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Decorative Gilding
dates TBA | Instructor: Lynne Rutter

In this intensive 3 day workshop, learn numerous techniques for gilding decorative objects and frames, adding gilt accents to furniture or architectural features, and creating beautiful gilt surfaces for artwork. This class takes a practical approach to incorporating gilding into your work by emphasizing an understanding of proper preparation, application, and finishing techniques.
Participants will create their own set of decorative gilding samples and will complete a dazzling class project from a selection of designs incorporating gilding, ornament, and painting, according to their level of experience.

  • Appropriate and effective choices of materials, both historic and modern.
  • Techniques for traditional water gilding
  • Making and using traditional materials: rabbit skin glue, gesso, bole, egg tempera, and shellac.
  • Mordant or “oil” gilding , using genuine gold leaf as well as composition metal leaf.
  • Sgraffito, punchwork, and other decorative techniques for decorative gilt surfaces
  • Compatible paints and finishing techniques for gilt surfaces.

class fee:

$tba | materials fee:
  • includes sample mouldings, project panels, paints and media used in class, designs, and detailed class notes.
  • Materials fee includes gilding tools, one book of 22 karat gold leaf, 3 books composition leaf.


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

Class hours:

10 AM - 5:00 PM.


Space is limited to 6 participants, and advance registration is required.
  • Reservations are not being accepted at this time. Conact the studio for more information

    Beautiful work from our most recent workshop!

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... 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. "