Intermediate Panel & Furniture Gilding

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

Independent Study

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 the skills needed to work with scale, design and color in relation to traditional methods of panel and furniture water gilding. You will receive six days of hands-on instruction, learning techniques to create consistent application, remedy flaws, and to manage the production of multiple panels.

This is an opportunity to practice handling materials and to deepen your understanding of their nuanced use. You will learn how to prepare and gild different size panels, mock-up furniture samples and story boards on a variety of substrates.



Class Size

4–5 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

  • How to manipulate color and design using various bole and pigment application
  • Tips and techniques for working on a variety of substrates
  • Techniques in double gilding and burnishing
  • How to detect and remedy flaws
  • Best practices for preparing and gilding different size panels, mock-up furniture samples and storyboard
  • Various options for top coating with protective finish
  • How to plan, design layouts and manage the production of multiple panels
  • 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

Methods of Embellishment, Patina & Toning

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

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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