Gilding Picture Frames.

Traditional Water Gilding for Picture Frames.

Professional gilding classes with the Charles Douglas Gilding Studio.

Learn each step of this ancient traditional water gilding method, from gesso and clay bole to laying and burnishing genuine 12k white gold leaf. The focus of this particular class project is a Contemporary 1” flat Slanted profile with a light rub to show the underlying clay bole, a challenging though beautiful water gilded Finish.

Gilding Picture Frames. Traditional Water Gilding for Picture Frames.
Gilding Picture Frames. Traditional Water Gilding for Picture Frames.

New Evening Time Schedule for the East Coast (US)! ~ 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 12k white gold leaf. The focus of this particular class project is a Contemporary 1” flat Slanted profile with a light rub to show the underlying clay bole, a challenging though beautiful water gilded Finish.

Each lesson addresses a specific step of the process, keeping it challenging while not overwhelming. 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.

All classes are Live on Zoom and recorded for viewing by students. Recordings remain accessible for six months. A Question/Answer period takes place towards the end of each session.


This is an 8 session class for a total of 12 hours. Each session is 90 minutes.

Date Location Time Price Status Register Now
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31;
June 7, 14, 21, 2022
ZOOM 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST (7:00pm-8:30pm GMT) - *Remember to adjust to your local Time Zone. $295.00 AVAILABLE REGISTER NOW

Class Materials

Charles Douglas Classes - Water Gilding

Discount code will be provided during your workshop!

Complete Class Kit - Special

Purchase all the recommended tools from this educational series in one easy step.

CDWG/KIT $ 350.00
Use discount code at checkout - provided by instructor - to save even more!
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 individualy

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!

213S/3.5 $ 25.00
Squirrel Hair - Single - 3.5" width x 2" Length - French
MA13 $ 68.50
MA13 Agate stone burnisher - Wood Handle - German Agate Burnisher
61/2 $ 23.00
Pure Kazan Squirrel - Pointed Mop - Quill Ferrule - Wood Handle - French 8mm Brush
625/1 $ 28.00
Mixed Squirrel - 1" Tapered - Metal Ferrule - 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
943/3/4 $ 20.00
Pure Ox Hair. 3/4". Metal ferrule and a raw wood handle. 3/4" Ox Brush
CARB3/1 $ 15.00
Florence Rouge Whiting - Gesso powder - 1 lb Dry Gesso
RSG330/1 $ 24.00
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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