Water Gilding Workshop For Beginners: Using Gesso, Rabbit Skin Glue & Gilders Clay


  • The course duration is 4 hours.
  • No previous gilding experience is required.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.
  • Protecting the gold leaf

$395.00

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Learn the water gilding technique that was used by the ancient Egyptians most commonly used to decorate picture frames, valuable objects and furniture. You can also take the Modern Gilding Workshop, which will allow you to decide on what method of gilding is best for each project.

— 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 course duration is 4 hours.
— 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 incurs an extra fee and travel expenses.

When / Time:

— The workshop starts at 11am ends at 3pm.
— Maximum of three students in a workshop.

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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For those who are taking the online workshops and residing outside NZ:

  • I am using NZ local time. Therefore, you need to match it up with your local time in order not to miss the workshop.
  • The maximum number of participants in each workshop is three for all workshops.
  • You will need to have a piece of wood, a picture frame, or similar to gild during the workshop.
  • You do not have to gild with me during the workshop. However, it is recommended that you have the tools and products handy at the time you are watching the course so that you follow along with me.

For those how are living in NZ:

  • You can take the online workshop or come in person to our workshop.
  • The workshop will be held at Gold Leaf NZ in Hamilton.
  • All the tools and materials covered in the workshop will be provided for you to use during the workshop.

Not happy with our dates and times? Please email me with the date and time that works for you.