Sgraffito - Medieval scratched gilding

Charles Douglas Gilding Studio ZOOM classes

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Sgraffito - Medieval scratched gilding

Sgraffito -
Medieval scratched gilding

Sgraffito, Italian for ‘scratched’, is a decorative process used in gilding where design elements are etched into an egg tempera paint which is applied over a burnished water gilded surface revealing the brilliant gold leaf ground underneath.

This Renaissance Period decorative approach was used on early gilded and tempera panel paintings and statuary and continues today as used as embellishment in the centuries-old tradition of finely handcrafted Picture Frames, Statuary, and Egg Tempera Panel Paintings.


Join us for this special 3-Session Masterclass as we learn to prepare and apply traditional egg tempera over a 23k Water Gilded Birch Wood Panel and a Flat Panel Picture Frame Corner.

Session 1. We will discuss the traditional water gilding process for panels and frames. We will then create an alternative gilded ground useful for beginning students using a water-based acrylic adhesive and Brass Leaf (imitation gold) as an undercoat for the egg tempera Sgraffito.

Session 2. We Perpare and Apply the Traditional Egg Tempera

Session 3. We etch our Sgraffito Designs into our Panels and Frame Corner

Students will also explore weak shellac as a protective coating and the use of punchwork to enhance the revealed gilded ground that can catch the light for a touch of added sparkle.

This Masterclass is open to all levels. For those who are inexperienced in gilding, learning this beautiful historical Finish is beneficial on its own and you are always welcome to explore the wide variety of other gilding classes offered. The water gilded surfaces used in the Sgraffito Masterclass will already be gilded and ready for the tempera and Sgraffito.

All classes are Live on Zoom and recorded for viewing by students which remain accessible for six months.

Materials required for the Sgraffito Masterclass may include:

- An option of a pre-water gilded panel in a size of your choice or a flat panel or masonite board

- An optional picture frame with a flat 1” minimum frame panel

- Water based Adhesive (if not using a water gilded panel)

- A Booklet of Imitation gold leaf Brass Leaf or Aluminum (if not using a water gilded panel)

- Shellac (if using the Brass or Aluminum Leaf)

- Black dry pigment (or other color; French Ultramarine Blue is nice!)


Winter Series: January 7, 14, 21, 2023

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Winter Series: January 7, 14, 21, 2023 (Includes All 3 Sessions) ZOOM 11:00am - 12:30pm PST (2:00pm - 3:30pm EST; Adjust for Local Time Zone and Daylight Savings Time Changes) $165.00 Available REGISTER NOW

Spring Series: April 8, 15, 22, 2023

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Spring Series: April 8, 15, 22, 2023 (Includes All 3 Sessions) ZOOM 11:00am - 12:30pm PST (2:00pm - 3:30pm EST; Adjust for Local Time Zone and Daylight Savings Time Changes) $165.00 Available REGISTER NOW

Summer Series: July 13, 20, 27, 2023

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Summer Series: July 13, 20, 27, 2023 (Includes All 3 Sessions) ZOOM 11:00am - 12:30pm PST (2:00pm - 3:30pm EST; Adjust for Local Time Zone and Daylight Savings Time Changes) $165.00 Available REGISTER NOW

Fall Series: Sept. 13, 20, 27, 2023

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Fall Series: Sept. 13, 20, 27, 2023 (Includes All 3 Sessions) ZOOM 11:00am - 12:30pm PST (2:00pm - 3:30pm EST; Adjust for Local Time Zone and Daylight Savings Time Changes) $165.00 Available REGISTER NOW

Class kit and materials:

Traditional Water Gilding for Panels class kit

Class Kit

Complete Sgraffito class kit

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

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

CDPAN/KIT $ 415.00
Charles Douglas Classes - Sgraffito and Traditional Water Gilding for Panels 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 individually

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!

213K/3.5 $ 81.00
Pure Sable Kolinsky - Single - 3.5" width x 2" Length - French
Gilder's Tip
MA13 $ 68.50
MA13 Agate stone burnisher - Wood Handle - German
Agate Burnisher
MA42 $ 68.50
MA42 Agate stone burnisher - Pointed - Wood Handle
Agate Burnisher
61/2 $ 23.00
Pure Kazan Squirrel - Pointed Mop - Quill Ferrule - Wood Handle - French
8mm Brush
625/1 $ 28.00
Mixed Squirrel - 1" Tapered - Metal Ferrule - Wood Handle - German
1" Brush
DR11 $ 35.20
DR11 Agate stone burnisher - Wood Handle - German
Agate Burnisher
GK/S $ 39.00
Gilders Knife - Single edge with square tip 5½" blade
Gilders Knife
GP/D $ 74.00
Gilders Pad, Delux 7" x 9.1/2" W/O SHIELD - Italian
Gilders Pad
943/3/4 $ 20.00
Pure Ox Hair. 3/4". Metal ferrule and a raw wood handle.
3/4" Ox Brush
CARB3/1 $ 15.00
Florence Rouge Whiting - Gesso powder - 1 lb
Dry Gesso
RSG330/1 $ 24.00
Framers Glue - Rabbit Skin Glue - German Fine Granulated - 1 lb
Rabbit Skin Glue 1lb.
3355P/5 $ 46.50
Selhamin Red Bole - 5oz jar - Wet
Red Bole - Clay
MA23.00DB/B $ 96.00
Manetti Brand - 23kt Double Gold Leaf Book - Loose Leaf - 18 grams
23kt Gold Leaf

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