Acrylic Paint Color Mixing Recipes
Acrylic Paint Color Mixing Recipes
Beginning with the primary colors, we say : Red with yellow, commingled in varying proportions, produces scarlet, orange, and orange-yellow, in infinitude of tones ; and these are termed secondary colors. Red with blue gives the whole range of crimsons and purples, according as the amount of blue is varied. Yellow with blue gives all the tones of blue and yellow green, as the blue or yellow in the mixture predominates.
These secondary colors will be pure in tone just in degree as the primaries of which they are compounded are pure. The other secondary color, pure gray, is derived from the extreme colors, black and white. It is a cold, entirely neutral tint or shade, and will be pure just in proportion as the black is intensely black and the white purely white.
Red with gray
Red with gray gives first a warm groy, until the continued adding of red carries the color out of the range of grays into brown, and this color so produced would be called warm brown. Yellow with gray gives a yellow gray with a tinge of green.
Blue with gray
Blue with gray gives a cold blue gray. Blue and red with gray produce a nice tint, called French gray, and will be dark or light in proportion to the quantity of white present in the mixture, and will be warm or cold as the red or blue predominates. Red tinted with white gives pink. Blue with white gives pale blue of any desired tone.
Yellow with white
Yellow with white gives all the intermediate tints between the lightest, palest straw-color to pure yellow, and, with a slight addition of red, cream-color. Red with black or deep purple, indigo-color, gives the darkest brown, and will be warm in proportion as it reflects the red ray. Red with black or purple, and white, produces brown-stone color, and a little yellow added makes the mixture a better imitation of this popular building-stone.
Black or purple
Black or purple, with white and yellow, give all the olive-greens. Black and red and yellow with white, give all the extensive range of drabs, as also fawn-color. Black, in mixture, carries all the colors primary, secondary, and tertiary into the range of browns or olive-greens. Green tinted with white gives apple-green of various tones. This seems to include all that can be said instructively as to the mixing of colored paints for the production of the possible derivatives from the primary colors and the extreme colors, black and white.
Below we give the same in a condensed form, for easier reference : Scarlet is derived from red with yellow. Orange is derived from red with yellow. Orange-yellow is derived from red with yellow. Crimson is derived from red with blue. Red crimson is derived from red with blue. Blue crimson is derived from red with blue. Purple is derived from blue with red.
Red purple is derived from blue with red. Blue purple is derived from blue with red. Pink is derived from white with red. Pure gray is derived from white with black. French gray is derived from white, with red and black. Blue gray is derived from white with black or blue, and red. Warm gray is derived from white, with black or blue, and red, with preponderance of red. Green is derived from blue with yellow. Olive-green is derived from blue with yellow and black.
Apple-green is derived from green and white. Silk-green is derived from green and white. Pale blue is derived from white and blue. Pure brown is derived from black and red. Red brown is derived from red and black. Brown-stone is derived from red and black and yellow and white.
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