
How to minimise air pockets.
Gluing times.
Cutting the tip.
Streamlining the left edge of the tip.
Streamlining the right edge of the tip.
Shaping the free edge.
Thinning the free edge of the tip.
Blending the seam left, centre and right seam.
After watching and practicing these techniques slowly the student is shown the techniques at salon speed, and having followed the suggested practice regime will have tipped, blended and saved for assessment at least 8 nails.

Step 4 applying the Gel. After working through this section the learner will have learnt about and had practical experience of; How to select the correct tools and products for the task.
Dehydrating and Sanitising.
The correct way of holding your brush.
Application of the bonding layer.
The effects of Acetone.
UV light boxes. Power and curing times.
Curing the bonding layer.
Application and curing of the building layer
Creating the correct shape.
Curing the building layer.
Removing the sticky residue following curing.
After watching and practicing these techniques slowly the student is shown the techniques at salon speed, and having followed the suggested practice regime will have applied Gel to, and saved for assessment, at least 6 nails.

Step 5. Finishing. After working through this section the learner will have understood and had practical experience of;
How to select the correct tools and products for the task.
How to recognise the correct shape required.
When to file Gels to shape.
The final application Gel, curing and cleaning.
Streamlining the left and right edges of the nail.
Smoothing the top, middle / left and middle / right.
Care and cleaning of your Gel brush.
Buffing to a high shine.
Applying cuticle oil.
How to ask for payment.
After application sanitation.
After watching and practicing these techniques slowly the student is shown the techniques at salon speed, and having followed the suggested practice regime will have shaped, and saved for assessment, at least 4 Gel nails.

Step 6, polishing. To enhance and protect. After working through this section the learner will have understood and had practical experience of;
Ridge fillers and hardeners.
Nail polishes and applying the polish.
How to mix the polish.
Techniques for a shaky hand.
Top coats, and interlocking to avoid smudging.
Colour combinations and matching complexions.
After watching and practicing these techniques slowly the student is shown the polishing techniques at salon speed, and having followed the suggested practice regime will have applied polish to, and saved for assessment, at least 2 nails.

Part 3. Working the WHOLE HAND. Improving technique and speed. In this section the student starts practicing on 5 different nail shapes fitted to thumb and fingers. At the end of the section the student will have prepped, tipped, blended, applied Gel, shaped and polished at least 6 sets of nails, with a recommended practice regime of completing another 54.

Conclusion. How to submit your question papers and completed nails.
Your test results, ENP certification and route to further skills.

Gel Tip & Overlay Course Contents
• The Nail Trainer® Practice Hand*   • 9 Watt LED Lamp   • Unlimited telephone support   • Assessment and certification   • Re-assessment if you fail   • 240 page reference manual   • 2 hour teaching DVD   • 8 question papers   • 100ml Sanitiser   •  100 practice nails   • 100 x Cotton Wipes   • Nail Clippers   • 5 x Glue Nozzles   • 100 extension tips   • 15gm Builder Gel   • 15ml Nail Varnish   • 20ml Tip Adhesive   • File and buffer pack   • 10 x Workhorse towels   • Gel Brush   • Cuticle Pusher   • Manicure Brush   • 11ml Top Coat   • 15ml Cuticle oil   • 100ml Super Shine Wipe Off   • Progress cards

Passing the course, entitles you to automatic membership of 'Aspire', our club for qualified Nail Technicians. Aspire members enjoy 20% discount on Professional Nail Products, access to business help and special offers. See essentialnails.com/aspire for more information.

*Omitted in the conversion course.

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You pay a 25% deposit, and if approved for credit, the balance is split into 12 monthly payments. The Credit plan is run by Pay-It-Monthly, and is not currently available on-line, so please contact the office on 01 440 820 999 or click on the LiveChat button to apply. We'll send you an application email with a link to the application form. You'll receive a credit approval decision within 24 hours.

* We will carry out a simple credit check for the EasyPay 4 payment plan. The 12 month plan involves on-line, ID, credit and affordability checks.

** The first payment is taken from your card when your order is shipped. This is normally the same day or the next day.

*** Remaining payments are taken on the same day of the month. For example, if you placed your order on the 24th January, the remaining payments will be taken on the 24th Feb, March and April. Call the office on 01 440 820 999 if you would like different dates to be set up.

