How to make paint colors or paints

After an article I recently wrote, where it turned out how to make paint colors and white paint to save money, I got a lot of comments asking me how to make certain colors.

What colors or colors to use to get brown, how to make pink, how to get terracotta, how to make purple, how to make brown… These and other questions have already been answered in the comments, but since there are many more comments asking me how to create such and such a color, I decided to make a guide article in which I can explain as roughly as possible which colors we can get by mixing different colors or dyes.

So let’s see how to make some major paint colors or paints. I leave you a video where we can see how to make a step up to 28 colors with colors and colorants, and below the video is explained how to do it with text, in case you don’t want to see the video:

Then we see it in the text:

Paints and dyes to create colors

How to make green

Yellow plus blue on white make green.

Depending on the amount of yellow or blue we will get green or another.

Lemon yellow plus blue on white make the color of pistachios green.

The usual yellow plus blue on white makes the color of the leaves green.

As I said before, depending on the amount of yellow or blue we use, we will get a different shade of green. But if you want to get green, those are the two colors you have to mix: yellow and green.

Discover the 12 colors that best combine with green.

How to make orange

Yellow plus red on white make it orange.

Similarly, depending on the amount of yellow and red we use, we will get a different shade of orange.

If we use a lot of red, we will get a very reddish orange, if we use a lot of yellow, the orange tone will be brighter, more yellowish.

But if what you’re looking for is orange, you have to mix yellow and red.

How to make purple

Purple has many shades. Lilac, purple, lavender, dark purple … But all this is achieved by mixing red with blue on white.

As with all blends, depending on the amount of red or blue we use, we will get a red or more bluish purple.

How to make pink

Pink is created by mixing red with white. The more red we add, the stronger the pink will be.

How to make blue

Blue color is achieved by mixing blue and white. If we want a light blue color, we will add a little shade of blue, and the darker we want, the more color we will have to pour into white.

Discover the 12 colors that best combine with blue.

How to make a turquoise color

Turquoise is a variant of blue and yellow, so to achieve this color we mix a shade of blue with a small proportion of yellow on white.

How to make brown

Brown can be achieved in several ways, as there are browns or dyes.

Therefore, this can be achieved by mixing a dark brown or brown stain over the white paint.

Another way to get brown would be to mix blue, yellow and a small portion of red.

Depending on the shade of brown we want, we will add more or less colors.

If we are looking for a soft brown color, mixing a little dark brown or brown to white, we will get a light brown color, if we want a darker brown, we can add more brown or brown to the white.

Discover the 10 best colors that combine with brown.

How to make ocher color

Ocher color can also be achieved in several ways because there is an ocher shade to apply directly to the paint without mixing other colors.

Therefore, the easiest way to achieve ocher color is by mixing ocher color over white.

Another way is by mixing yellow, a small part of black and a little blue and red.

This method is more complicated, but you may have more paint left in these colors. If so, you get an ocher color with this mixture.

If not, it is best to buy an ocher stain and mix it with white paint.

How to make ivory paint

Ivory can also be achieved in a variety of ways. It is easiest to put an ocher color with a crumb of red or yellow (depending on the shade of ivory we are looking for) on white.

Another way is to mix white and black in equal parts plus a large part of yellow and a pinch of red. Although this form is more complex, of course.

How to make meat color

The color of the meat is very ambiguous because the color of the meat is not well defined, but we can roughly get the color of the meat by mixing red with a few drops of ocher or yellow on white.

How to make gray

Gray is the easiest color to get, all we need is white and a black spot.

Depending on the amount of black we apply to the white, we will get a lighter or darker gray. The more black we use, the darker the gray will be.

How to make red

Red requires white and red.

We will never get pure red, because for that we would need a color with a transparent or translucent base. But if you have red and white, you can get a reddish hue.

The more red you put in, the deeper it will be, although like I said, you’ll never get to pure red using a white background.

These are the most commonly used colors, if you have any questions or suggestions, you can leave a comment and I will be happy to answer or listen to it.

These blends I prepared are made in matte plastic paint. They would also work on a satin or glossy color, but obviously the gloss would have to be added to the final result.

They can also be applied over oil-based paints using universal stains.

But remember, you can never mix water-based paints (plastic) with oil-based paints (synthetic enamels).

Here we can buy universal colors.

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