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As the time-honored art form of metal point drawing experiences a resurgence, Golden Artist Colors has responded to the requests of artists by introducing Silverpoint/Drawing Ground.
Silverpoint (or metal point) drawing as an art form has changed little over the centuries of its distinguished history. The artist working in silverpoint today has an intimate connection to the work of such revered artists as da Vinci and Rembrandt, as well as more recently, Picasso and Joseph Stella.
As tiny particles of metal are left behind on a slightly abrasive ground, metal point drawing offers the ability to achieve lasting, exquisitely detailed lines that won't smudge. If different types of metal are used within a piece, oxidation of the different metals will impart subtle shifts in the tonality of the lines over time.
Formulated to meet the unique needs of metal point artists, Golden's Silverpoint/Drawing Ground offers a metal receptive ground, applicable to a range of drawing supports. A single coat of Silverpoint/Drawing Ground provides a smooth, durable surface, ideal for mark-making with a silverpoint stylus or other metals, such as brass, gold, copper, or even a steel paperclip. It can be brush-applied or spray-applied to paper, primed canvas, wood, or any surface that will accept a water-based coating.
Designed for the achievement of fine, detailed lines, Silverpoint/Drawing Ground is permanent, lightfast, and more flexible over time than traditional preparations. Developed for easy application, it has a very fluid consistency that will level as it dries.
Lastly, Silverpoint/Drawing Ground may be painted over with acrylic paints as well as applied onto already painted surfaces.
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By Fred G
from Reading, PA
Comments about Golden Silverpoint/Drawing Ground:
I have used several bottles of Golden's Silverpoint Ground and have found it an excellent ground for silver, copper and gold. It takes the metals very well and I am able to achieve an 80 to 85% grey tone. This compares very well with cooking up rabbit skin glue mixture and it is far less smelly and very convenient. Make sure to shake the bottle very well before use (you can hear the ball inside rattle) and then let it settle for about 5 minutes to let the air bubbles come out. I use a # 50 flat nylon brush from Blick (high quality) to apply the ground to my support. Clean up is fairly easy with water. I saw one artist had trouble with the ground being tacky, maybe a bad bottle or not enough shaking before use. I highly recommend this product.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from The Woodlands, TX
This is a great surface for silver point. Just shake it up good.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Perfect example of modern methods trumping tradition
By Desert Flower
from Tucson, AZ
This product makes it easy for me to produce nice silver and gold-point pictures. It's no trouble to apply if you shake up and mix product sufficiently. I use several thin coats, drying between each coat. It provides a smooth surface to produce sharp and distinct lines with a wire or soft and wide lines with the back of a spoon. Some really dark tones can be achieved with care. This ground can easily be tinted with dry or water-based pigments. This is so much easier and much less stinky than making ones's own "traditional" ground with rabbit skin glue and cooked chicken bones.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Surprised by the positive reviews here...
By Napa Artist
from Napa, CA
I've always prepared my own silverpoint ground using the traditional mixture of rabbit skin glue, marble dust and white pigment, and optional darker pigments if I needed a mid-tone. So I decided to try Golden's Silverpoint Ground. The good news: the convenience of a ready-made ground available in a squirt plastic bottle. Now the bad: Using this product is literally like brushing with Elmer's school glue. It is sticky and gooey compared with the traditional ground that I've been using. It is murder on the brush and nearly ruined one of my quality mottlers thinking that it can, as the directions say, simply "wash with soap and water.". NO. There is a gummy residue that remains. And the ground once it's brushed on remains gummy for a day or so until it finally dries but it still feels tacky afterward. So it's back to my my rabbit skin glue and whiting formula for me. It may take a bit more preparation, but at least I won't be wasting time cleaning goop of my brush or waiting forever for the first coat to dry!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: The consistency should not be gummy at all. We believe your bottle may have been defective. A member of our Customer Care team will be in touch to see if we can assist you further.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
By Mr. Tim
from San Diego, CA
I wanted to try silverpoint, but wasn't interested in making my own grounds or buying expensive pre-made panels, so I decided to give this a try. It works amazingly well, a single coat is usually enough, and can easily be tinted for toned backgrounds. While it gives decent results on watercolor paper, I find that using it on claybord panels allows for really rich darks and good tonal range very similar to graphite. You do have to shake it hard to mix it up properly, and then pour it out and let it set about 5 min until the air bubbles disappear, so I usually prepare several panels at a time. But it's a very nice surface to draw on and easier/cheaper than most alternatives.
By Wade the Art student
from Murray, Kentucky
I was told I should try out silverpoint and all the ways I was told to make the paper or whatever ready for it were rather expensive or time consuming. This stuff is great, I squirted some onto my canson illustration paper (it was all I had at the moment) and brushed it on with a nice painting brush from the hardware section of wally world and waited until it dried, maybe less than a half hour. It works awesome, I can't afford any silver right now so I'm actually using some white bronze (or nickel, I got it from the scrap bin) and it marks wonderfully.Have fun drawing, I completely recommend this to anyone who lives drawing.
SIlver Point Ground is 'Real Fine'
By the Old Wood Engraver
from Seattle, WA
This product was introduced to me at a recent workshop by a very knowledgable teacher. He demonstrated how to use it, and by doing so inspired me to get some of my own. I did, followed his instructions, and it works great. I intend to show this method to my own group of artists. I suspect this Silver Point Ground is a rarely used product by the masses, and appreciate the fact it didn't have to be 'back ordered'. Thank you for a fine product.
A single coat did it for me. Works very well. Nice surface.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
By Freddy G
I have tried a number of grounds for silverpoint including the kind that you have to cook with rabbit skin glue and this gound by Golden rivals the best of everything I have used. It is easy to brush on to the surfaces I use (hard board and watercolor papers)and with a hairdryer, I can get several coats done in an hour. I also have used it successfully with tube watercolor mixed in to tint the background of my drawings. Highly reccommend this ground.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Absolutely loved it!
By Art Lover Lisa
I've wanted to try silver point for years but preparing the paper surface was always too daunting. This worked beautifully - I applied one layer of the ground on cold press watercolor paper, let it dry, and put some sterling silver wire in a mechanical pencil and started sketching. It was a joy to use, incredibly simple, and I love the results!
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