Sgraffito - Medieval scratched gilding

Charles Douglas Gilding Studio ZOOM classes

Sgraffito, Italian for ‘scratched’, is a decorative process used in gilding where design elements are etched into an egg tempera paint which is applied over a burnished water gilded surface revealing the brilliant gold leaf ground underneath.

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.

Sgraffito - Medieval scratched gilding

Sgraffito - Medieval scratched gilding

Sgraffito, Italian for ‘scratched’, is a decorative process used in gilding where design elements are etched into an egg tempera paint which is applied over a burnished water gilded surface revealing the brilliant gold leaf ground underneath.

The use of this medieval decorative approach was used on early gilded and tempera panel paintings and statuary and continues today as used as embellishment in the centuries-old tradition of finely handcrafted picture frames.

Join us for this special 3-Session Masterclass as we learn to prepare and apply a casein-based egg yolk gilder’s tempera over a 23k water gilded panel and Florentine period picture frame corner. We will also explore weak sizes and shellac as protective coatings and the use of punchwork to enhance the revealed gilded ground that can catch the light for a touch of added sparkle.

This Masterclass is designed for the student who is experienced in the traditional water gilding method or has taken one of the water gilding classes. The water gilded surfaces used in the Sgraffito Masterclass will already be gilded and ready for the tempera and Sgraffito. The Masterclass, however, is open to all who wish to experience the beauty of this intriguing historical method of the gilding arts!

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


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

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Febuary 10, 17, 24, 2022 ZOOM 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST (4:00pm - 5:30pm EST; Please Adjust for International Time Zones) $165.00 Available REGISTER NOW

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