|How to Paint Gold|
- Having the subconscious idea that all gold is basically yellow, yellow-orange or ochre.
- Reaching for any yellow pigment at hand for mixing gold colours.
- Darkening yellow with black or dark brown to achieve dark tones in gold.
- Mixing white with yellow to represent highlights in gold.
- Giving sharp outlines to gold objects with the aim of making them stand out, resulting in a cutout appearance.
- Using bright colours throughout the gold object such as yellows, oranges and ochres with the aim of conveying brilliance.
- Going overboard with white highlights to imply sheen.
- Applying gold metallic paint designed for gilt onto the gold objects in the still life.
- Warm highlights: white with a dab of burnt sienna. A smidgen of cadmium yellow can be added if a yellowish hue is apparent.
- Cool highlights: white with a dab of ultramarine and burnt umber.
- Warm mid-tones: burnt sienna, a little cadmium red and white.
- Cool mid-tones: burnt umber, a little ultramarine and white.
- Warm darks: burnt sienna and ultramarine. A little cadmium yellow can be added for an additional yellow cast.
- Cool darks: Burnt umber and ultramarine. For extra depth, a little pthalo blue and permanent rose can be added.
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