Picture framing, gilding, decorative finishes and upholstery

Beaten gold – the art of loose-leaf oil and water gilding with Judy Wetherall

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Learn traditional techniques of water and oil gilding for new surfaces. Water gilding, suitable for wooden objects, is practised as you gild a small mirror or frame by applying layers of gesso and coloured bole, before laying the gold leaf, burnishing and pattern tooling. Oil gilding, suitable for both interior and exterior uses, is also introduced and practised as you learn how to prepare small objects in a wide range of base materials to gild, again with traditional beaten gold leaf.


Judy Wetherall

Following graduation in Conservation from Brighton and the City and Guilds of London Art School, studying in Italy and Germany, Judy established her reputation working on gilding, japanning, polychrome and period paint. She is a Churchill Fellow, and 2015 winner of the Lord Balfour of Burleigh Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship. She is passionate about her work, and her infectious enthusiasm has led her to teach in many institutions. Her life's-work portfolio is impressive, and includes work for National Trust, English Heritage; Royal Collections; Globe theatre; Churches and Cathedrals; Guildhall Art Gallery and numerous private clients.


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