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Corinne , Inverness

Have just stared and is going really well order came a lot faster than they said. Great to just do it in your own time when you can as I am a full time mum and in full time work too.

Brilliant course

Lyndsey lancee , Haverhill

Great course! A great addition to add to my little business

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Julie Misters , mIdlands

This was the 2nd course I did from Essential Nails, I really enjoyed the course I had already mastered a lot of the basics like prep, and tipping, so was able to complete this course with no problems at all. The gel included in the kit was easy to work with and gave a lovely finish to the nails. I highly recommend anyone to give this course a go.

loving it!!!

Kristina , Wiltshire

I'm really loving this course. I already imagining designs I am going to create once I finish this course. I love working with gel. Never thought I will be so into learning something,but this course got me in to the mood of practicing lol I have been buffing and filing for days and still can't get enough of it :) Thank you very much EN team. xx


Aisha , crawley

enjoyed my spa maincures and pedicures course ...passed that and now doing nail art . Due to some health problems could not go to college but with this course i can do a couple of hour a week in my own time and practice to become better each time ...


Sally Holmes , Barnsley

Essential Nails are great cant knock them at all, I planned to go to college to do the nail courses but i ended up having my little boy 8 weeks prem so leaving him and going to college was not an option anymore so started through Essential Nails and I have just completed the acrylic course which only took me 3 weeks and now doing the gel course and i love it, I can fit doing courses round my home life as I have 4 children and the support and help is fantastic always someone their to help.

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Bibbi Lundström , Sweden

Thank you for everything, The course was easy to learn and the service was the best. //Nagelgallerian

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Donna , Aberdeen

Thank you to all at Essential Nails, great support and great at answering all my questions. This was the first course i did with essential nails. It took me about 3 weeks to do. I have passed now. The Gluing the tips on was the hardest part for me but with reassurance and lots of practice I got there in the end.

Brilliant course!

Kaylz , Scotland

This was my first course I had done, but before this I didn't have a clue where to start on nails. I have 3 young kids and these courses r excellent to fit in when I could! I got a credit pass and have taken out more courses but I wouldn't be what I am now if it wasn't for essential nails so thanks so much to use all for all help and support! X

Love It

kelly , Birmingham

I got my course not long ago and i love it the video is very good and so easy to follow i had no idea how to do nails before i got this and now i can prep blend shape ect. I will deffo be getting more nail course's from here :)


Joanne Stirk , Leeds

I have been looking for nail courses to fit in between school times as I have two young children. All the classroom courses I looked into ran over these times, so was impossible for me to attend. Then thank goodness I found essential nails on the internet and ordered their gel nails course. Delivery was fast and the customer service and support absolutely brilliant. The course is easy to understand, it's great. Without the EN course I wouldn't have been able to learn nails. So thank you Essential Nails.

Thank you

Lucy Hancock , Dorset

Once I've completed my Gel course I will hopefully go on to do the acrylic tip and overlay course. (and probably all the others too!!) I really admire your customer care at EN, I often look at your facebook page which is full of fantastic advice and support. Thankyou very much Lucy

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Alison Elston , London

Hi guys, I have just ordered the Gel Nail Course kit and I am so excited to start learning. I had a very plesant experience on the telephone speaking with on of the customer advisors, who arranged a payment plan for me - which is very convenient! I cannot wait to start learning at home..Everybody seems very nice at Essential Nails and everyone is very keen to help..I am looking forward to ordering more products from you in the future when I have completed this one..The Nail Art one seems to be the one I am going to take up next! Lets see how this one goes first. Many thanks for all your help. Alison x

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Michelle Gardner , Wiltshire

Hi Guys, I just wanted to let you know that I have already voted for you in the 3 categories you are short listed for: • Best Customer Service • Best Supplier Specific Training • Best Nail Company I sincerely hope everyone else takes the time to do this as well as I think you and the whole team are absolutely excellent. I look forward to hearing the results and wish you all the luck in the world. Whatever happens you are my number one always !!! Thanks for the great Customer Service, Excellent training and support and generally being the best nail company I have ever dealt with. Kind regards to you all, Michelle Gardner

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Bev Richards , London

The Gel Course is a must (first course) if you are interested in nails. The DVD and book was very very useful also having Sarah to speak to when I needed to was great. My daughter no longer has to visit the nails shop because I happily do them for her and her friends. I am so glad I choose this course and have since completed Nail Art and am now on Fibreglass. Thank you Essential Nails

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mary Kendell , Germany

This was a Brilliant first Course, The step by step DVD was very insightful and luckily for me i have been able to answer all questions asked of me by clients. The book is Brilliant and goes in to great detail and as always the tutors were at the other end of the phone should i need them. It took me a while to get used to Gel as my background was acrylic but this system seems to be what the client wants. The maintenance course was an excellent addition and a must have for any nail tech. i defiantly recommend buying them together as it is better value for money.

