Water Gilding Workshop For Beginners: Using Gesso, Rabbit Skin Glue & Gilders Clay, Learn How To Gild For Beginners


  • 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 gild with genuine gold leaf (loose).
  • Burnishing and finishing the gilded surface.

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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:

— No previous gilding experience is required.
— All the tools and materials covered in the workshop will be provided for you to use during the workshop.
— By the end of the course, you will no doubt be able to gild on your own.
— No refund and no reschedule once your placed is booked.
— Free onsite parking.
— Free coffee, tea and light snacks available.

Location:

— 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.
— You can also request to come to you, and teach you at your home/work. This is by a prior arrangement and at an extra fee.

Other dates & times are available by prior arrangement. please contact us.

You need the following gilding tools:

Products you need:

Genuine Gold Leaf

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