How To Blend Acrylic Colors

Rochelle Rosenberg

How To Blend Acrylic Colors

July 22, 2021 Uncategorized 0

I know it is Frustrating to Blend Colors if you are a beginner.
I have been there myself and I was so angry not that I didnt find correct instructions but I thought that I am so useless about it.

So here’s the thing, Blending colors and learning the colors is not a skill over night. Its take some trial and errors and many experiments. You must be brave to try and dont be afraid to mess up sometimes.
Imagine the basic colors to be your guide.

It’s important most of all to know how to blend colors so that you wont loose your track whenever you buy a set of 12/24 colors in acrylic or watercolor then when one is finished, you are doomed if you dont know how to navigate yourself from the primary colors.

So Lets start with the simple methods.


Blue+Yellow = Green
Add some white to make the green Lighter..Or add some Yellow to make the hue more Light Yellow Green tone.

Color Experiments

Red+Yellow = Orange
Pick the Red and add small amount og Yellow. To accelerate the lighter tone, add a drop of white acrylic.
Add some small amount of Blue and accelerate with Yellow+Red to find the right hue of Brown.

Red+Blue = Violet
Pick the Red and add small amount of Blue.
You have to blend Red and small amount of blue to get the right Violet color. The blue makes the red quiet dark so fast so be careful with the amount of blue. To make it light, add a bit of white.

Red+White = Pink
Get the Red and put some small amount of White. Observe how the colors are blending into pink.
To make the Pink quiet dark, you will need some small amount of blue and it will become like dark red but almost transparent dark. If you want too DARK RED you have to use Red and put a little bit of Black.

To make the gray tones, its important to understand the kind of shadows or darkness you want. There are Light to Darkest shadows and there are also Very very dark ambient in painting. Our eyes sometimes see things just as plain black or white or merely the main information. Our brain though says different and our hand do things reverse.

To make gray tones, I have two alternatives.
1. Gray tones for Objects or Portraiture.
2. Buildings and Landscapes?
3. Both can be used depending on your trial and error approach.

Grayish- this has lot of blue tone
Orange+Blue becomes Turqouise… and if you Add some Red in it…it will become quiet gray with red tones and blue tones. Its kind of perefect for shadows on portraiture… at least it worked for me. You can test by painting subjects that has lots of shadows.

Real Gray
Black+White = by mixing these two components you will get the basic gray.. and by accelerating with white, the gray tone becomes lighter.

Watch the Video here to learn more:

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