Baroque Art Gilder's Paste

Baroque Art Gilder’s Paste is a wonderful medium that can be used across a variety of surfaces to give your projects colour and shine. It can be used on paper, wood, metal, ceramics, granite, concrete, polymer clay, resin, wax (such as on candles) and more! These highly pigmented pastes come in a range of metallic and plain colours, and use the best quality pigments combined with a wax base. Colours can also be mixed together to create custom colours.  Use it for colouring and highlighting or to accentuate depth and details in crevices.

At The Deckle Edge we have Gilder’s Paste available in two sizes (click to view in our online shop): Gilder’s Paste 27 ml and Gilder’s Paste 92 ml.

It is a very versatile medium and easy to use – simply make sure the surface you wish to apply it to is clean and dry before getting started! Smooth surfaces will need to be roughened a little using fine sand paper or steel wool – this is to ensure the Gilder’s Paste can adhere to the surface. Alternatively you can prepare the surface with a primer. The paste can then be applied using a soft cloth, sponge, brush or even your finger. You can also try using non-traditional tools to get unique and varying effects.  A plus is that the product doesn’t drip which allows for maximum control while working with it.

Once applied and allowed to dry, non-metallic colours will have a soft shine, while metallic colours can be buffed with a paper towel or soft cloth to produce a high-gloss, gilded finish. Gilder’s Paste won’t tarnish over time and is waterproof so it is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. You can apply a clear coating such as a lacquer spray or varnish over your Gilder’s Paste if you wish to give it extra protection (this is only really necessary for items that will receive a lot of wear and tear).

For fine art applications Gilder’s Paste can be used on paper in light applications (thicker applications may crack and fall off over time). For interesting effects on paper you can use the paste in conjunction with watercolours. Because it is wax based it will repel the water colours like a wax crayon would – this can lead to interesting and unique effects. Gilder’s Paste can also be used with oil and acrylic paints as a top layer to add highlights and detail in thin layers.

If your paste dries out – don’t worry! You can revive it by simply adding mineral spirits such as turpentine or paint thinners and letting it soak for a little while. This unique ability to rejuvenate the paste means it has an endless shelf life. You can add solvent and mix until you reach the desired consistency, and if you add too much solvent simply leave the tin open for a little while to allow the excess to evaporate. You can even create a a thin paint-like consistency for painting fine details with a brush. Thinners and mineral spirits can also be used to remove Gilder’s Paste from a surface – but this is best done before the Gilder’s Paste dries completely.

Please note that Gilder’s Paste should be used in a well-ventilated area and you should avoid inhaling the fumes. Make sure to avoid contact with skin but if you do get it on your skin you can wash it off with soap and warm water. The paste wax is solvent based and if used for archival projects the paste must be allowed to dry completely before enclosing in a picture frame or other encasement (to allow the solvent to dissipate properly). Once Gilder’s Paste is completely dry it will typically have a neutral 7ph value. It is recommended that you wait at least 12 hours or longer if additional solvent/turps was used to soften, extend or to thin out the paste.

2 comments

    • AdamReply

      Hi Loubna

      You can use Gilders paste on leather. It is recommended though to use a varnish on top to help protect the gilding once it is completely dry. 🙂

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