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Kim Lochlin , Crawley, West Sussex

I have recently passed my gel course with Essential Nails with a Credit ;o) I had trained in gel nail extensions but this was about 10 years ago. So after deciding this is all that i want to do, i decided to get retrained. The book that comes with a course was a must read for me, it gave so much information along side the DVD, which showed techniques in great detail. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to train in gel extensions. I was able to do this course at my own pace. On average i put about 6-8 hours in per week and i think it had taken about 3 months to complete. I now have the confidence to do nails again. Support staff at Essential Nails are the best your going to get, they are always at the other end of the telephone no matter had big or small your question is. Would highly recommend

From Delivery to Course 100% happy.

Donna Wild , Kinghorn, Fife, Scotland

Ordered the gel course on line and received it 2days later. The course is fantastic and you can go as fast or as slow as you like. If you get stuck and need help there is help either on there phoneline for students or on there Facebook page where Sarah is happy to answer or all off the very helpful students. The dream products are fsntastic and when I do finally get my certificate off qualification and start on paying clients I'll defiantly use the dream products. Thank you so much.

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Ally , Stockport

Ordered on the friday of BH wkend and it arrived the tuesday as promised. Staff at Essential nails were extremely helpful as i have never done nails before and helped me to choose the right course and package to suit me (a complete beginner) Love the easy to understand book and DVD, Now i just need to get started and start creating some mini masterpieces. 10/10 for everything, Thankyou!

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Lilian renton , Scotland

Great course very rewarding as a hobbie, or employment. Great support from all the staff at essential nails.

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Emma , Farnborough

I bought this course after looking for something to do whilst on maternity leave and its FAB. Its really easy to follow and you can fit it in around you. I passed with a credit and am very excited to get started Cannot wait to do another course, loving the look of the Nail Art!



I have just passed my Gel Nail course with a credit and I am over the moon. I have had the course for over 15mths but only been able to concentrate on it from this yr due to surgery so the fact that there is no time limit on any of the Essential Nails Courses is great. Its such a fantastic feeling when you pass your course and they are so addictive because now I am working on the Nail Art Course and just purchased the Nail Airbrush course for when I have completed that. The Nail Art course is just as fantastic as the Gel Nail course was to do. I will definitely be recommending Essential Nails to all of my future clients. I would also like to say a massive thank you to Sarah and the team as I couldn't of done it without your tutoring. Thanks Guy's xxx

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Tracey Blay , Manchester

I purchased my Gel nail course well over a yr ago but due to having 2 back operations I had to take quite a long break whilst I recovered but I have been working on my course now for a couple months and I am submitting my work within the next week or so. I would really recommend any of the Essential Nails courses to anybody that is interested in learning Nails, you get great support from the sales girls, your tutor (in my case Sarah has been a diamond). I have already purchased my next course which is the Nail Art course and will be starting that as soon as I have finished this one.


Lisa Alsford , Milton Keynes

I enrolled on the Gel course after starting the Spa Manicure and Pedicure course. The DVDs make it so easy to start learning, there is much to learn but the step by step lessons break it down into manageable chunks. My decision to train as a nail tech has certainly turned out to be fun, finding the time is easy and by doing an hour at a time I don't feel that i'm overwhelmed. I look forward to learning as much as I can and working hard to become a top nail tech! Thanks to all at EN for being helpful and informative! Learning a new skill is fun and rewarding. Charting my progress makes the results easy to see and spurs me on to finish this course and start the next!


