How to Make the Color Gold in Paint

Updated July 20, 2017

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.

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.


If you are not using acrylic paint, omit adding gold glitter to the paint because it is not archival.

Things You'll 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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South Florida resident Angela Faustina Kramer has been a freelance writer and photographer since 2007. Her writing and artwork has appeared in local magazines like “Edible Sarasota Magazine.” Kramer is a recent graduate of New College of Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Arts with honors in fine art/history.