Gilding…for Absolute Beginners!


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

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Gilding…for Absolute Beginners!

Fascinated by the thought of gilding but simply don’t know where to begin? Then this is the class to take - Gilding…for Absolute Beginners!

We all need to start somewhere and this Introductory gilding class is designed for those just beginning. Students will learn during their first class how to seal and apply a yellow and red painted undercoat in preparation for gilding with an acrylic emulsion as the gilding adhesive. This adhesive is known as a mordant and like all acrylics, it’s water-based and cleans-up with soap and water but dries permanently, creating an excellent bond for imitation and genuine gold and other metal leafs to a variety of surfaces.

We then progress to the gilding in our second session, applying brass leaf (imitation gold) to our class project. We’ll also discuss the comparisons between Oil-Based and Acrylic Emulsion Mordants and the applications for both.

Our third and final session we graduate to gilding a second class project using genuine 23k Gold Leaf while learning the techniques of using the gilder’s tools: the Pad, Knife, and Tip with guidance in the care of the tools and in handling precious gold and silver leaf.

Join us for this excellent Introduction to the ancient world of gold leaf gilding!

Note: Question and Answer periods are included in each weekly session. Classes are both Live Online and Recorded. Recordings remain viewable for six months after the series ends.

A Materials List will be provided upon Registration.

October 15, 22, 29, 2024 (Once a Week for 3 Weeks)

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October 15, 22, 29, 2024 (Once a Week for 3 Weeks) On-Line 11:00am - 12:30pm PST - 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST $195.00 AVAILABLE REGISTER NOW


October 28, 2023

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Fall: October 28, 2023 In Person Location: Isabel O’Neil Studio, 315 E 91st St (Between 1st and 2nd Ave’s., Second Floor) NY, NY 10:30am - 5:00pm EST (Lunch 1-2pm) $335.00 AVAILABLE REGISTER NOW

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