Pastiglia - The Art of Gilded Raised Gesso.

Charles Douglas Gilding Studio ZOOM classes

Pastiglia is the ancient technique of the art of gilding over an applied gesso relief. Its raised characteristic has been used for centuries in manuscript illumination as well as by contemporary calligraphers. It has also been used as Relief ornamentation for frames dating back to the Italian Renaissance and discussed in Cennini’s 15th c Treatise Il Libro Dell’Arte.

The GildedPlanet.com is excited to partner with the Charles Douglas Gilding Studio to provide you with the highest quality, hands on training for the gilding arts.

Pastiglia - The Art of Gilded Raised Gesso workshops and classes

Pastiglia - The Art of Gilded Raised Gesso.

Pastiglia is is an ancient aspect of the art of Traditional Water Gilding. Its raised characteristic has been used for centuries in manuscript illumination as well as by contemporary calligraphers. It has also been used as Relief ornamentation for frames dating back to the Italian Renaissance and discussed in Cennini’s 15th c Treatise Il Libro Dell’Arte.

Students will be guided through the process of gilding a Pastiglia Relief on Canvas and Picture Frame moulding including preparing the surface, making rabbit skin glue size and gesso, drawing the raised gesso design, applying clay bole, gilding and burnishing in 23k gold leaf, and learning to adhere gold leaf through diaphragmatic breath.

All levels are welcome to this much-anticipated gilding class with Gilder and Teacher Charles Douglas!


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

Date Location Time Price Status Register Now
Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 10, 18, 25, 2022 (Note: every session is Friday except for Thursday, March 10) ZOOM 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST (4:00pm - 5:30pm EST; Please Adjust for International Time Zones) $295.00 AVAILABLE
Includes All Dates: Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; Mar. 4, 10, 18, 25, 2022

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