Gilding Classes from The Gilding Studio

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Gilding Classes

Each class is designed to specifically address different substrates, covering objects, furniture and frame gilding. Tradional techniques, including historical overview, are paired with contemporary processes. You'll learn proper terminology, dive into materials and various uses depending on your project. You'll aslo have first hand trouble shooting and problem solving experience directly with Master Gilder Charles Douglas. Each course is paired with a full materials list, a one stop location for all your course supplies. For attendees of each course, GildedPlanet offers a special materials discount. Purchase the whole materials package at a reduced 'kit' pricing, or individual products to expand your current tool kit.

Review our course offering below and embark on a path to creativity incorporating the wonderous world of the Gilding Arts!


Traditional Water Gilding

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Ancient and traditional method of applying gold leaf to complex and sculptural surfaces using true gesso, clay Bole, hide glues, and agate burnishing tools. Produces a beautiful mirror shine. Traditional Water Gilding is one of the true 'foundational' gilding techniques that most contemporary processes build upon. It is these techniques that the masters of old use to create the picture frames, objects and furniture that are housed in museum world wide.

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All materials, gold leaf, and use of tools included.

Date Location Time Price Status Register Now
Febuary 27-29 2020 Seattle, Wa. 10:30am - 5:30pm USD $750.00 AVAILABLE -Advanced - Traditional Water Gilding...The Rubbed Finish A class well-suited for returning water gilding students or for those with some experience. Though all are welcome! Learn to properly apply 23k gold leaf to a flat contemporary frame profile and develop techniques for achieving beautifully rubbed finishes where specific amounts of gold leaf are rubbed through the gold to reveal the underlying color of the clay bole ground, from light to medium and ultra rubs. Contact us to register
May 29-31 2020 Portland, Or 10:30am - 5:30pm USD $750.00 AVAILABLE A three-day Intensive in New York City. Be guided through each of the steps of this beautiful ancient craft and art, from gesso and clay bole to laying genuine 23k gold leaf and burnishing. All materials included. Contact us to register
October 7-9 2020 New York City 10:30am - 5:30pm USD $750.00 AVAILABLE A three-day Intensive in New York City. Be guided through each of the steps of this beautiful ancient craft and art, from gesso and clay bole to laying genuine 23k gold leaf and burnishing. All materials included. Contact us to register

Location Addresses:

NEW YORK CITY - Sepp Leaf Products - 381 Park Avenue S. - New York, NY 10016 (13th Floor)

SEATTLE - Charles Douglas Gilding Studio - 3815 4th Ave. NE - Seattle, WA 98105 (North Lake Union)

PORTLAND, OR. - MPF Conservation


Traditional Water Gilding for Picture Frames

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This new 5-Day Workshop takes students through each step of the ancient method of traditional water gilding from gesso and clay bole to laying and burnishing 23kt gold leaf. It is designed for picture framing students who will gild a frame from start to finish and will take their project home! (Frame may be purchased here or bring your own 14" x 18" raw wood frame!)

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All materials, gold leaf, and use of tools included.

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March 24-28 2020 Seattle, Wa. 10:30am - 5:30pm USD $1,250.00 14" x 18" Raw Wood Frame $125.00 This new 5-Day Workshop takes students through each step of the ancient method of traditional water gilding from gesso and clay bole to laying and burnishing 23kt gold leaf. Contact us to register
September 8-12 2020 Portland, Or 10:30am - 5:30pm USD $1,250.00 14" x 18" Raw Wood Frame $125.00 This new 5-Day Workshop takes students through each step of the ancient method of traditional water gilding from gesso and clay bole to laying and burnishing 23kt gold leaf. Contact us to register

Location Addresses:

SEATTLE - Charles Douglas Gilding Studio - 3815 4th Ave. NE - Seattle, WA 98105 (North Lake Union)


Verre Églomisé

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Glass Gilding. The use of gold or Silver leaf on glass goes back to early Roman times and was a popular technique used for Looking Glass Mirrors during eighteenth and nineteenth century England.

Verre Églomisé, the practice of reverse gilding and etched painting on glass incorporating gold and Silver leaf, is the foundation for the gilded mirrors offered by Charles Douglas in his Seattle gilding studio.

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All materials, gold leaf, and use of tools included.

Date Location Time Price Status Register Now
March 6-7 2020 Seattle, Wa. 10:30am - 5:30pm USD $520.00 AVAILABLE A two-day workshop that introduces students to the basics of verre églomisé & the artistry of gilded mirrors. Contact us to register
April 18 2020 New York City - Isabel O'Neil Studio 10:30am - 5:30pm USD $285.00 AVAILABLE A one-day workshop that introduces students to the basics of verre églomisé & the artistry of gilded mirrors. Contact us to register
April 24 -25 2020 Seattle, Wa. 10:30am - 5:30pm USD $520.00 AVAILABLE A two-day workshop that introduces students to the basics of verre églomisé & the artistry of gilded mirrors. Contact us to register
May 3 2020 Owen Sound, ONT 10:30am - 5:30pm USD $275.00 AVAILABLE A one-day workshop that introduces students to the basics of verre églomisé & the artistry of gilded mirrors. Contact us to register
October 6 2020 New York City - Sepp Leaf Products 10:30am - 5:30pm USD $275.00 AVAILABLE A one-day workshop that introduces students to the basics of verre églomisé & the artistry of gilded mirrors. Contact us to register

Location Addresses:

NEW YORK CITY - Isabel O'Neil Studio

NEW YORK CITY - Sepp Leaf Products - 381 Park Avenue S. - New York, NY 10016 (13th Floor)

SEATTLE - Charles Douglas Gilding Studio - 3815 4th Ave. NE - Seattle, WA 98105 (North Lake Union)

OWEN SOUND, Ontario CANADA - Georgian Bay Art Conservation


Gold Leaf Gilding for Works of Art. A study for Fine Artists

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Students explore the various methods of working with gold and Silver leaf to create a gilded ground as an element of composition for painting. Discover the many uses of gilding within works of art through hands-on demos and exercises including the gilding of high-relief as embellishment, traditional water gilding, and the use of glair and clay bole as mordants for gilding. Students may bring a personal work of art to class to explore gilding

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All materials, gold leaf, and use of tools included.

