Water-Gilding Course

Water-Gilding Course

Learn the traditional art of water-gilding

Live via Zoom


Learn how to water-gild from start to finish; from the foundational preparation of the surface, to the leaf laying and burnishing and to the sealing and toning of the water-gilding. The class will involve live and interactive demonstrations of water-gilding from gilder and artisan frame maker Reuben Rich. Students will spend most of their class time working hands-on with guidance and support. Students will receive a box in the mail full of ingredients, specialised tools, instructions and recipes for water-gilding and prepared surfaces for use in the class time. As the class size will be no more than 10, we will ensure that each student receives individualised attention and support to learn this tricky skill. This class is suitable for beginners and aims to teach students to an intermediate level of skill and knowledge in the practice

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What you will learn

  • Students will learn how to water-gild from start to finish with an experienced and creative gilder.

What you will get

  • Students will receive a box in the mail with most of the tools and materials needed. A gilders pack will be included, with a gilder's pad, gilder's knife, gilder's tips and agate burnisher. There will be lots of prepared surfaces included in the box of goodies along with 2 picture frames that will be ready for gilding and finishing.

What to bring

  • Students will need access to a heated and still room for water-gilding in. There will be a few ingredients that students will need to source themselves which are usually easy to find in most supermarkets or hardware store

What to wear

Wear something comfortable where you can roll your sleeves up

Appropriate for

This is a beginner level course

Rich and Davis

(2 Reviews)

We are artisan picture and gallery frame makers, carvers and gilders sharing our knowledge to a diverse crowd of talented and inquiring makers and artists. We run gilding courses sporadically throughout the year and teach the traditional art of water-gilding, using precious leaf such as white gold, 22K and 23K gold leaf. 

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5.0 (2 reviews)
Juliarated it
17 Sep 2021Water-Gilding Course
This was a fabulous on-line course! Over 8 weeks we learned all aspects of water gilding. The course was well structured with plenty of hands on gilding practice. Charley and Reuben were great teachers, patient, and encouraging. They were so generous in sharing their wealth of skill and knowledge. Gilding really is alchemy in the guise of craft, science and art! I thoroughly recommend it to all those who like a bit of bling in their life!
Bronwynrated it
15 Sep 2021Water-Gilding Course
I loved this course. The instructors were very helpful and skilled and allowed me time to work through each task. I feel confident now to keep practising and to create my own projects.

Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


You may cancel anytime before class starts and claim a full refund or transfer or credit note.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Rich and Davis or organised by Rich and Davis must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Rich and Davis


I agree to give Rich and Davis unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Rich and Davis  classes and events or on Rich and Davis premises. (For use of Rich and Davis marketing materials).


Rich and Davis requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class commencing for a refund, transfer or credit.


In the event that a class is cancelled by Rich and Davis, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund, transfer or credit.

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