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Florentine Gilding Techniques

3 Day workshop| Last held in August 2017 | With Special Guest Instructor: Alison Woolley

This three-day workshop focuses on decorating wooden panels and mouldings using time-honored Italian gilding techniques. Learn to gild wooden furniture and frames, as well as architectural elements for interiors; create lovely rich works of art and accessories using gold and silver leaf, paint, and Florentine methods. Open to all levels: participants may choose their projects according to their level of experience.

  • Proper preparation of wooden and plaster grounds: both historical and modern techniques.
  • Understanding the materials and tools used in traditional gilding
  • Florentine methods for water gilding and mordant gilding
  • decorative techniques for gilded surfaces such as punch work, incising, sgraffito, and tempera painting.
  • popular European painted finishes such as decapé (French country), Gustavian, and Crème peint.
  • Class Fee

    Includes: Wooden mouldings, border patterns, 1 book 22k gold, Italian frame, detailed notes, and project materials for use in class, gesso, bole, paint, etc.


    Lynne Rutter Studio | 2325 3rd St. #207, San Francisco, CA 94107 (MAP)

    Class hours:

    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM


    • Reservations for this class are currently closed. Please contact the studio for details about this or other classes at Lynne Rutter Studio.
  • WELCOME to the workshop page!

    COVID-19 NOTICE: Due to the pandemic, all classes are suspended until further notice. Please stay safe!

    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... 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! 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. "