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March 4-5 2020 Seattle, Wa. 10:30am - 5:30pm $520.00 AVAILABLE A two-day intensive workshop. SStudents explore the various methods of working with gold and Silver leaf to create a gilded ground as an element of composition for painting. Contact us to register
April 14 2020 New York City 10:30am - 5:30pm $275.00 AVAILABLE A one-day intensive workshop. SStudents explore the various methods of working with gold and Silver leaf to create a gilded ground as an element of composition for painting. Contact us to register
May 2 2020 Owen Sound, ONT 10:30am - 5:30pm $275.00 AVAILABLE A one-day intensive workshop. SStudents explore the various methods of working with gold and Silver leaf to create a gilded ground as an element of composition for painting. Contact us to register
October 10 2020 New York City 10:30am - 5:30pm $285.00 AVAILABLE A one-day intensive workshop. SStudents explore the various methods of working with gold and Silver leaf to create a gilded ground as an element of composition for painting. Contact us to register

Location Addresses:

NEW YORK CITY - Sepp Leaf Products - 381 Park Avenue S. - New York, NY 10016 (13th Floor)

NEW YORK CITY - Isabel Oneil Studio

SEATTLE - Charles Douglas Gilding Studio - 3815 4th Ave. NE - Seattle, WA 98105 (North Lake Union)

OWEN SOUND, Ontario CANADA - Georgian Bay Art Conservation


Gold Leaf Gilding for Works of Art... a Study for Fine Artists

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This new three-day Workshop, Introduction to Gold Leaf Restoration introduces students to the essential methods and techniques of gold leaf restoration including the preparation and use of gesso putty for infilling, mould casting for the repair of broken or missing decorative elements and the basics of traditional water gilding, oil gilding, and toning.

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All materials, gold leaf, and use of tools included.

Date Location Time Price Status Register Now
March 19-21 2020 Seattle, Wa. 10:30am - 5:30pm $750.00 AVAILABLE A three-day intensive workshop. Students explore the various methods of working with gold and Silver leaf on canvas and panels for both background and embellishment. Contact us to register
April 15-17 2020 New York City 10:30am - 5:30pm $750.00 AVAILABLE A three-day intensive workshop. Students explore the various methods of working with gold and Silver leaf on canvas and panels for both background and embellishment. Contact us to register
May 4-6 2020 Owen Sound, ONT 10:30am - 5:30pm $750.00 AVAILABLE A three-day intensive workshop. Students explore the various methods of working with gold and Silver leaf on canvas and panels for both background and embellishment. Contact us to register
July 10-12 2020 Portland, Or 10:30am - 5:30pm $750.00 AVAILABLE A three-day intensive workshop. Students explore the various methods of working with gold and Silver leaf on canvas and panels for both background and embellishment. Contact us to register

Location Addresses:

NEW YORK CITY - Sepp Leaf Products - 381 Park Avenue S. - New York, NY 10016 (13th Floor)

SEATTLE - Charles Douglas Gilding Studio - 3815 4th Ave. NE - Seattle, WA 98105 (North Lake Union)

OWEN SOUND, Ontario CANADA - Georgian Bay Art Conservation

PORTLAND, Or. - MPF Conservation


Class Four
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Toning Gilded Frames & Furniture

Explore various methods for patinating and antiquing gilded finishes.

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All materials, gold leaf, and use of tools included.

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New Class coming soon TBD Check Back Soon

Location Addresses:

NEW YORK CITY - Sepp Leaf Products - 381 Park Avenue S. - New York, NY 10016 (13th Floor)

SEATTLE - Charles Douglas Gilding Studio - 3815 4th Ave. NE - Seattle, WA 98105 (North Lake Union)


Class Five
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The Art of Crackle Gesso

Reminiscent of 13thc Italian Gilded Panels

An excellent compliment to the Traditional Water Gilding Class

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All materials, gold leaf, and use of tools included.

Date Location Time Price Status Register Now
New Class posting soon TBD Check Back Soon

Location Addresses:

NEW YORK CITY - Sepp Leaf Products - 381 Park Avenue S. - New York, NY 10016 (13th Floor)

SEATTLE - Charles Douglas Gilding Studio - 3815 4th Ave. NE - Seattle, WA 98105 (North Lake Union)


Class Six
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Introduction to Oil Gilding

Sacred Gilding - Gilding the Buddah...a Study in Oil Gilding

Develop an understanding of the oil gilding method using 23k gold leaf in a supportive setting. Learn to handle genuine gold leaf and the traditional gilder's tools while gilding your own small Buddah to take home.

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All materials, gold leaf, and use of tools included.

Date Location Time Price Status Register Now
October 17 2018 2017 New York City 10:30am - 5:30pm $275.00 AVAILABLEA One-Day Workshop providing an excellent introduction to gold leaf gilding. Develop an understanding of the oil gilding method using 23k gold leaf in a supportive setting. Learn to handle genuine gold leaf and the traditional gilder's tools while gilding your own small Buddah to take home. Contact us to register

Location Addresses:

NEW YORK CITY - Sepp Leaf Products - 381 Park Avenue S. - New York, NY 10016 (13th Floor)

SEATTLE - Charles Douglas Gilding Studio - 3815 4th Ave. NE - Seattle, WA 98105 (North Lake Union)


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