Metallic and iridescent paints are some of my favorites for adding a bit of unexpected pizazz to my paintings. That being said – I'm not really a bling bling kind of girl. So I like to keep my accents to a minimal usually. So below is a list of my favorite metallic and iridescent paints to use with watercolor.
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry colors 6 color set
These are by far my favorite gold watercolor paints! And for the price you can't beat it! If you are just looking for a subtle accent – these are the way to go.
Winsor Newton Iridescent Medium
My next favorite supply is Winsor and Newton Iridescent Medium. This shimmery fine silver glitter is great for painting over your watercolors or adding into your watercolor paint for a shimmer effect.
Schmincke Aqua Bronze Powder
The next two metallic supplies are a bit pricey – but I do enjoy the glistening shimmer of these beauties. These metallic supplies comes in a jar of power that can be mixed into your paint or painted on top of your paper alone. It doesn't have alot of pay off in color – but is rather a subtle film of glitter that can be used to glitz up a Christmas painting or snow scene. The two colors I like are listed below…
And finally – these last three paints are my most opaque and saturated gold paints in my supplies. Since they are acrylic – they have a thick body appearance – but don't let that stop you from using them with your watercolors. Sometimes, I'll water these paints down and add them into my watercolor paints to create an assortment of iridescent colors for your choosing. As of recently, alot of watercolor companies have been selling their own lines of watercolor iridescent paints. But with this little hack and hack the price you can create your own. I've had my acrylic tube paints for over two years now and still have plenty to use. You don't need alot – so these paints will last a while if you store them well.
Elaine GustavsonFebruary 23, 2023 at 2:52 pm
Yes, I am. I’ll order your first choice to jazz up my watercolor lady.