How to Make the Color Gold in Paint

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How to Make the Color Gold in Paint
Blending paint with a paintbrush to create the colour gold (gold and silver paint image by Andrew Brown from

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

  • Teaspoon
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep acrylic paint (or similar colour)
  • Raw Sienna acrylic paint (or similar colour)
  • Paintbrush
  • 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

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Blend 1 tsp. Titanium White acrylic paint with the previously mixed paint. Mixed well, the combination creates a lighter golden colour.

  3. 3

    Add 1/2 tsp. Chromatic Black acrylic paint to the mixed paint. After blended well, this creates a darker golden colour.

  4. 4

    Add 1/2 tsp. Cobalt Violet acrylic paint to the mixed paint. Combining them thoroughly creates a duller golden colour.

  5. 5

    Pulse 1 tsp of gold glitter quickly in a food processor.

  6. 6

    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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