Gilding with Garlic...for Paper and Statuary

Explore the medieval world of gilding with garlic. Great for use with illuminated manuscripts and sacred objects.

Learn this ancient gilding technique with Master Gilder Charles Douglas. Join our Zoom classes now!
Sgraffito - Medieval scratched gilding

Gilding with Garlic...for Paper and Statuary

Gilders throughout history have often depended upon plant gums and resins for use as binders in gilding including gum ammoniac, glair, gum arabic, propolis, and garlic juice (Ilinocopia). They can be seen in manuscript illumination and sacred objects.

Join us as we venture into the medieval world of gilding with garlic where we’ll crush these aromatic bulbs with a mortar and pestle, mix the juice with raw gum ammoniac from Northern Africa, and gild with genuine 24kt gold leaf on watercolor paper and a stone cast Buddha statue.

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

A Materials list will be made available from Instructor Charles Douglas.


This is an 3 session class for a total of 5.5 hours. Each session is 90 minutes.

Date Location Time Price Status Register Now
March 30; April 6, 13, 2022 ZOOM 2:00pm - 3:30pm PST (5:00pm - 7:30pm EST; Please Adjust for International Time Zones) $165.00 Available REGISTER NOW

Related Products