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Gilding for Painters
Two-Day Workshop

last held in June 2019 | new dates TBA | Instructor: Lynne Rutter

A special workshop on the 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. Don't just glue metal onto your work with some craft kit, find out what it takes to elevate that idea to real gilding that make your work truly shine!
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.
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.

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. Bring your projects, ideas, and questions so we can tailor the class to your needs.

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 both traditional and modern materials.
  • 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.


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


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    mural painted on copper-gilt canvas by Lynne Rutter

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

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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. "