With jewelry rendering, nothing helps to convey painting technique like a series of step-by-step pictures.  I did the following necklace rendering tonight, stopping along the way to document my progress in pictures.

Step 1-

Color in all gold areas of your design with the matte gold color gouache paint:Gold necklace rendering technique shown step-by-step (Step 1)Step 2 –

Add all darkest values (in this case I’ve added a medium gold matte shade and a dark brown shade):Rendering a gold necklace - step-by-step (Step 2: Adding darkest values)Step 3 –

Add 1st set of highlights (medium bright yellows):Gold necklace rendering step-by-step (Step 3: Adding highlights)Step 4 –

The final rendering with lightest and brightest highlights added:

Gold and Pearl Bow Necklace Watercolor Rendering by Joana Miranda
Watercolor and Gouache Gold and Pearl Bow Necklace Rendering by Joana Miranda

A thought for today

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.

(Benjamin Disraeli)


  1. fatuma says:

    I love your designs and how you color them, can you please tell me which color and brand you use

    • Joana says:

      Hi Fatuma,

      For most of my jewelry renderings I use either colored pencils on vellum paper, or Windsor & Newton Designer Gouache paints. The colors I use frequently for rendering gold colored metal are Primary Yellow, Permanent Yellow Deep, Yellow Ochre and White (for the highlights). However, these shades, along with the paint brand, are just my preference. (Orange tints for low-lights are also very helpful for creating rich gold color.)

      I hope this information helps! With all best wishes,

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