by Ellie Jakeman August 18, 2021
Following on from our earlier article 'What Gold is Gold', this article provides detailed information about Silver products for every discipline under the overarching title of Art, Design and Craft! What Silver is Silver: What brands provide paint, pens, markers, aerosol sprays and inks. Descriptions of products that will provide the best application for your project in terms of ease of use, flow, creative coverage, sheen, and lustre!
Many disciplines in Art, Design, Illustration, Hobby and Decorative Arts and Craft use metallic finishes, the more ornate the more beautiful! Not just confined to the Christmas holiday 'Season's Greetings' cards, metallics are used more than ever before and we have a huge range to satisfy your every whim and creative need, lots of products, suitable for use on many varied and different surfaces such as paper, glass, plastic, fabrics, wood, canvas and metal! Below is a comprehensive and extensive list of mediums linked directly to the product pages for ease of purchase.
Not only do we have a huge range of Fine Art and Craft acrylic and oil based metallic mediums, we even stock Watercolour brands which now boast metallic paints that work on black and white surfaces!
Striking on both black and white surfaces, the Derwent Metallic Paint Pan Set includes 12 unique shades that mix beautifully to create a full spectrum of metallic colour. Apply in creamy opaque strokes, to layer and blend on the page. Suitable for a range of fine art or craft projects. Contains 12 Metallic paint pans, a mini water brush, a sponge and five mixing palettes.
Colour Palette - Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pale Gold, Sunset, Red, Pink, Purple, Blue, Ice Blue, Lime Gold, Green
This practical set contains 12 pans, a travel brush and a built-in mixing area, made of easy to clean white plastic and small enough to fit comfortably in the hand or pocket ideal for travelling.
Van Gogh Watercolour Paints have a brilliant, intense and highly transparent quality and all the colours have the highest degree of lightfastness. The 12 half pan metallic & interference watercolour paints will be a great addition for all artists to use the set contains: silver, light gold, deep gold, bronze, copper, graphite, interference white, interference yellow, interference red, interference blue, interference violet and interference green.
Pocket size selection is ideal for travelling 12 half pans, brush and palette set Metallic and Interference colours Removable mixing tray Small and compact to fit in your hand or pocket.
These paints work extremely well with Van Gogh Black Water colour Paper.
Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache paints are a range of brilliant opaque water colours for designers, visualisers, illustrators and fine artists.
Popular among designers, illustrators and commercial artists, our gouache paint is perfect for creating bold, vibrant artworks. All these tones are intermixable and you can pair them with our watercolours for a flat, matte colour effect.
Our selection of 28 colours are the most popular from the range.
Roberson Liquid Metals have a rich deep colour and are ideal for a range of applications and surfaces. All colours are intermixable and can be used on surfaces such as plaster, wood, paper & canvas. The paint gives the appearance of metal but will not tarnish and is not required to be varnished. All colours are intermixable. Can be diluted with water and dries waterproof. Coverage: 7 square metres per litre.
Soap and Water washes brushes.
Please note: The 'Twinkle' colour is part of the series 2 range and is a higher price than the others which are all part of series 1.
Twinkle: This variation of liquid metals produces colour changing effects with a hint of glitter. The use of different backgrounds will change the effects, for example dark backgrounds will show the glitter properties whereas light backgrounds provide a colour changing effect depending on angle of view. It can be added to other colours to create a range of interesting effects.
Ready to use water based liquid poster paint in shiny metallic colours. This top grade liquid tempera delivers a lustrous metallic effect. It is very rich and vibrant in colour and has a thick texture with good coverage making it a real pleasure to use. Clean brushes with water and soap after use.
Acrylic paints made from high quality eco-friendly water based pigments and finest acrylic emulsions. Ideal for Established Artists and Students of Art. Thicker consistency, use with a palette knife or brushes. Impasto applications retain knife or brush marks. Excellent blending and mixing characteristics. High pigment loading - rich, brilliant colours. 31 Lightfast & durable colours. Waterproof when dry. Highly versatile, dries to a low gloss surface on high impasto areas and a soft satin finish on thinner applications. Only £3.85 per 200ml tube!
Your choice for colour. The Amsterdam Standard Series gives you the broadest range of brilliant, pure colours - all skilfully made based on 100% acrylic emulsion and high quality pigments. Enjoy great lightfastness and a variety of opacities. Thinnable with water and waterproof when dry.
