All That Glitters Is Not Gold – Part 2

As promised, in part 1 I tested all the presented tools for sketching gold and silver. And as in part 1 unfortunately the pictures do not represent lifelike colours.
Obviously, I was not able to sketch one motive six times identically. Now it is clear why I do not sketch people!


In the depths of our cupboards, I discovered a wine glass which upper part is nearly completely "gilded". Not a theme that requires gold normally but I did not find anything more exquisite.
Daniel Smith watercolour Quinacridone Gold is good for bigger areas. For a gloss effect, one has to make the colour brighter ore leave the space white. If it is too bright, it looks more like yellow than gold.

If not mentioned otherwise I use Quinacridone Gold as underground colour and applied the other materials for the highlights in the following sketches.

Pentel Hybrid Gel Grip K118 Gold

Cretacolor Pastel Carré Gold

In this sketch, I pained Coliro (Finetec) Pearlcolor Tibet Gold (M610) over the dry watercolour.

Here Coliro (Finetec) Pearlcolor Tibet Gold (M610) was used for everything that is golden.

In the last sketch, I mixed Quinacridone Gold with Coliro (Finetec) Pearlcolor Gold Pearl (M640).


I bought silver mainly for the glittering of the snow. Of course, there was no sunny snow day available, when you needed one for sketching. Therefore, a china skating snowman had to pose for me.
I mix Ultramine Blue and Vandyke Browne for the shadows. The blue in the ice is done with Mangan Blue. (All watercolours are by Daniel Smith.)

Uni-bal Signo Silver

Pastel Carré Stick Silver

In this sketch, I painted the blades with Coliro (Finetec) Pearlcolor Sterling Silver (M660) and the glitter of the snow with Coliro Shimmer Pearlcolor Stardust (M021).

I think the Pearlcolors provide the best result. They are nearly as flexible as watercolours and show the desired effect as long as they are used selectively and sparingly.

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