Learn all the beautiful techniques of real gold leafing: gilding on clear, unblasted glass (called burnished gilding, which produces a gold mirror finish), gilding sandblasted surfaces (matte gilding), controlled glue chipping, gilding glue chipped surfaces, using different colors of gold leaf, variegated leaf, abalone shell inlay, more. Co-taught by Ruth Dobbins and Bill Hueg, a premier gold leaf artist who has been gold leafing for over 25 years. Students in these classes are amazed at how much they learn in just 3 days.
This intensive seminar will take you from novice to knowledge in 3 days. It is for anyone who has never gold leafed before or anyone who has only learned one of the two major gold leafing techniques, or anyone who has only been leafing for a year or two and wants a refresher.
In addition to the techniques mentioned above, students will learn about the specific materials and tools needed for gold leafing. Materials include different sizes (adhesives), the different qualities of gold from different manufacturers, the actual gold and other metallic leaves available, tinting colors for sizes, bronze and mica powders and more. "Tools" are specific brushes for applying sizes and the gold leaves. Using the right brushes for the job is an important part of gold leafing.
Students will complete 3 terrific projects in class. Because of the multitude of techniques taught, sometimes students come back for 2 of these seminars to get really good at all of them. We even have more advanced gold leafers come to brush up on techniques they haven't used recently.
NOTE: Gold Leaf Techniques is a great companion book to this class and a required reference book for anyone doing gold leafing!
Important note about class costs: The Level 1 class fee includes all materials. The Level 2 fee DOES NOT include materials, because students can approach the project in different ways, using different amounts of materials. See the schedule page.