Water Gilding Workshop, With Genuine Gold Leaf, Using Gesso, Rabbit Skin Glue & Gilders Clay, Learn How To Gild


Water gilding is a traditional method of applying gold leaf to wood surfaces using gesso, bole (clay) and rabbit skin glue, then burnished with an agate stone. The result is nothing but a beautiful shiny golden looks. This water gilding technique was used by the ancient Egyptians most commonly used to decorate picture frames, valuable objects and furniture.

In this short workshop you will learn how to water gild on wood using genuine gold leaf.

— Water Gilding Workshop Outline:

  • Introduction to gilding tools.
  • How to make the gesso using the rabbit skin glue and plaster/chalk.
  • How to prepare the bole/gilders clay and apply it correctly.
  • How to make the water size.
  • How to gild with genuine gold leaf (loose).
  • Burnishing and finishing the gilded surface.
  • Protecting the gold leaf

Need to know:

  • The workshop is about 3 to 3:30 hours.
  • No previous gilding experience is required.
  • No refund and no reschedule.
  • Onsite and off-street parking available.
  • Free coffee and tea available.
  • All the tools and materials covered in the workshop will be provided for you to use (not to keep) during the workshop.


— The workshop will be held at Gold Leaf NZ in Hamilton. The address will be emailed to you.
— No bystanders, everyone comes must have paid the fee.

Other dates are also available upon request. Please contact us.

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