November 23, 2020 6 min read


As our beloved Museums and Gallery doors close once again, let's open up our studio or kitchen tables to the Arts and Crafts for Christmas!

Whilst it’s dark and damp outside, inside can be full of glitz and glitter and shimmering surfaces. We have a full stock of liquid gold Inks, gold pens, Pastes, pastels, pencils, sprays and acrylic and watercolour paints for all your creative project needs. 

Starting with "What Gold do I need for my project?" here are some of our Gold products we sampled to help you get started with those festive projects!         (Great for decorating and creating your own festive wrapping papers, Christmas cards, tags, crackers, painting Pinecones, twigs, cinnamon sticks or baubles, ideal for table and tree decorations). 

Acrylic paint; for use on a range of surfaces such as; paper, fabric, plaster, wood, canvas, board, plastic. Acrylic paints have a quick drying time and dry waterproof.

which gold is gold? paint

STUDIO Heavy Body Acrylic Paints - 200mls Tubes, our own range of Heavy body acrylic GOLD paint provides a rich and creamy, opaque, warm gold finish.  Totally intermixable with all 31 heavy body Studio colours. Highly pigmented. Can be applied to surfaces with brushes or palette knife, because of its heavy body consistency it is ideal for creating texture and sculptural peaks of paint. Very quick drying time. Lightfast and durable.

Roberson Liquid Metals; 28 metallic shades are our most popular range, have a rich deep opaque colour and are ideal for a range of applications and surfaces. All colours are intermixable. This paint gives the appearance of metal but will not tarnish and is not required to be varnished. Beautiful soft and rich sheen. Their Rich Gold is more like a warm Rose gold whilst their Brass has a cool gold sheen. 

Sennelier Abstract Acrylic Paint Pouches - 5 x 120ml - Metallics; Full range of iridescent tones include; Pearl, Bronze, Gold, Silver and Copper. Rich, Creamy consistency, heavy body paint and highly pigmented. Soft sheen metallic finish. May need a few coats to create an opaque finish or use in layers over other colours. 

Docrafts Artiste Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint- 59mls; Antique Gold, multi purpose acrylic paint. Thin consistency and may need a few Coates to provide an opaque coverage, dries to a soft metallic sheen. A darker gold than its competitors when multi layers are applied giving the appearance of an Antique old gold. 

Liquitex Heavy body Acrylic. Iridescent Bright Gold has a bright yellow gold tone.For a more of an ‘old gold’ feel Liquitex provides a Green Gold tone and a iridescent Rich Bronze.Heavy Body Artist Colour, previously referred to as High Viscosity, has a thick consistency for traditional art techniques using brushes or knives, as well as for experimental, mixed media, collage and printmaking applications. Impasto applications retain crisp brush stroke and knife marks. Good surface drag provides excellent handling and blending characteristics with increased open-working time. High pigment load produces rich, brilliant, permanent colour.

Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylic Rich Gold imitation 150ml; This Rich Goldacrylic has a warm yellow tone, ishighly versatile, and water-based. It offers an excellent painting experience at an economical price. Only high quality pigments are used in the manufacture of the System 3 acrylic ranges. System 3's comprehensive range of colours offers excellent light-fastness, permanence, durability and covering power. (apart from fluorescent colours which are not lightfast).All colours can be thinned with water to pale washes or used directly from the pot or tube quick drying time and dries waterproof. All System 3 Original colours are fully intermixable and suitable for interior use.

Gold Inks;For a more fluid Gold medium to use for dipping, pouring, spraying or painting techniques we sampled 3 of our gold ink ranges, with excellent results. 

Winsor and Newton Drawing Gold Ink,this ink has a beautiful old gold lustre with a reflective surface when dry. This Drawing Ink is formulated from a series of soluble dyes in a superior shellac solution, can be applied with brush, pen or airbrush and is widely used by illustrators, designers, calligraphers and artists.

(we also stock a pack of these metallic inks:

Liquitex Iridescent Bright Gold Acrylic Ink 30ml dropper bottle,similar to the Liquitex heavy body paint, this Bright Gold boasts a bright yellow tone. Becomes more opaque with each layer applied. Excellent fluidity, lightfast colour, dries water resistant, ideas for watercolour effects, colour blocking, layering over other ink colours or paints to create a shimmering effect. Comes with a dropper for easy use. 

Piñata Alcohol Ink 032 Rich Gold- 0.5oz,Excellent highly reflective metallic opaque gold finish, made from real metal pigments. 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.

The Original Liquid Leaf 30ml Bottle;this Gold is more for professional use, as it requires solvents to clean brushes and it is not water based.This product comes in 8 metallic finishes, we sampled the White Fire Gold an das described provided a cool light gold effect. 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 2sq/m. Strongly recommend reading all directions of use, instructions and health & safety information see label on the bottle.

Gold Pencils, pens, fine liners;When you need that gold detailing! We sampled 6 gold pens all of them once dry became smudge and water proof. We have a variety of nibs, from fine nibs, bullet nibs or large calligraphy nibs. Use ona variety of paper surfaces, transparencies, card, glass, plastics, and porcelain and metal.


Faber Castell PITT Artists Pens - 1.5mm Metallic Bullet Tip Pen Gold 250.These pens are great for decorative work and card making. This Gold pen has a true old gold lustre. 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. Also comes in Silver, Copper, Ruby Metallic, Blue Metallic and Green Metallic.  

Pentel Hybrid Gel Grip Pens0.8mm Medium Point, Yellow gold lustre, excellent for fine detailing on cards, illustrations or for letter writing. Superior water and light resistance, Gel ink for smooth writing. Metallic ink stands out well on dark papers as well as white paper. Suitable for decorating cards and gifts. Rubber grip for comfortable writing. 

FABER-CASTELL Metallic Bullet Nib Pen in Gold this Gold is similar to the fine PITT pen 250, which has an old gold lustre. Great coverage, suitable for bright, dark coloured papers and smooth surfaces. (plastic, transparencies, porcelain, glass, metal)Smudge & splash-proof.Heat fix at 160 ° in the oven, waterproof not dishwasher safe.Water-based ink.Does not bleed through paper.Odour Free.No need to pump or shake.  

Pilot Super Colour Marker Pen,medium gold Pilot Super Colour Paint Markers offer brilliant, opaque, permanent marking on almost any surface. This is a high reflected metallic sheen. 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. 

Uni Post Ultra Fine Markers- Precise nib - produces a very fine line. 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. 

 Winsor & Newton Promarkers Metallic GoldExcellentDual tipped Gold pen, with a fine bullet tip at one end and a medium tip at the other. Fine tip produces approximately 1-2mm line; medium tip approximately 3-4mm, depending on angle and pressure applied. Pigment-based ink in shimmering colours. Lightfast, even when blended with water. Dark metallic gold. Also available in Silver.  

Uni POSCA Markers Bold PC-8 Gold 250,This is an excellent Gold to use for all projects, versatile, comes in a variety of nib sizes for small detailing to large calligraphic nibs.  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. These markers are extremely versatile so why not choose the style that suit your needs! 

gold pens

We hope you find the gold you need for your creations and remember a pen is for life, not just for Christmas! well until it runs out......

Please do share your finished pieces on social media!







catherine peters
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