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Gilding for Painters
Two-Day Workshop

Friday March 30- Saturday March 31, 2018 | Instructor: Lynne Rutter

This class is being taught through the auspices of the Society of Gilders
In this two-day workshop, learn practical uses of gilding for flat and painted surfaces: as a finish itself, as a rich background for artwork, and as an accent to painted ornament. Using different types of metal leaf including genuine gold, composition leaf, aluminum, copper, and various applications methods, participants will create their own set of gilding samples in hands-on practice.
Emphasis will be given to proper preparation, finishing techniques and decorative uses, as well as appropriate and effective choices of materials both traditional and modern.

Take your work to a much higher level of finesse! This class may serve as an introduction to the fine art of gilding, but those with previous gilding experience will have ample opportunity to improved their techniques in this intensive workshop.

Not just for frames anymore: gilding can be used as a brilliant finished surface or as part of painted ornament.

  • Mordant or “oil” gilding for painted surfaces using genuine gold leaf as well as composition metal leaf.
  • Best practices for preparation of gilt surfaces
  • Effective methods to laying leaf in a perfect grid pattern
  • Finishing techniques for gilt surfaces using traditional and modern materials.
  • Gilding used with stencils, pinstriping, and other decorative techniques
  • Practical considerations for using gilding as the base for artwork or as an accent for ornament
  • discussion of traditional water gilding and the differences between techniques and uses.

class fee:

includes materials fee of $150
materials fee includes one book each of 22 karat gold, composition leaf, aluminum, copper leaf, and all materials and painted panels used in class. Detailed class notes are also included.

discounted fee:

$775 for Society of Gilders members
includes materials fee, and savings of $50! Login at SOG to get your discount.


Lynne Rutter Studio | 2325 3rd St. #207, San Francisco, CA (map)

class hours:

10 AM to 5 PM.


  • Reservations may be made via the Society of Gilders website.
  • SOG members, please log in to receive your discount.
  • If you are not a Society of Gilders member, join now to receive a discount on this and other gilding classes!
  • contact the studio with any questions about this or other classes, or to inquire about private instruction.

    mural painted on copper-gilt canvas by Lynne Rutter

WELCOME to the workshop page!

Lynne Rutter Studio occasionally hosts decorative painting and mural classes and specialized workshops on the finer points of decorative art, gilding, and finishing, taught hands-on by established, practicing artists in a spacious, working atelier. Classes emphasize traditional techniques and materials and practical methods.

Contact the studio with questions, or to be added to the email list.


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"What a great, immersive experience, to learn something- really learn something I can use- in such a wonderful space... "

"Thank you Lynne! I loved everything about this class- the work, your generous teaching and humor, the magnificent studio space, and the great food! Please let me know as soon as you schedule another class!"

"I just finished an entire 10 by 12 foot cloud ceiling in a little over one day all by myself. It came out awesome and I have you to thank for teaching me how to paint clouds so easily. I amazed myself and my client."

"This is what I want to do and you have totally encouraged me to do it. I didn't want to leave your studio, I had to much fun..."

"Of course I wear a tiara while I am painting. Doesn't everyone?"

"Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us. I haven't been so inspired in so long! Looking forward to more classes. "