After I finds out gold pigment for oil painting by Schmincke Oil Bronzed, I need to try them and test them. I got several wood sign boards from local crafts store and try to paint something that is simple and straightforward. I want to test out the gold pigment only. I don’t want too many colors get involved. So I choose the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.
The idea is to apply black gesso on board first and then paint with gold color directly on it. However, after several testing projects, I realize that it needs more steps before I can enjoy my gold pigment. So the revised SOP is as follows,
- Prepare the wood surface with Shellac.
- Apply black gesso on the target painting area.
- Apply background color with acrylic paint .
- Transfer sketch drawing on to board.
- Enhance the drawing with acrylic paint that is close to background color.
- Once it is dry, clean the surface with linseed oil as “oiling out”. This step will remove all unwanted charcoal trace caused by transferring.
- Wait until the surface is touch dry.
- Paint with gold pigment.
- Wait until the surface is touch dry again and do another “oiling out” instead of applying varnish. (Varnish will dim the shine of the gold pigment)
Testing #1 Ancient Egyptian mural
This one no longer exists due to varnish. It dissolved the gold pigment. But you can see the general idea here and also the shine of the pigment.
Testing #2 Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs
Luckily the same varnish didn’t ruin this one.
Testing #3 Moon
Testing #2 and #3 are very similar. The varnish didn’t dissolve the pigment but dim the shine of the gold color. It still looks like metallic paint. When you look closely, you can still tell that it is metallic gold color, but no more shiny gold leaf feeling.
After testing #3 I made two mandala paintings on square boards with gold pigment. They are still drying and I am not sure if I want to put any varnish on them. (Theoretically they should be protected by varnish to prevent tarnish.)
Overall, I love this gold pigment. I now have two shades of them. I mix them to make the color I like. It is also the reason I paint the black cat “Apprentice”.
I haven’t list the mandala and black cat paintings yet but will do so once they are ready.
I hope you find this experiment helpful. 😀