Photography Gilding Workshop. Artwork © Solange Roberdeau
Artwork © Solange Roberdeau

Copper Leaf Gilding

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Learn how to apply copper leaf gilding to a photograph in this two-day online art workshop.
with Solange Roberdeau

Do you love the look of gold gilding? What about creating your own gold leaf photography?

Learn how to apply a contemporary variation of the ancient gilding technique to your photography by using this alternative: copper leaf gilding. Use your own photographs, paper, or mixed media art to experiment with various metal leaf gilding possibilities in this weekend workshop.

Visual artist Solange Roberdeau will demonstrate contemporary gilding and describe the various gold leaf gilding supplies she uses during each Zoom session. Afterward, you can dive right in and experiment with the process.

Solange will provide a material list of the materials necessary for copper leaf gilding, which can be purchased online before the start of the workshop. Basic materials include: copper leaf flakes, a bottle of gilding size, a bottle of fluid acrylic, a calligraphy brush, and some watercolor paper.

You’ll learn how to apply copper leaf sheets, copper leaf flakes, and loose copper pigment to photographs as well as textural, mixed media surfaces. Additionally, you’ll learn tips for incorporating other materials such as thread, fabric, and organic material, and even how to experiment with copper oxide colour to get a green patina on copper!

At the end of the online workshop, you’ll have made samples of your own for future use that show each step of the technique. And of course your own gilded pieces of artwork!

Please login to Zoom each day with your own photographs and/or artwork on any surface ready for copper leaf gilding.


Instructor Bio


Solange RoberdeauSolange Roberdeau


Solange is a visual artist and art educator whose own work explores perception and seeking out the creative potential in our immediate environments through materials, gesture and response to place. She works primarily in paper, sumi ink and with contemporary gilding in her own studio practice. She received a BFA in Printmaking from RISD and an MFA in Studio Art from MICA. From 2006 to 2012 Solange worked in the studio of the painter Robert Kushner where she specialized in his version of gilding. She has since gone on to give lessons in this technique at venues including Kala Art Institute, San Francisco Center for the Book, Concept Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. She has been the recipient of several artists grants including from the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany CT and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos NM.


Workshop presented by The Image Flow Photography Center, providing photography classes, custom printing services, and fine art reproduction.



About Zoom


Zoom is video conferencing software that allows us to video chat and share our screens all using our computer’s built-in video camera and microphone. Setting up a Zoom account is easy and free. Just got to the Zoom website to create a username and download the software onto your computer (not your phone). Never used Zoom? Check out their support page for How to Join a Zoom Meeting.

Saturday, Sunday

December 4 & 5, 2021


Online: Live via Zoom

Who Should Take This Workshop

Anyone ages 18 or older, interested in copper leaf gilding

Pertinent Details

  • Two, 2-hour Video Sessions via Zoom (4 hours total)
  • Maximum fifteen (15) students
  • Ages 18 and older
  • Zoom meeting links will be sent by email

Workshop Fee Includes

  • Students must order their own materials (material list provided by instructor)

Required Materials

  • Your own paper, photographs, and/or artwork for gilding (required)
  • Students must order their own materials (material list provided by instructor)
  • Ability to steady a paintbrush is a must
  • A computer with video camera and microphone access (like an iMac or Macbook)
  • Zoom installed on the same computer
  • Working knowledge of Zoom

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