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Gold Leafing & Gilding Classes

Charles Douglas Design Studio

Charles Douglas Gilding Studio

Charles Douglas Gilding Studio

Available Online Classes, Fall 2020

Traditional Water Gilding

Fridays, Oct 2 - Nov 20

Gilding for Works of Art on Canvas, Paper, & Panels...a Study for Fine Artists

Oct 3 - 24

Gold Leaf Restoration

Oct 31 - Dec 19

Gold Leaf Restoration & Gilded Bevels, Glass Gilding/verre églomisé, and Gilding for Works of Art

in association with SeppLeaf Products

Location: Georgian Bay Art Conservation, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada

class size limited to approx 12 students

Wednesdays, Sep 23 - Oct 28

Glass Gilding...An Introduction to verre églomisé

Wednesdays, Sep 23 - Oct 28

Creating the Antique Dutch Black Finish for Picture Frames


Online Gilding Classes begin in September via Zoom.

Our newsletter members and students make up an exciting gilding community extending from England, Ireland, and Sweden to New Zealand, South Africa, and all across the US so it’s wonderful that we can all join in as we explore these beautiful, ancient methods of gold leaf gilding. This is welcome news for those in need of an option to the classroom setting or as a convenient way for students to supplement their gilding education.

This new Online format provides a full Program of The Gilding Arts with multi-lesson courses in Traditional Water Gilding, Mordant Gilding, Glass Gilding/Verre Églomisé, Gold Leaf Restoration, and Gilding and the Antique Dutch Black Finish with Masterclass Tutorials in subjects such as Preparation of Gesso Putty and Mould-Making and Casting ; Toning of Gilded Surfaces; and the series Gilding in the Sacred Realm for Buddha Gilding, Icon Panels, and Liturgical Art.

Shorter one hour Tutorials focus on specific areas of gilding for technical development such as using the gilder’s pad, knife, and tip effectively when working with loose gold leaf; solving issues such as troubleshooting picking up gold leaf with the gilder’s ‘tip’ and removing water spots on burnished water gilding.

Students will have the opportunity to enroll in the Full Program which will become available in early 2021, allowing enrollment in each online class, Masterclass, and Tutorial. Students may alternatively choose to register for any Course, Masterclass, or Tutorial separately.


The first step for those interested in the Online Gilding Classes is to download the free Zoom App on your chosen device and become familiar with how the program works. Zoom is fairly easy to use but it is still a good idea to become comfortable with using it before classtime. It is also recommended to register early to get fully prepared with any tools, supplies, or materials that you'll need to acquire.


Register for the Gilding Class or Tutorial of your choice. Students may Register at or through The Gilding Arts Newsletter.

Once a student Registers, students will receive a Confirmation of their Registration with a Zoom Link to the class.

Student clicks the Zoom Link in their email five minutes before class time begins.

Student will automatically be entered into a waiting room on Zoom. Each student will be entered manually into the Online Classroom by the Instructor (Charles) before class time begins.

Once all students have been 'entered' into the Zoom Class the classroom will be locked by the Instructor as a safety protocol to ensure that our gathering is limited to enrolled students only.

Class times are Live from Seattle, WA and are specified as Pacific Standard Time. Students will need to adjust to their local time. (For example, a class that begins at 11:00 am PST will be 7:00 pm in Ireland, GMT+1).

Major Courses meet once a week for approximately 90 minutes per lesson. This has been designed to allow students to be challenged without being overwhelmed. Students have the option of using their gilding tools and materials to work on a project while following along with the Instructor or to simply watch and take notes during that day's lesson. Homework will be issued each week.

Upon registering students will be provided through email any Gilding Recipes pertinent to their Course and a copy of the Lesson Plan and homework assignments. Students will also receive a tools and materials list and suggested projects to work on during the course of study.

Both Classroom and Online methods for learning gilding have their own benefits and opportunities and I am grateful that we can join together on this creative journey!

~ Charles Douglas, Teacher and Instructor

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Better Letters Co

Gilding for Beginners

New York, DATE AND TIME PENDING @ SeppLeaf -- Better Letters • Phone: (UK) 44 20 3968 1722

Duke Windsor Studio

Duke Windsor Studio

4-Hour Gold Leaf Workshop with Duke Windsor: The Power of Gold Leaf

San Diego, CA -- DATE & TIME PENDING -- Duke Windsor Studioemail

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