Metallic Light 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 Light Gold | Matisse acrylic paint

    Gilding: A Historic Artistry


    The tale of metallic finishes in art finds its roots in the ancient technique known as gilding, a term encompassing methods to apply gold leaf or metallic powder to surfaces. The artistic forefathers, the Egyptians and Greeks, pioneered this method to infuse metallic lustre into their creations, accentuating specific features. Even in the modern era, artists continue to embrace metallic finishes for their timeless allure.


    Gilding Challenges and Matisse's Innovation


    Yet, gilding presents challenges – it's effective but time-consuming, costly, and offers limited versatility. In response, Matisse introduces a solution: a range of acrylic metallic paints. Embracing Metallic Bronze, Metallic Copper, Metallic Silver, Metallic Light Gold, and Metallic Gold, these paints boast exceptional permanency and lightfastness, holding a stellar BWS rating of 8. As these hues dry, the metallic effect subtly intensifies.


    Matisse Metallic Paints: A Paradigm Shift


    Matisse metallic colours share application characteristics with traditional acrylics, drying to a glossy metallic finish. Not succumbing to oxidation like gilded metals, they ensure safety when used as directed. Brushes and containers find easy cleaning with soap and water, aligning with standard acrylic practices. Synthetically derived for economic and health considerations, Matisse metallic pigments promise consistent, quality metallic finishes.


    Crafting Gilded Effects and Creative Blends


    For those aspiring to recreate a gilded finish, employing a soft synthetic brush minimizes texture marks. Matisse metallic paints also dance with Matisse mediums, allowing artists to fashion transparent washes and glazes with a metallic sheen. Beyond traditional application, these metallic acrylics weave into dried textured paint, forming captivating highlights within the texture. The beauty lies not just in individual colours but in their harmonious combinations. For instance, blending Light Gold and Gold yields a finish teeming with depth and interest.


    Versatility in Finish and Careful Considerations


    Each Matisse metallic paint concludes its drying journey with a semi-sheen metallic finish, providing a canvas for further creative exploration. Applying water-based gloss or matte varnishes allows artists to accentuate or tone down the sheen. However, a note of caution surfaces – these metallic paints, while boasting a robust sheen, aren't ideal for mingling with non-metallic counterparts to birth another metallic hue. Attempting to blend silver metallic with regular magenta yields a feeble metallic magenta. Here, the Matisse MM24 Iridescent Medium steps in, recommended for weaving a metallic sheen when entwined with standard acrylic paint.

    Safety Data Sheet for Matisse Metallic Light Gold (SDS)

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    Metallic Light Gold is available in Matisse Structure, Structure Flow

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