How to Make the Color Gold With Colored Pencils

Learning to achieve a gold color throughout your artwork can be a tricky skill. If you’ve been struggling to make the color gold with colored pencils, then you’re in the right place.

Below, you can learn the best methods to practice to achieve shiny and rich cold colors in your artwork. 

The main area where people struggle is creating the shiny effect that gold produces in real life. There are many actual gold metallic pencil and pen options available. However, they fall short of producing that reflective and gold texture that makes the color so appealing. 

After reading through this post, you’ll be left feeling more confident about creating more realistic gold elements in your art. You can implement these tips in adult coloring pages simply by using a set of colored pencils.

How to Make Gold Pencils

For starters, you must make sure to have the following coloured pencil options:

  • Raw umber 180
  • Walnut brown 177
  • White 101
  • Cadmium yellow 107
  • Burnt ochre 187 

Once you have the above colors, start by applying the lightest one to a blank white page. You can also do this in a free coloring book.

  • Creating gold is always easier when starting from the lightest color and gradually moving your way up through the darker shades. 
  • Begin coloring and filling the page with the white shade. Next, use the yellow pencil to blend with the white. 
  • It’s important to ensure that you don’t completely cover up the initial white color. Instead, use gentle motions to blend them together smoothly. This is what will help to create the shiny nice gold effect. 
  • Once you’re finished with the yellow, use the burnt ochre and color the page alongside the yellow. 
  • Be sure to blend the burnt ochre and yellow colored pencils gently and as smoothly as possible. 
  • After you’re done with the burnt ochre, use the light brown color to blend again.
  • Finally, you can use the darkest brown color to gently color and blend in the edges of your design. This is an easy pattern method that can be helpful in achieving that nice gold effect in your coloring books quickly.
  • You can then feel free to go back to any of the other colored pencils to add more color and blend details.
  • In the end, make sure to use the white pencil to blend it a little more with the yellow. This will help to bring all the colors together to make gold.

Also read: Best Gold Spray Paint


Learning how to make the color gold may not seem like the easiest process. However, after reading through the tutorials above, we hope that you’re feeling more confident about how to make gold colors for yourself. 

It may take some practice with colored pencils to achieve the realistic shiny gold effect. The more you practice your colored pencil technique, the better you’ll become. 

You’ll soon notice that you can draw gold better than some of the actual gold metallic pencil options that are available.

The methods above can be used to create gold letters or to make gold metallic colors on a coloring page. There are also plenty of videos online on YouTube that you can pull up on your computer whilst your practice and use different colors.

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Written By Adam Rushton

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