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Achieve a high quality finish by learning to prepare surfaces properly and apply gold leaf to picture frames etc. If you would like to be notified when new dates are available please sign up to my mailing list from my homepage.
Stock Code: 1465915177


This is an intensive but relaxing  5 day course suitable for beginners or those wanting to hone their skills. All courses will be taught personally by Philip Hodge and comprehensive notes will be given to each student.

Gilding has a long and rich history and we will be spending a little time looking at the background to gilding. However we will be concentrating largely on the practical application of different gilding theories and methods , including; traditional oil gilding, traditional water gilding, modern materials and techniques, and gilding on glass. The biggest part of the course is "hands on", with students working on gilding projects.

Gilding Course - Materials

All materials will be provided as part of the course fee. This includes a personal gilding kit for you to use on the course and then take home to use afterwards. The personal gilding kit includes 3 different brushes, a gilders cushion, gilders knife, gilders tip, squirrel mop  and a book of gold leaf. Comprehensive course notes will be supplied

You will work on 7 different supplied projects. During this process, amongst other things, you will learn:

  • How to make and apply gesso and poliment;
  • The application of loose leaf gold and other materials to correctly prepared surfaces, including glass.

Within the course you will learn to apply different gilding systems, and you should be able to finish all of your projects. If not, you will of course be able to finish them in your own time at home.

Along the way you will be shown the value of choosing both the right materials and good quality products and attention to detail.

By the end of the course you should have acquired enough information and practical skills to be able to successfully complete your own gilding projects at home.

I would recommend that you wear an apron or other protective clothing -  Course Aprons Available to buy for £15

Booking A Gilding Course

For available dates for this course please click on drop down box  To see a list of dates for all Philip Hodge courses please look at the Published Courses page. 

You can book all courses directly from this website. A stock control system is integral to the website so you can book a place on a course confident in the knowledge that space is available. Of course, if you wish to contact me before booking your course you are welcome to phone or email me with your questions. All course  fees can be paid can be paid through the website via Paypal. You do not need to have a Paypal account yourself - just a valid credit or debit card.  If you prefer to pay by cheque or some other method then you can still reserve your place on a course by either selecting the "buy now pay later" option when booking on the site or contacting me by email or phone. 



I have been gilding for 3 years already and still learnt a lot from Philip

Really enjoyed the course. I have been gilding for 3 years already and still learnt a lot from Philip. I will leave with the confidence to complete most if not all of my projects in the foreseeable future."
Callum, UK

Well structured course

A well structured course with an exhaustive amount of practical experience. Well done Philip!
Neil, Scotland

Excellent course

Congratulations on an excellent course and I hope to put some of the learnings into practice.
Graham, UK

Great help to me

Feel that it was big learning curve - will be of great help to me. Looking forward to my next 2 cou
Angie, UK

The week flew by

Many thanks Philip for looking after us & making the week fly by.
Linda, UK

Great Week

Many thanks for a great week.
Paul, UK

Thank you

Thank you for your patience.
Fran, UK

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