6 x 20ml Metallic Tubes. Colours include: Silver, Light Gold, Deep Gold, Copper, Bronze,
INNOVATIVE, ELEGANT, HANDY AND JUST FEELS RIGHT.
Sennelier Abstract a new twist on heavy body acrylic. Highly pigmented for rich colour with superb coverage, smooth buttery consistency with enough body to hold brush marks and peaks makes this the perfect paint to use in the studio, out in the field or straight from the pouch in your hand. The paint is kept safe in a study, flexible, plastic pouch which features a screw-top cap so no spills and no split tubes or cracked pots if dropped or stepped on.
The clear window in the pouch makes it easy and quick to know at a glance what colour you'll be using and what it'll look like before it hits the palette. Permanent and water-resistant when dry. Available in 55 colours with a satin finish.
Daler-Rowney System3 Acrylics are versatile water-based colours made from high quality pigments. System3 Acrylic colours are lightfast, permanent (ranking from 3 to 4 stars for most of the colours), opaque (10 opaque and 20 semi-opaque colours), flexible and quick drying, making them suitable for applications on multiple surfaces both indoor and outdoor.
High quality pigments, superior pigment loading allowing it to be thinned with water.
Excellent lightfastness and permanence (36 colours). Smooth acrylic resin binder for a creamy, medium body viscosity. High versatility: multi-surfaces, indoor and outdoor, ideal for mixed media... Excellent adhesion. Intermixable with acrylic mediums. Can be used on any paper, art board, wooden panels and canvas.
Reeves Metallic Acrylic Paint Set 4 x 75ml
Reeves Fine Acrylic Colours are quick drying and water based. Suitable for a variety of different techniques and surfaces ( canvas, paper, wood etc) their versatility makes them popular with many artists. Reeves Fine Acrylic Colours are made with high quality pigments and offer a smooth buttery consistency and apply easily with a brush and painting knife . Good tinting strength. Good covering power.
This selection of Metallic Colours allows the artist to create a rich gilded look, with a shimmering and bright finish.
Colours 4 x 75ml tubes: Silver, Copper, Bronze and Gold.
The original line of GOLDEN artist acrylic is known for its exceptionally smooth, thick consistency. It contains the largest assortment of unique pure pigments in a 100% acrylic dispersion polymer available to the professional artist. These colours offer excellent permanency and lightfastness. There are no fillers, extenders, opacifiers, toners or dyes added. Each colour is formulated differently depending on the nature of the pigment.
Features: Densely pigmented for intense colour and stability, Paints arranged in series 1-9 based on pigment used. No added matting or gloss agents so each colour will dry with a finish unique to the pigment load. Superior body and hold, paint will retain stiff curls and peaks even before adding additional mediums. Intermixable with GOLDEN High Flow, Fluid and all GOLDEN Mediums. Water based, clean with soap and water after use.
This low viscosity professional acrylic paint gives excellent coverage, a satin finish and high levels of artist-quality pigment for archival brilliance. It's incredibly versatile. Use it to paint, pour, glaze or print on all the regular supports you'd use for painting like canvas, wood, paper and board.
Features: Low viscosity, Highly pigmented, Satin finish, Retains subtle brush strokes, Great surface coverage, Highly versatile.
Piñata Colours are highly saturated, fast-drying alcohol inks for any hard surface, including glass, metal, plastic, ceramic, stone, leather, resin, polymer clay, YUPO and more. Indelible and impervious to water, Piñata Colours clean up with alcohol and re-wet themselves, allowing for unique effects and techniques not easily achieved with water-based inks. As a dye-based, highly transparent ink Piñata Colours are unparalleled for vibrancy. Only the most lightfast dyes have been selected for the palette. Acid-free with excellent adhesive properties, Piñata Colours are the go-to inks for all non-porous surfaces.
Apply with brush, pen, airbrush, stamp, sponge, spray bottle. Excellent for fine arts, scrapbooking, crafts, faux stained glass, card making, resin arts, faux finishing techniques and staining wood and leather. Can be used on glass, metal, plastic, vinyl, ceramic, stone, leather, epoxy resins, YUPO, foil, wood, encaustic, clay board, fiber glass, acrylic, polymer clay and more
* #032, #033, #034, and #035 are stunningly reflective metallic colours made from real metal pigments. #036 Pearl is a metallic white made with super reflective mica pigments. It is terrific for mixing with the dye-based colours to create entirely new palettes of pearlescent inks. All the metallic colours are opaque and lightfast.
