Traditional Water Gilded Picture Frames


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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Traditional Water Gilded Picture Frames

This popular Workshop takes the student on a journey through each step of the ancient traditional water gilding method, from gesso and clay bole to laying and burnishing genuine 23k gold leaf.

Each lesson addresses a specific step of the process, keeping it challenging while not overwhelming. Creating a modern ‘Rub’ where some of the gold leaf is gently rubbed away to reveal the overlapping leaves of gold and color of the underlying clay bole is also demonstrated.

All classes are Live on Zoom and Recorded for viewing by students which remain accessible for 6 months Links for the Live class are sent to students about a week before the class series begins. Links for the recordings are also emailed to students a few days after each Live session.

A Live Question and Answer Period is provided at the end of each weekly session, a time to gather online and to talk about the many questions related to this beautiful ancient artform.

Note: Students will need a set of gilding tools such as the pad, knife, and tip, various brushes, a book of 23k gold leaf and an object such as a raw wood picture frame to gild. A materials list and helpful links will be provided upon Registration.

Date Location Time Price Status Register Now
November 8, 15, 22, 29; December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2023 On Line Once a Week for 8 Weeks 11am - 12:30pm PST (2pm - 3:30pm EST) $325.00 AVAILABLE REGISTER NOW

Class kit and materials:

Traditional Water Gilding for Panels class kit

Class Kit

Complete class kit - Pastiglia 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 $ 345.00
Charles Douglas Classes - Pastiglia 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 $ 90.00
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 $ 32.00
** TWO BRUSHES ** - Mixed Squirrel - 1" Tapered - Wood Handle - German
1" Brush
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
CARB3/1 $ 15.00
Florence Rouge Whiting - Gesso powder - 1 lb
Dry Gesso
RSG330/1 $ 28.00
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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