Silverpoint / Drawing Ground


GOLDEN Silverpoint / Drawing Ground is a liquid acrylic used for the preparation of supports for drawing media. The ground is designed for the achievement of fine detailed lines on a permanent, lightfast, flexible ground. Silverpoint / Drawing Ground is ideal for use with metal styli or other drawing tools


GOLDEN Silverpoint / Drawing Ground is formulated with 100% acrylic polymer emulsion. It is a low viscosity fluid that contains high levels of titanium dioxide and prepares surfaces to readily accept marks from a metal stylus.


GOLDEN Silverpoint / Drawing Ground is designed for thin applications only. When applied too thickly the film may crack upon curing. A single thin coat is typically sufficient.

It can be brush or spray applied to paper, primed canvas, wood or any surface that will accept a water-based coating. The most common substrate for metal point drawing is heavy weight hot pressed watercolor paper.

Note: Because lower weight papers are susceptible to buckling from the moisture in the Silverpoint / Drawing Ground, some artists may find taping the edges down will help prevent extensive warping.

Brush Application
  • Shake container thoroughly before use as the thin viscosity and high pigment load is prone to settling
  • Open jar and allow to sit for a minute or two to allow some foam to dissipate.
  • Pour the quantity needed to coat substrate into a wide flat dish slightly larger than the brush to be used.
  • With a soft brush apply Silverpoint / Drawing Ground in even strokes, working from one side to the other and keeping a wet edge
  • Brush back over any area where foam is evident in order to dissipate remaining bubbles.
  • Allow to cure 24 hours
Spray Application

No additional thinning is necessary and most spray equipment can be used


Silverpoint / Drawing Ground can generally be tinted with a maximum of 15% GOLDEN Fluid Acrylics without negatively affecting its performance. While the Fluid Acrylics have a thicker consistency than the Silverpoint / Drawing Ground, small additions will only slightly alter the viscosity and should not affect either its leveling or brush application. Alternatively, GOLDEN High Flow Acrylics can also be used up to the same 15% maximum; as these products are closest in viscosity to the Ground, there should not be a noticeable change in thickness.


The term Metal Stylus may be interpreted very broadly. In essence any metal object that will leave a mark on the surface of the Silverpoint / Drawing Ground is acceptable. The hardness of a metal object defines the darkness of the initial metal mark as softer metals allow for more metal particles to be transferred during initial mark making. Over time metals that oxidize will become darker and potentially change color, i.e. silver will be come very black while copper will turn slightly green.


By easily soaking into paper surfaces, artists can use Silverpoint / Drawing Ground to alter the absorbency as well as whitening some papers with minimal change to their texture. In addition, because metal styluses will usually not leave a mark on uncoated papers, many artists are finding that partially coating the paper holds unique benefits. Lastly, Silverpoint / Drawing Ground may be painted over with acrylic paints as well as applied onto already painted surfaces.


The above information is based on research and testing done by Golden Artist Colors, Inc., and is provided as a basis for understanding the potential uses of the products mentioned. Due to the numerous variables in methods, materials and conditions of producing art, Golden Artist Colors, Inc. cannot be sure the product will be right for you. Therefore, we urge product users to test each application to ensure all individual project requirements are met. While we believe the above information is accurate, WE MAKE NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, and we shall in no event be liable for any damages (indirect, consequential, or otherwise) that may occur as a result of a product application.