I am fond of adding metallic gold to my work but I’ve had a hard time finding a material that is both shiny and easy to use. Gold leaf is beautiful but expensive and messy to work with. This is my quest to find a paint product that mimics the gold leaf look. Below is my labeled swatch chart showcasing seventeen different metallic paint/ink products that I tested.
GOLD PAINT: For this test, I applied two coats of each product. You can see each gold swatch has a distinctive gold color. My favorites are both of the Golden Acrylics, the Daley Rowney liquid acrylic, the Versatex screen printing ink, the Martha Stewart and Folk Art craft acrylic. These paints are easy to apply and impart a lovely sheen. I dislike the Blick acrylics which have a strange plastic quality that makes it difficult to get a smooth, even application.
For a silver paint, the Utrecht silver acrylic (I’m sure Golden has a good one too) is the clear choice. The Blick version is too gray and not reflective.
For textured gold, Martha Living has a nice Glitter finish. The Metallic finish is less impressive, as the particles in the heavy gold paint seemed to dull the sheen. Golden’s mica flake acrylic paint is a unique product with the flakes suspended in a gel medium that dries clear. It comes in two size flakes, small (seen here) and large.
If you are looking for an oil base paint, Rust-oleum’s Metallic Gold Paint covers well with just one coat but has strong fumes and used only when wearing a respirator.
I’d love to hear any other products people have used that they recommend. Thanks.