Metallic Gold | Matisse acrylic paint

      Chemical Description: Mica coated with titanium dioxide and ferric oxide

      Pigment Number: Mica Titanate Pigment

      Lightfastness Rating: ASTM I

      Pigment Opacity: Opaque

      Paint Opacity: Opaque

      Series 4

        Metallic Gold | Matisse acrylic paint

        Exploring the Ancient Roots of Metallic Artistry


        The history of metallic finishes in art traces back to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, who pioneered a technique known as gilding. This encompassing term refers to various methods involving the application of gold leaf or metallic powder to surfaces. These ancient artisans used gilding to infuse their artworks with metallic luster, accentuating distinctive features. Today, contemporary artists continue this tradition, drawn to the captivating allure of metallic finishes.


        Gilding's Challenges and Modern Solutions


        Despite its effectiveness, gilding presents challenges. It is time-consuming, expensive, and its versatility is somewhat constrained. Matisse addresses these hurdles with a groundbreaking solution — a range of acrylic metallic paints. Departing from the laborious gilding process, these paints offer efficiency and affordability, opening new avenues for artistic expression.


        Introducing Matisse's Acrylic Metallic Paints


        Matisse introduces a diverse range of metallic acrylic paints, including Metallic Bronze, Metallic Copper, Metallic Silver, Metallic Light Gold, and Metallic Gold. Not only do these products exhibit excellent permanency and lightfastness with a BWS rating of 8, but their metallic effect also intensifies as the paint dries.


        Effortless Application and Lasting Brilliance


        Unlike traditional gilding, Matisse metallic paints apply seamlessly like any acrylic paint. Upon drying, they reveal a glossy, metallic finish resistant to oxidation. Cleaning brushes and containers is a breeze with soap and water, maintaining convenience for artists. All metallic pigments are synthetically derived for economic and health considerations, ensuring consistent and safe artistic creations.


        Enhancing Texture and Creating Depth


        For those seeking to recreate a gilded finish, a soft synthetic brush is recommended to minimize texture marks. Matisse metallic paints can also be mixed with mediums, allowing artists to craft transparent washes and glazes with a captivating metallic sheen. The versatility of these paints extends beyond traditional brush techniques, as they can be rubbed into dried textured paint to create metallic highlights amid the texture.


        Harmonising Hues for Unique Effects


        While each metallic acrylic paint possesses its distinct beauty, combining them unlocks intriguing effects. For instance, the interplay of Light Gold and Gold creates a finish with depth and interest. All Matisse metallic paints dry to a semi-sheen metallic finish, offering artists the flexibility to further work over or enhance their creations with water-based gloss or matte varnishes.


        Mastering Metallic Alchemy


        Despite their strong sheen, these metallic paints are not ideally suited for mixing with non-metallic paints to create another metallic hue. To achieve a metallic sheen when using standard acrylic paint, Matisse recommends the MM24 Iridescent Medium.

        Safety Data Sheet for Matisse Metallic Gold (SDS)

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        Metallic Gold is available in Matisse Structure, Structure Flow

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