Water Gilding Classes with The Gilding Studio

The GildedPlanet.com is excited to partner with Charles Douglas from The Gilding Studio to provide you with the highest quality, hands on training for the gilding arts.

Ancient and traditional method of applying gold leaf to complex and sculptural wood surfaces using true gesso, clay bole, rabbit skin glues, and agate burnishing tools. Produces a beautiful mirror shine. Traditional Water Gilding is one of the true 'foundational' gilding techniques that most contemporary processes build upon. It is this technique that the masters of old used to create many of the gilded panels, objects, and furniture that are housed in museums worldwide.

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An Introduction to Traditional Water Gilding

3-Day Workshop

This popular intensive workshop introduces the student to the traditional method of water gilding. Students are guided through each of the steps including preparation of gesso and clay bole grounds, laying of genuine 23k gold leaf, burnishing, and toning. The oil gilding method will also be discussed as well as an overview of patination principles.

Handouts, including recipes, a bibliography of educational materials, and a supplier list will be provided. An emphasis is placed upon learning rather than the necessary completion of a major project; however, students will have the opportunity to gild an object in genuine gold leaf to take home.

Traditional water gilding is designed for use on wood and may be used for such objects as frames, furniture, and architectural elements. Workshop includes 23k gold leaf for the class to share, materials, use of all gilding tools, and objects to gild for learning the basics of this beautiful craft.

Class size is limited to 8 students.


Date Location Time Price Status Register Now
January 25,26 2018 New York City 10:30am - 5:30pm $525.00 AVAILABLE -Advanced - Traditional Water Gilding...The Rubbed Finish A class well-suited for returning water gilding students or for those with some experience. Though all are welcome! Learn to properly apply 23k gold leaf to a flat contemporary frame profile and develop techniques for achieving beautifully rubbed finishes where specific amounts of gold leaf are rubbed through the gold to reveal the underlying color of the clay bole ground, from light to medium and ultra rubs. Contact us to register
April 9,10,11 2018 Owen Sound, Ontario 10:30am - 5:30pm USD$750.00 AVAILABLE A three-day Intensive in Owen Sound, Canada. Be guided through each of the steps of this beautiful ancient craft and art, from gesso and clay bole to laying genuine 23k gold leaf and burnishing. All materials included. Contact us to register
April 25,26,27 2018 New York City 10:30am - 5:30pm $750.00 AVAILABLE A three-day Intensive in New York City. Be guided through each of the steps of this beautiful ancient craft and art, from gesso and clay bole to laying genuine 23k gold leaf and burnishing. All materials included. Contact us to register
June 20,21,22 2018 New York City 10:30am - 5:30pm $750.00 AVAILABLE A three-day Intensive in New York City. Be guided through each of the steps of this beautiful ancient craft and art, from gesso and clay bole to laying genuine 23k gold leaf and burnishing. All materials included. Contact us to register
October 18,19 2018 New York City 10:30am - 5:30pm $525.00 AVAILABLE - Advanced - Traditional Water Gilding - Crackle Gesso, Leaf Laying Techniques & Toning. Explore different techniques in applying gold leaf to a variety of picture frame mouldings and approaches to toning them with simple and effective materials. Includes creating Crackle Gesso! Contact us to register

Location Addresses:

NEW YORK CITY - Sepp Leaf Products - 381 Park Avenue S. - New York, NY 10016 (13th Floor)

SEATTLE - Charles Douglas Gilding Studio - 3815 4th Ave. NE - Seattle, WA 98105 (North Lake Union)

OWEN SOUND, Ontario CANADA - 1735 4th Avenue West, 2nd Floor, Studio 18 Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 4X7


Class Materials

Charles Douglas Classes - Water Gilding

Discount code will be provided during your workshop!

Complete Class Kit - Special

Purchase all the recommended tools from this educational series in one easy step.

GSWG/KIT $ 350.00
Use discount code at checkout - provided by instructor - to save even more!
Class Kit

Also available, Sepp Leaf Professional Water Gilding Kits. Water Gilding Tool Kit, with gesso (whiting), rabbit skin glue, clay bole and genuine 22kt Gold leaf and our Water Gilding Materials Kit, including Gilders Tip brush, gilding pad and gilding knife at Water Gilding Kits.


Purchase class items individualy

Re-load on essential items!!! Every artist knows that If you use your tools right, then they will preform for you. True work horses - and in a pinch, you know which are your "go-to" tools. But even your hardest working friends need refreshing. Now is your time. And enjoy a special discount on the folowing items, exclusively through the Charles Douglas Gilding Studio Workshops. Thanks for participating in our workshops!

Use discount code at checkout - provided by instructor - to save even more!

213S/3 $ 25.00
3 inch Gilders Tip Brush. SINGLE - Squirrel Hair. Made in France
Gilders Tip Brush
SL-6 $ 37.00
SL-6 Agate stone burnisher - Wood Handle - German
Agate Burnisher
61/2 $ 23.00
Pure Kazan Squirrel - Pointed - Quill Ferrule - Wood Handle - French
8mm Brush
625/1 $ 28.00
Mixed Squirrel - 1" Tapered - Metal Ferrule - Wood Handle - German
1" Brush
KGKS/14 $ 58.00
Gilders Knife - Polished stainless steel with wood handle. 5.1/2” long and ½” wide w/ angled tip
Gilders Knife
GP/D $ 64.00
Gilders Pad, Delux 7" x 9.1/2" W/O SHIELD - Italian
Gilders Pad
660D/1 $ 47.00
1 inch Flat Brush, Dark Ox Hair, Beveled Edge - German
1" Ox Brush
CARB3/1 $ 15.00
Florence Rouge Whiting - Gesso powder - 1 lb
Dry Gesso
RSG309/1 $ 21.00
Farmers Glue - Rabbit Skin Glue - German Fine Granulated - 1 lb
Rabbit Skin Glue 1lb.
3355P/5 $ 9.00
Selhamin Red Bole - 5oz jar - Wet
Red Bole - Clay
MA23.0DB/B $ 74.00
Manetti Brand - 23kt Double Gold Leaf Book - Loose Leaf - 18 grams
23kt Gold Leaf

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