How to paint a shiny goldfish with no metallic paints

The goldfish in my parents’ pond are one of my young son Ben’s favorite things. Their captivating movement and colour is a lot of fun to watch.

And they’re also great to paint. But you might think you need special metallic paints to paint the ‘gold’ in the goldfish.

Not so; their shine and colour can be captured with just the usual paints in your palette. And in this video I show you how:

If you get inspired to have a go painting a goldfish this weekend,  I’d love to hear about it, so please do leave me a comment below!

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  1. Helena Villela on September 13, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I’m loved your paint. It’s wonderfull.

  2. Maysoon on September 13, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Very nice and inspiring as usual. I loved it and found it very informative. Many thanks for sharing your wonderful skills Anna. I can’t wait for your next video.

  3. Shirley on September 13, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Beautiful job Anna, I hope to one day be half as good as you are. Big Goals! Thanks for the tutorial.

  4. Anni on September 13, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    You are amaze’gly gifted girl ! And you teach very well thank you for your inspirations and comments to remind us to make the time for doing this . We have been in the middle of moving for months ah , thank u i do believe i will make this happen this weekend and find my art studio to i can then make the time . Cant wait to take a class one of your classes !

    • Anna Mason on September 24, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      Go for it Anni!

  5. Larisa on September 13, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    What a beautiful painting! I’m really inspired by this video and looking forward to learn how to do it !

  6. Olha on September 13, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you, very much! It is really chainy gold fish. It’s amaizing!

  7. Mary Caton on September 13, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you Anna x

  8. sandhya on September 13, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you Anna…. That’s a beautiful fish . The instructions were very helpful…

  9. sandhya on September 13, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Thank you Anna… . That was a beautiful fish. The instructions were very helpful .

  10. Amina on September 14, 2018 at 12:49 am

    Always inspiring. Thanks for sharing

  11. oswald on September 14, 2018 at 12:57 am

    That is very beautiful and very inspiring Anna…Appreciate you for sharing your talent with us.

  12. Janice Bleasdale on September 14, 2018 at 3:20 am

    What kind of paper do you like to use that enables you to paint so many layers?
    Great video, thanks for the inspiration1

  13. Basia on September 14, 2018 at 6:02 am

    Very nice, Anna

  14. Tracey on September 14, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Thank you Anna. One can see how much you love your gold fish! This is a beautiful video as usual, with so many great tid bits of useful information. Thank you

  15. Rebecca on September 15, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Thank you for your video. The goldfish looks so vibrant and real – amazing as always.
    Love your emails and tips.

    Thank you

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  17. Ee Ai Ling on May 14, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    I want to know What types of colours do you use to colour your goldfish

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