Methods of Embellishment, Patina & Toning

An intermediate course for developing skills and methods for surface and color work

Dining Table patinaed silver

Intermediate study will deepen your understanding of the materials, refine your use of techniques, and leave you with new and more nuanced ways of working with water gilding.

This intermediate level course is suitable for those interested in developing skills and methods for surface and color work utilizing patina, embellishing and toning techniques. You will receive six days of hands-on instruction in the practice of traditional water gilding, with an emphasis on consistent application of gesso, bole and gold leaf in preparation for further embellishment of the finish.

It is said that this is where gilding begins. Here, you will learn how to create various water gilded finishes and expand into more nuanced ways of working with the materials in order to prepare, water gild, patina and embellish panels of various sizes, mock-up furniture samples and story boards on a variety of substrates.



Class Size

4–6 people

Length of Study

6 days

Who it’s for

Gilders, furniture makers, frame makers, bookbinders, illuminators, sculptors, applied artists, visual artists, designers, conservators, restorers, collectors

What you will learn

  • Techniques in double gilding and burnishing; punch work; scribing; distressing; lifting the gild; patina; matage; and toning
  • Tips and techniques for working on a variety of substrates
  • Best practices for the preparation, gilding, patina and embellishment of different size panels, mock-up furniture samples and storyboards
  • Various options for top coating with protective finish
  • How to plan, design layouts and manage the production of multiple projects
  • How to estimate your time and materials in order to create a proposal

What you will leave with

  • Materials, tools, supply and resource lists
  • Recipes
  • A bibliography
  • More advanced knowledge to pursue your own independent projects


Experience with the preparation and use of traditional gesso and bole as well as experience handling loose leaf. Water Gilding: Foundation Study, Introduction to Traditional Materials & Techniques is encouraged but not mandatory.

Other Water Gilding Workshops

Intermediate Panel & Furniture Gilding

Deepen your understanding of the materials and refine your use of techniques.

Water Gilding for Panels & Furniture

A Foundation in Traditional Materials & Techniques

Water Gilding for Visual Artists

A Foundation in Traditional Materials & Techniques

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