#030 Blanco Blanco is also an opaque, pigmented colour and is great for mixing tints and pastels
Ultra-fluid acrylic with lightfast, artist-quality pigments. No dyes. No fade. Just pure, permanent colour. And like all acrylics, it dries quickly and permanently, with no smudging or bleeding when rewetted or layered.
System 3 acrylic ink
This allows a fast drying, free-flowing colour that applies smoothly and evenly, and dries to a satin finish. System 3 Acrylic Ink can be applied with a brush, a pen or an airbrush. Colours can be mixed and diluted. Colours are lightfast, with the exception of fluorescent colours.
Daler-Rowney FW Pearlescent Inks can be used to add shimmer and shine to decorative arts such as greeting cards, seasonal decorations, mounts and frames.
Perfect for mixed media techniques on a variety of surfaces such as canvas boards, art boards and watercolour paper.
Please note iridescent pigment may settle and may require stirring. We suggest using the end of a paintbrush to loosen any clumped pigment and then shake well to ensure pigment and binder are mixed properly.
4 x 14ml Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks in Indian ink, silver, white and gold.
Glossy translucent paint with silver coloured glitter particles for a metallic effect giving objects and artworks of all kinds a refined finish. Applicable on many different surfaces such as paper, cardboard, primed canvas, wood, glass, metal, ceramics, porcelain, stone, acrylic and other paintable materials.
After being applied, a thin shiny lacquer coat will show with a fine distribution of glitter particles. Further coats will lead to a higher density of particles and intensify the effect. We recommend finishing your project with the Montana VARNISH Gloss to enhance the metallic effect.
Please consider that the achieved final result will significantly be influenced by the colour and gloss level of the undercoat. The glitter particles are carried in a clear base that can easily be covered with many common lacquer types. Can be combined with Montana GOLD, Montana ACRYLIC markers and conventional acrylic paints.
Montana GOLD Spray Cans are the perfect tool for all artists and creative workers. This 400ml spray can provide 204 matte colours based on high quality acrylic lacquer. High covering and quick drying. The Low-Pressure System guarantees a maximum of accuracy.
Recommended for most surfaces including Wood, Concrete, Metal, Glass, Plastic and Canvas Supplied with a standard nozzle, there are also 5 different nozzles available separately and in an assorted cap pack .
Features 180 Acrylic based colours| 100% lead & CFC-free | Suitable for indoor and outdoor use | Fast drying | Matt finish | Almost odour-free | Twice the normal coverage | Lightfast for over 10 years
High-covering abrasion proof metallic effect
The Montana Metallic Effect Sprays bring state of the art paint technology to traditional metallic effect colours. Loaded with a Montana Standard cap, these cans provide excellent delivery and reliability under medium pressure output. Not only are the Montana Metallic Effect colours ideal for application on functional objects such as bikes and furniture, they can also add a metallic flare to any creative or artistic project on paper, cardboard, primed canvas, wood, glass, metal, ceramics, porcelain, stone, acrylic and other paintable materials. Made from an Acrylic-Nitro Combination base, the paint surface dries to a durable semi-gloss finish which is both hard wearing when cured (24+ hours) as well as flexible. Offering great lightfastness, the Montana Metallic Effect line can also be combined with the Montana GOLD, Montana BLACK and Montana ACRYLIC marker lines.
Low odour, water-based technology for brilliant lightfast colour.
Introducing Liquitex Professional Spray Paint, a stunning innovation developed for professional artists. Combining artist grade pigments with revolutionary water-based technology, Liquitex Professional Spray. This paint offers colour brilliance, lightfastness and durability in a unique low odour formulation. Versatile for use on multiple surfaces.
Colour matches Liquitex colour range, heavy body, soft body, acrylic ink and professional paint markers. Replacement caps available in standard and assorted sizes.
These pens are great for decorative work and cardmaking. The fibre-tip is suitable to be used on a variety of surfaces and the ink has good coverage. The acid-free, archival ink is smudge proof, waterproof and won't bleed through paper.
Pilot Super Colour Paint Markers offer brilliant, opaque, permanent marking on almost any surface. Xylene-free ink.
SCWEF Extra-Fine Bullet Tip gives 0.5mm line.
SCWF Fine Bullet Tip gives 1.0mm line.
