Art of Gold Leaf Workshops
Name: Art of Gold Leaf Workshops
Date: May 30, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Gold leaf is actual gold beaten into delicate, translucent leaves. Described by American artist Charles Prendergast as " …like a half-solidified piece of sunlight" , gold leaf is a delicate, amazing medium. It’s beautiful, delicate, and translucent properties will be studied in this 2-day workshop, and you will learn how gold is used in water gilding, the art of applying genuine gold leaf onto a meticulously prepared surface using a water-based adhesive. The gilded surface is then highlighted by pressing the gold with a special burnishing tool transforming it to a brilliant mirror-like luster. Students will receive a pre-gessoed, sanded piece upon which they will brush on the colored substrate and prep it for gold. Students will learn how to use the gilder's tools of the trade to apply the gold leaf and how to use the burnisher to transform the gilded surface. The completed piece is then sealed with lacquer and yours to keep. Come learn the lost art of gilding!