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One thing I love about adult coloring is experimenting with different artistic techniques. For example, a while ago I wrote a tutorial about using tea (yes, regular tea drink) for adult coloring. Today’s supplies are not edible, but I hope you’ll feel inspired to try them, because I’m working with… gold watercolor paint!
Supplies you’ll need for this project
- Gold watercolor paint – I got a set of gold paints from Joom and I LOVE IT.
- Adult coloring page – I colored this postcard from my online shop
- Small brush
I teamed up with Joom to give you an extra 10% off everything, including the gold paints. Yay! The coupon code is agdesign10 and it’s valid until September 11th. You’re welcome!
Start wisely (unlike me)
Ok, here’s the truth. When I first started coloring my postcard, I didn’t think twice. I just sat down and started anywhere. And it turned out to be a mistake. If you’re coloring a background for a mandala or circular design, always start in the middle. Always.
Adding water to your paint
Less is more really applies here. Start with just a tiny bit of water and keep adding more if needed. Thicker paint is generally better for adult coloring, as it is more pigmented. Also, it won’t flow on top of the paper and will be easier to control in small detailed designs.
I used the paint colled Real Gold. If you pair the gold paint with colored pencils, pick a color that makes the pencils really pop.
When you lay down the paint, don’t be afraid to create a thick layer, that almost looks risen. Once the paint dries and the water evaporates, the paint will flatten out.
The shine also changes as the paint dries. While it’s still wet, the paint has a more glittery look, however upon drying out, it becomes more metallic.
Finally – take your time and have fun! Gold painting is slower than coloring with pencils, but the sparkly texture is well worth it!
And here’s the final effect!
Now you go ahead and try it! The process is much easier than it seems. Let me know in the comments if you found this guide helpful.