SCWM Medium Bullet Tip gives 2.0mm line.
Note on operation: Shake several times, then press the tip down 3 or 4 times on scrap paper to start the ink flowing. Cap the pen tightly and store horizontally.
The Uni-ball Signo Broad pen has a 1.0mm rollerball and writes with fail-safe pigment ink with an opaque, fade and water resistant finish. The pen has a rubber grip area for comfort and the cap features a plastic pocket clip.
The 30mm and 50mm Montana Acrylic markers are the widest in the Acrylic marker range. The extra wide felt tips are perfect to create great calligraphic effects on a large scale. Users can apply marks firmly and exactly with even colour distribution and consistency. Available in Black and Silver, these markers are excellent for filling in large surface areas fast. Optimum flow control pump-valve system allows accurate handling and professional application.
Montana Markers work well on a variety of surfaces including; paper, board, canvas, sealed wood, concrete, brick, metals, plastics and glass.
For best results with exterior work use Montana Universal primer to provide a solid surface preparation for markers.
YONO is the opaque acrylic marker for almost all surfaces. Let your ideas run wild, think big. The rich matt colours have just as few limits as your creativity. Bring your ideas to light and show your environment what's in you. The water-based and light-fast colours offer you all possibilities. No matter what task you want to implement YOU ONLY NEED ONE
Contents: 4 x YONO Marker 1.5-3 mm (Rose-gold 734, Gold 084, Silver 082, Black 073)
Uni POSCA Markers Extra Bold PC-17K
Uni POSCA Markers contain water-based pigment inks that produce poster-like, vibrant colours. They are lightfast and waterproof and will write on virtually any surface from glass to paper without bleed. Once dry the opaque ink can be completely covered with a new ink application. We recommend giving these pens a try with black paper for a look that really pops or Bristol Board for exceptionally smooth flat application.
Uni POSCA Markers contain water-based pigment inks that produce poster-like, vibrant colours. They are lightfast and waterproof and will write on virtually any surface from glass to paper without bleed.
Once dry the opaque ink can be completely covered with a new ink application.
We recommend giving these pens a try with black paper for a look that really pops or Bristol Board for exceptionally smooth flat application.
Colours included: White, Gold, Black and Silver ( PC-3M 1.3mm size nib)
Liquid Leaf 30ml Bottles. Highly-concentrated, solvent based metallic effect paint.
Liquid Leaf is a remarkable gilding paint that contains its own red primer and film of lustrous gold, pre-mixed into a single liquid. This is the most effective finish you can use on carved and ornamental furniture, frames, mouldings, decorative ceilings, lamps, figurines and other objects. Liquid Leaf flows easily onto the surface (with no brush marks), forming a beautiful, lustrous finish. It can be used with a rigger brush or ruling pen to create fine lines and scrolls.
This easy to control paint gives a brilliant sheen without brassiness, a permanent finish closely resembling traditional leafing. The 30ml bottle will cover approximately 2 sq/m.
For directions of use, instructions and health & safety information see label on the bottle.
Goldfinger, a unique product developed by Daler-Rowney. The all purpose rub-on metallic paste is available in five finishes for:
The Restoration of antiques, Picture Framing gilding, Stencilling, Plaster, clay or wood decoration, Mouldings for imitation ormolu furniture, Textiles, Leather, Plastics, Model Making, Greetings Cards. 4 colours: Antique Gold, Sovereign Gold, Copper (Imit.), Silver (Imit.)
Easy to use, Goldfinger is simply applied with a soft cloth or finger and after a short time can be buffed to a fine lustre. It produces a really professional finish with no signs of metallic particles or smears. For intricate work, Goldfinger can be thinned with white spirit or turps and used with a brush. To preserve the lustre Goldfinger can be treated with Goldfinger Varnish. It is very economical in use - a little Goldfinger goes a long way. Takes best on porous or slightly abraded surfaces.
Metallic wax which is unexcelled in restoring gold leaf and the finishing touches for antiquing. Blend any of the colours together for just the right shade. Apply with the fingers or a cloth and buff lightly. The metal lustre will not fade or tarnish.
Treasure gold is easy to use on furniture, frames, ceramics or virtually any other surface and it adheres to contoured surfaces without cracking or peeling whilst touch drying immediately to a permanent non-tarnishing finish.