Lisa Goudy , Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

This was my first ever venture into the world of nails I had never done anything like this before and I loved it. It was challenging yet addictive and I enjoyed every minute of it. I highly recommend EN, I managed to gain a credit on this course down to my commitment, an excellent teaching DVD with Gina as your mentor and superb help at the end of the phone. I will be doing more courses and look forward to my future as a fully fledged nail rech. Thank you EN.

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Tracey Wildman , Bedford

This was my first course with Essential Nails. The course is brilliant and put me on the right path to becoming a nail tech. Once you master the air bubbles when applying the nail tips, the nails you create provide great satisfaction. I would recommend this course as a good first course to any new student.

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Nicola Robinson , East Yorkshire

I was so excited to start this course. It is ideal for anyone who feels they don't want to be rushed. I have some health problems and found the no time limit on Essential Nails Courses ideal. The course is excellent. The dvd is so comprehensive and there is so much to take in. The study book compliments the dvd so well. When I needed assistance everyone one was fantastic. They gave me confidence when I was struggling with blending the nail tips. I have enjoyed the course very much and am about to start Course 6 Maintaining Nail Extensions.

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Sue Prescott , South Wales

I would give this course ten out of ten!!!! Not only do you get fantastic products in the kit, you get really lovely ladies offering help whenever you need it!!! A few times I nearly gave up due only to impatience but one phonecall and confidence was restored!!! DVD and book are easy to follow. Love this course!


solveig , denmark

hi i would like to thank essentialnails so much.this is absolutly the best courses ever.i always been in a wheel chair so i can use my hands.i never though i would be good at something but always loved beauty and nails. this has given my everything.now i am something and something i love.and its fun and i can do what i want and when i want and work as anyone else.thank you for everything essentialnails. love solveig

Letasha Ellaway

would deffinatly recommend, quick delivery, friendly advisors and very helpful, the course is easy to follow and comes with everything you need i am looking forward to completing the gel course and going on to the next one

Excellent course Thank you

Loraine Pickering

Thank you to you all, I have almost completed my gel nails course, and REALLY enjoyed it. Quality products, quality support, everything included to get started. Done loads of friends nails and they loved them!! already part way through maintenance and nail art course....which is Brill, and just enrolled on acrylic course today. Looking forward to a new career as a mobile nail tech. THANK YOU ALL SOOOO MUCH. Dont just think about it ENROL TODAY!!

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Josephine Sanchez

I didnt think i would have enough time to do this course but once i got into it i couldnt stop. I am a mum of 3 and it was hard with kids home and course but once i realised that i could do this in my time with no pressure at my own pace i found it very easy. Well as i said it was brilliant and i passed thank you essential nails. Also only yesterday (16.07.08) I ordered my Acrylic Course, cant wait to get started.... wish me luck

Samantha Gardens

I have loved every minute of this course, i will do more training with Essential nails.

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Zoe Martin , Norfolk

Thanks for all your support, i now feel ready to go out and do nails, will be ordering my next course very soon

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Emma Thompson

Customer service has been great, I bought the gel nails course from you and it is brilliant, the website is fab and I have been taken on as a trainee at a local salon already! I love my new job and it's all thanks to my brilliant experience with Essential Nails!

Michelle Guy , Luton

Only two months ago i was thinking about starting my own business as a nail tech, and now it has come true, these courses are great and i am always learning, thank essential nails can't wait to start my next course.x


Just want to pass my thanks to everyone at Essential Nails. I really can't praise your company enough. From the day I rang up for your brochure to present day everyone was friendly, helpful and made me feel at ease. I love my new job as a nail tec!!!!!!!! Thank you.

Pauline , Ipswich

Enjoyed every minute of the course, thank you for all the support and help given to me over the last few months, i will be booking myself onto the next course in a few days, thanks again.

cassy box

i think essential nails are excellent i have already done the acrylic tip and overlay course and i have just purchased the gel nails course .All the tutors at essential nails are very helpful and always there for you.

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Joanna Sear

Really good course, I learnt so much more than my college course where the tutor knew nothing about nails!

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Sonia , London

I could not believe how easy it was to do this course as I am also a full time mum and did not think that I would have enough time to finish it. Because there was no set finish time for the course I just did my practicing when the kids had gone to bed and did not feel pressured at all.

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Trudy Britton

I am very impressed with the course. I'm looking forward to completing my gel course and then on to my acrylic course which I have already purchased from you. Brilliant site easy to use (not like some). Trudy

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