- Gold Leaf - Real 23Kt gold which has been beaten to incredibly thin sheets - as
sheer as gossamer. Gold leaf is a little difficult to work with, but nothing else gives
quite the same effect. It never tarnishes and doesn't need a protective coating.
Since Gold Leaf sticks to any painted surface, it must be applied before the other
colors are used.
- Shell Gold - Real 23Kt gold ground to a fine powder and mixed with a medium to
produce a gold 'paint'. In the old days this was sold in one half of a mussel shell -
hence the name.
- Gold Gouache - A water-based paint which mimics the appearance of Shell Gold.
Used to touch up Gold Leaf and Shell Gold.
- Acrylic Paint - Medieval illuminations were painted in egg tempera. Modern acrylic
paint produces a flat, opaque, velvety effect very similar to the older medium.
Acrylics are also used for the watercolor washes.
- Paper - Acid-free, 146 lb., hot-press bristol board.
- Waterproof India Ink - Used for outlining and fine details of the drawing.