Water Gilded Panels - Pastiglia to Sgraffito!

Charles Douglas Gilding Studio ZOOM classes

Pastiglia to Sgraffito! Learn the historical techniques of Granito (Punchwork and Incision), Pastiglia (Raised Gesso), and Sgraffito (Traditional Egg Tempera applied over the burnished gold leaf with decorative designs etched through to reveal the underlying gold leaf).

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

Water Gilded Panels - Pastiglia to Sgraffito!

This Special 12 week Workshop is designed for the Fine artist working specifically on Panels in Egg Tempera, Oils, or Acrylics. This extended format of the popular Water Gilded Panels class takes the student on a journey through each step of the ancient traditional water gilding method all the way through the historical techniques of Granito (Punchwork and Incision), Pastiglia (Raised Gesso), and Sgraffito (Traditional Egg Tempera applied over the burnished gold leaf with decorative designs etched through to reveal the underlying gold leaf).

Students learn the laying and gluing of silk, preparing and applying gesso and clay bole, gilding and burnishing genuine 23k gold leaf as well as adding embellishments through the techniques of granito, pastiglia, and sgraffito. We apply the raised gesso to the panel corners, prepare and apply traditional egg tempera, and incorporate punchwork and incision into the exposed gold leaf that lies below the egg tempera highlighting our sgraffito, an ancient method for catching and reflecting the light.

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 a raw wood panel to gild. (Assistance in acquiring these is available and upon request as well as an optional gilding kit.)

All classes are Live on Zoom and recorded for viewing by students which remain accessible for an extended period of 12 months (normally 6 months)!

A Materials list will be available on this website for download under the Materials tab soon. Or contact the Instructor Charles Douglas for further info at charles.studio@usa.net.


Every Wednesday: August 10, 17, 24, 31; September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19; (No Class on Oct. 26), November 2, 2022 (Once a Week for 12 Weeks)

1:00pm - 2:30pm PST (4:00pm - 5:30pm EST

This is an 8 session class for a total of 12 hours. Each session is 90 minutes.
Date Location Time Price Status Register Now
August 10, 17, 24, 31; September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19; (No Class on Oct. 26), November 2, 2022 (Once a Week for 12 Weeks) ZOOM 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST (4:00pm - 5:30pm EST; Please Adjust for International Time Zones) $450.00 AVAILABLE REGISTER NOW

Class kit and materials:

Traditional Water Gilding for Panels class kit

Class Kit

Complete class kit - Traditional Water Gilding for Panels class kit

Use discount code at checkout - provided by instructor - to save even more!

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

CDPAN/KIT $ 415.00
Charles Douglas Classes - Traditional Water Gilding for Panels 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 individually

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!

213K/3.5 $ 81.00
Pure Sable Kolinsky - Single - 3.5" width x 2" Length - French
Gilder's Tip
MA13 $ 68.50
MA13 Agate stone burnisher - Wood Handle - German
Agate Burnisher
MA42 $ 78.00
MA42 Agate stone burnisher - Pointed - Wood Handle
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
DR11 $ 35.20
DR11 Agate stone burnisher - Wood Handle - German
Agate Burnisher
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

Optional item not included in kit
MA12 $ 81.00
Flat Agate - Wood Handle
MA12 Agate Burnisher

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