It is ready to be polished in ten minutes. Treasure Gold is highly concentrated and is to be used sparingly. A 25g jar will cover approximately 2sq/m.
Use this premium, satin, indoor/outdoor acrylic on almost any surface including most plastics. They are self-sealing, so no primer or varnish is required and they offer excellent coverage in one to two coats. This special formula is designed to brush out smoothly and once fully cured, creates a durable, hard finish that is highly resistant to cleaning chemicals.
Clean stencils quickly before paint dries for easier re-use. No primer or sealer is needed before painting or to protect the finish afterwards. Get a nice, even finish on slick surfaces like glass and metal by using a soft brush to spread out Multi-Surface paint, then leaving it to self-level.
Use a light touch on slick surfaces for better coverage. Pressing too firmly with the brush can cause paint to slide off the surface. For an eggshell finish, use a high-density cosmetic sponge to tap the paint onto the surface. This technique will also give your base coat "tooth" that makes it easier for additional coats of paint or painted designs to adhere.
Superior flow and leveling, Acid-free, Intermixable colours, Permanent, lightfast pigments
Soap and water clean-up, Water-based, Made in the USA.
The most versatile and wide-ranging assortment of metallic and pearlescent acrylics available, these stunning light-bodied paints brush on smoothly and are formulated to last. Use Lumiere paints whenever a metallic or pearlescent effect is desired, for fine arts, craft, home decor or textile applications.
They won't crack, peel or chip, even on flexible surfaces like fabric, leather, vinyl or rubber. Soft to the touch and wash-fast on fabric, Lumiere paints also exhibit unparalleled adhesive properties, even on non-porous surfaces like ceramic and metal. Lumiere colours are lightfast and weather-resistant, and their high pigmentation provides excellent coverage, even on dark grounds.
FABRIC/SURFACES, natural and synthetic fabrics, leather, wood, canvas, vinyl, plastic, rubber, clay, paper and more.
Faber-Castell Mix & Match Gelatos - Metallics
Compact acid-free pigment sticks glide on creamy smooth for vibrant colour and coverage.
Nothing on the market today compares with Design Memory Craft Gelatos. Compact acid-free pigment sticks glide on creamy smooth for vibrant colour and coverage. All Gelatos blend easily with or without water. Try this unique medium on paper, canvas, or wood!
A traditional method of adding a wax seal to your scrapbooks, letters, certificates etc. It is suitable for mailing.
Light up the wick and allow the wax to drip onto your paper before applying the seal.
Each stick measures approximately 198mm and will make about 12 seals using a standard 2cm seal
Pack contains one of each colour wax, bronze, silver & gold.
Daler-Rowney Graduate Oil is an affordable range of oil paints ideal for students and hobbyists looking for reliability and performance. Graduate Oil colours are smooth, easy to use, and mix well together, drying to a low gloss satin sheen within 5 days.
Can be used with a traditional palette or directly from the tube with brush or knife and applied to the canvas.
Pigments are ground in pure, premium, alkali-refined and PH-balanced linseed oil and made in batches no larger than five gallons at a time.
Each colour is ground to an individual consistency designed to enhance the beauty and luminosity specific to that particular pigment.
Wash brushes with turpentine, low odour thinner or mineral spirit after use.
System 3 acrylic screen printing ink formulated for screen printing onto fabric such as t-shirts and canvas bags. Use straight from the pot, mix with other colours in the range and dilute with water if necessary.
Colours have excellent wash fastness and work well on cotton, cotton mixes, synthetic, silk and natural fibres. For best results heat fix once dry using an iron on the reverse side of the textile .
These water-based inks are perfect for lino, potato and stick printing techniques, ensuring maximum working time whilst still maintaining excellent transfer properties.
Glitter is an essential for any craft project - a sprinkle of sparkle is sure to transform your ordinary creations into wonderful, dazzling masterpieces. The handy shaker top allows you to scatter the glitter evenly over any surface. Simply apply a layer of glue or other adhesive to stick down the glitter.
I have had a strong interest in the visual and creative arts since a very early age. After completing an Art and Design Degree and Post graduate studies I have taught Art and Design, Fashion and Textiles, Textile design , Fine Art print and Illustration for over 20 years. Before teaching I was a freelance artist and illustrator and decided 4 years ago I would return to freelance and commissioned work. I have created many domestic and commercial murals for hospitals and hospices. I work part time for ARTdiscount as a content creator and product tester.
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