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More Gold Experimentation

More Gold Experimentation

I’m on a quest to find the best “gold” products to use in my art.  Today, I tested out metallic pens (gold, silver and one copper-colored).  I was looking for pens that had permanent, waterproof ink with various line point sizes and a high metallic sheen.

WATERPROOF:  They all worked really well.  Only the Uniball Gel Impact pen and the Sharpie Copper Paint Marker had a small amount of ink bleed when painted over with several strokes of clear water, and largely unnoticeable if not on white paper.

COLOR COMPARISON: The gold Sharpie oil-based paint pen has an antique gold color versus it’s water-based version which is a bright gold.  The Sharpie silver markers were pretty similar in color with the oil-based marker colors a little more tarnished in color than the bright shiny silver of the water-based paint markers.

SHEEN:  The gold water-based paint markers had the highest sheen actually reflecting light back as a true metal would.  The silver paint markers all had a similar metallic sheen.  The Permanent markers had the least sheen with no reflection.

FEEL:  I loved the smooth feel of the paint flowing from the pen tips.  Though as the pens run low on ink, application coverage can become spotty and uneven.

POINT SIZE:  The pen line-width designations (fine, extra fine, 1.2mm, 1.0mm) weren’t all that accurate with “fine” widths varying widely between markers.

All in all, they worked well.  As the permanent markers had the least sheen, I would substitute paint markers pens for them instead.  Use fixative with the Uniball Gel and the Sharpie Copper markers if you plan to paint over your marks.  You can use the oil-based pens with your oil paintings and the water-based pens with your acrylic paintings.


The Gold Rush of 2014


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.

Metallic Gold Paint Chart

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.