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02-18-2019, 12:42 PM
I'm looking for the best gold oil paint but there seems that even in this day & age, there aren't many customer photos so I can kind of compare. Has anyone tried multiple brands?

02-18-2019, 03:24 PM
Yellow ochre. I'm serious. For objects made of gold, yellow ochre, plus a touch of red for the warmer flickers of gold.

But if you mean you want to paint a large flat area with literally gold, then gold leaf is the best. If you want paint instead, I have only tried 2 brands - Lukas gold, which is absolute cr*p, and Rembrandt Gold Light, which is ok.

Colorful Easel
02-18-2019, 03:52 PM
I agree with Allison. What I do is render the base coat with variants of Yellow Ochre, Hansa Yellow (or Cadmium Yellow Light) and Burnt Umber, then glaze it Winsor & Newton Gold. Two layers. :D

02-19-2019, 07:08 AM
Hi Tirawen,

I donít have any experience with gold oil paint, but I remembered reading this blog post by Mitch Albala about his experiences with gold gesso and gold oil paint.

http://https://blog.mitchalbala.com/gold-gesso-ground-as-a-metaphor-of-light-in-landscape-painting/ (https://blog.mitchalbala.com/gold-gesso-ground-as-a-metaphor-of-light-in-landscape-painting/)

Hope it helps!


02-19-2019, 11:26 AM
Good information - thank you all.

02-20-2019, 12:21 AM
I don't have anything to offer regarding the different brands of gold oil paint; although I have a few of them, I don't use them enough to make an informed decision or give advice.

But, in regard to the advice above about gold gesso, I have a different tip. Instead of using gold gesso, which is expensive, you can easily just use regular gesso and then do a coat of acrylic gold paint on top of it to make the surface gold. Golden makes several versions of gold acrylic paint (different in terms of consistency and typical use) and you really can't go wrong with that brand.

02-20-2019, 08:55 AM
I went to see a Rembrandt collection at the Met and my sister-in-law asked if Rembrandt used Gold Paint for the various jewelry items etc. She just could not believe he actually used colors highlights and shading without actual Gold paint to convince the viewer that the items were "Golden".

Keith Russell
02-20-2019, 10:03 AM
When you look at a photograph of a gold object, you know that there is no metallic pigment in the photo.

Metallic (shiny/glossy) objects reflect the objects (and their colours) around them.

02-23-2019, 06:53 AM
There's a big difference to painting an object that is made of gold, like a gold necklace on a portrait piece and painting a flat area of colour that you wish to achieve a gold leaf effect.
For the flat area of colour, like a halo, I use Schmincke Oil powders that you mix with their medium - they are 'oil based' but I don't think they are intended to mix with regular oils.
Hope this helps.

02-23-2019, 09:33 AM
I have only used Winsor Newton Gold oil paint, it seems fine to me, here is a piece in progress that I used it on, it is in progress so the eyes, etc. are not done yet.


I have also done gold objects with it, like a candle holder, it's neat stuff, but I like to use stuff other people tell me not to use :lol:

02-24-2019, 04:14 AM
I also use W&N artist gold paint, but eh.. be warned, it takes ages to dry so be prepared for that. I haven't compared it to other brands so I can't really say if it is best, but it meets my need. I'm sure gold foil is the best way, but I'm too afraid to try it.

You just have to know what kind of effect you want to go for, a shiny/magical effect or a realistic gold effect? If you wanted the latter, you'll have to do it manually with normal pigments.