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Gilder's gesso, made from calcium carbonate and rabbit skin glue, forms the ground for traditional water gilding and in turn allows the applied gold leaf to be burnished to a lustrous glow. As centuries pass, the movement of the gessoed wood and environmental factors cause a distinct crackling in the gesso layer adding further aesthetic complexity as can be seen on such objects as 13th-15th C gilded panel paintings of Italy as can be seen in the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries of Florence.
During this five day intensive workshop students will be taken through each step of the crackled gesso traditional water gilding process, from sizing the wood and preparing the crackle gesso to laying genuine 23k gold leaf and toning. A book of 23k gold leaf and a raw wood panel will be provided for students to gild and take home.
All materials and use of gilding tools are available for class use. For those interested in acquiring their own gilder’s tools, a specially selected Traditional Water Gilding Kit is available. Visit Gildedplanet.com at www.gildedplanet.com/watergildingclasses.html for more details. Use promo Code GSclass2016 for a student discount.