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Gilding 1: Introductory Gilding Course London


I teach one day intensive Gilding Courses London: you will have six samples to take home.


On this course you will learn about all the different types of metal leaf (And the pros and cons of each one), surface preparation, how to apply the leaf, which gold size (type of glue) to use, and varnishing and antiquing techniques.


Students will then apply the gold and silver leaf to sample boards.


We will then discuss other different metallic mediums, the pros and cons of each, and students will have an opportunity to

produce some more samples using these finishes.

Background Information

Gilding  is the process of applying very fine metal sheets to a base surface to produce a luxurious highly reflective finish.


Gilding first appeared in ancient Egypt in 2500 B.C. The Egyptians hammered out base metals to produce very thin metal sheets and applied them to the surface they wished to decorate in much the same way as we do today, however modern manufacturing processes allow the metal sheets, typically Gold or Silver, to be made very fine.


Since the time of the Egyptians gilding has been used extensively for all manner of decorations, especially in palaces and museums.


Professional gilding is a very specialised technique that takes many years to perfect, however in this 1 day course you can learn how to apply gold and silver leaf with professional results, using transfer leaf.


Throughout my career as a specialist decorator I have been regularly asked to produce all types of gilded decoration, for example on a piece of furniture or a mirror or picture frame, for picking out details on cornices, ceiling roses and doors or even on complete walls!


As with all the specialist paint finishes and Italian plaster finishes, gilding works well both in a traditional or contemporary setting.


As an alternative to Gold & Silver leaf I often use other metallic mediums e.g. gold powder, mica, paint, and waxes, depending on what I want to achieve and of course what the client desires. These can be equally attractive in their own right, for example the Chinese often used  gold paint over a black surface to create beautiful effects on their furniture, giving a much more fluid effect than you could achieve with gold leaf.


However if its a highly reflective surface that is required only gilding with gold or silver leaf will do.


The class is taught by Joanne Poulton, a professional specialist decorator with over twenty years site experience.

Gilding Courses in London

One day intensive hands on Gilding Courses London.

Course times: 9-4:30

Price: £150

Learn the application of Gold & Silver Leaf.

All materials, tools, gloves & refreshments supplied. There will be 6 different sampleboards to take home, perfect for showing to potential clients.

This course is suitable for people interested in the Decorative arts, Decorative professionals/Decorators or people who are interested in changing their careers.

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