Mixing paint to create your own colours is easy. All you need is acrylic paint and a brief introduction to colour theory, which is the visual effect certain colours have on one another. Every colour has three qualities that change when paint is mixed: hue, value and saturation. Hue describes a specific, pure colour, such as yellow. Value refers to the colour lightness or darkness. Saturation is the brightness or dullness of a colour. By manipulating these three qualities, you can create the colour gold.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Cadmium Yellow Deep acrylic paint (or similar colour)
- Raw Sienna acrylic paint (or similar colour)
- Titanium White acrylic paint (or similar colour)
- Chromatic Black acrylic paint (or similar colour)
- Cobalt Violet acrylic paint (or similar colour)
- Gold glitter
- Food processor
Mix 2 tsp. Cadmium Yellow Deep acrylic paint with 1 tsp. Raw Sienna acrylic paint. Use a paintbrush to blend the paints into a bright, golden colour.
Blend 1 tsp. Titanium White acrylic paint with the previously mixed paint. Mixed well, the combination creates a lighter golden colour.
Add 1/2 tsp. Chromatic Black acrylic paint to the mixed paint. After blended well, this creates a darker golden colour.
Add 1/2 tsp. Cobalt Violet acrylic paint to the mixed paint. Combining them thoroughly creates a duller golden colour.
Pulse 1 tsp of gold glitter quickly in a food processor.
Combine the gold glitter and the blended paint well. This gives a metallic shine to the paint.
Tips and warnings
- If you are not using acrylic paint, omit adding gold glitter to the paint because it is not archival.
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