Gold Leaf Techniques

Nanc Gordon

Saturday, March 31st

10 AM - 4 PM


Workshop Description

Make your artwork shine with Gold Leaf!

Learn Gold leaf techniques from this informative workshop! We’ll start with a demonstration in the morning, followed by hands-on practice in the afternoon. Participants will create their own gold leaf boards under the guidance of an experienced fine art painter.

Gold leaf will bring an illuminating quality to your paintings and create beautiful surfaces. It can be used as a center of interest or an entire background. Gustave Klimt’s “The Kiss” and “ The Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I” are great examples of the exquisite use of gold leaf in paintings.

We’ll cover multiple techniques and discuss various applications. Imitation gold leaf will be used for the workshop.

You will learn how to:

• Set up an effective work space

• Use a clearly defined step-by-step process to apply gold leaf

• Create smooth and textured surfaces

• Seal and protect the leaf

• Use glazes for various effects


Nanc Gordon is a fine art painter working in Dallas in watercolor and acrylic. Nanc has participated in numerous exhibitions and won a number of awards. She is a member of the Southwest Watercolor Society and The American Watercolor Society.

Nanc has a certificate in Decorative Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Parsons School of Design. She worked in New York and Boston as a graphic designer. Additionally, Nanc had her own decorative painting business catering to individual clients and interior designers specializing in high-end furniture and floorcloths. Gilding was used in her furniture to create custom finishes.

Supplies list

Provided: Metal leaf, sizing and other gilding items included in the workshop fee.

Please bring these additional supplies: 

Golden Fluid Acrylic paints:

•Red Oxide, Carbon Black, Pyrrole Red (base colors)

•Quinacridone Crimson, Raw Umber (for glazing)

Golden Products:

Golden acrylic glazing liquid

Golden GAC 200 medium

Golden molding paste 


4 - 8” x 10” Speedball gessoed hardboard panels (can be found at Dick Blick)


Palette knife

Palette paper or mixing plates

Flat 1” soft Bristle brush

Flat 2” soft Bristle brush


Wax paper

Plain newsprint paper (no print, 18” x 24”)

Small empty jar with lid


Hair dryer

Water container

Paper towels

Soft lint free rags