How to make moss green color

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How to make moss green color
Moss green appears in nature as a muted shade of yellow green. (green moss image by Kostyantyn Ivanyshen from

Moss green, a dark, yellow-green colour, can warm up a cool room when you cover your walls with it. Soft blue is a striking complement to moss green, when decorating your home, because these two colours exist together in nature, such as the sky and forest. When mixing colours to make moss green or any colour, a colour chart comes in handy, showing you exactly which colours and what amounts to use for a particular result. Mix food colouring to make moss green for realistic appearing leaves on a cake, for example, or combine oil paints to create moss green nature scenes on canvas.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Yellow house paint
  • Green house paint
  • Paint containers
  • 340gr mullein plants
  • Net bag
  • Large pot for cooking
  • Food colouring in violet, lemon yellow, orange and green
  • Thalo green oil paint
  • Jars with lids, to store paint
  • Pen and paper
  • Raw sienna, yellow ochre, burnt sienna or burnt umber oil paints
  • Cyan, yellow and black ink
  • Eyedroppers
  • Small jar

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    House Paint

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    Add yellow to green paint to warm it up, creating a moss green for the walls of your home. In this way, you change the hue of the green to a warmer shade.

  2. 2

    Practice making the moss green in a separate, small container rather than mixing a full batch. Add a little more yellow or green to get it just right.

  3. 3

    Stir the paint well to get the full colour. Using pen and paper, keep track of the proportions of yellow and green, in case you need to reproduce the exact shade.

    Natural Dye

  1. 1

    Collect 340gr of mullein leaves and flowers from the wild to make a natural moss green dye for clothing. Mullein plants grow two to seven feet tall, with yellow flowers in close clusters and thick, large leaves with a velvety texture.

  2. 2

    Tear the mullein plants apart and put them in a net bag.

  3. 3

    Fill a large pot with water, then add the net bag containing the plants.

  4. 4

    Simmer the plants for 30 minutes to one hour. Remove the net bag and use the dye to colour fabric or yarn moss green.


  1. 1

    Mix thalo green with colours such as raw sienna, yellow ochre, burnt sienna or burnt umber, if you want a dull yellow green such as moss green, according to the late Helen Van Wyk, artist and former host of PBS Television's "Welcome to my Studio."

  2. 2

    Use thalo green as opposed to other shades, because it offers the most versatility of the greens. A little goes a long way when mixing

  3. 3

    Place the paint into small jars with lids until you are ready to use them on your canvas.

    Food Coloring

  1. 1

    Mix two parts violet colour food colouring with three parts lemon yellow. This combination produces a moss green colour which you can use to make icing for cake.

  2. 2

    Combine red and blue food colouring if you do not have a violet colour among the food colouring choices. Red and blue makes violet or purple.

  3. 3

    Add orange one drop at a time if you have a leaf green colour. A little orange dulls the green, turning it into moss green.


  1. 1

    Using eydroppers, combine six parts cyan ink, six parts yellow and one part black ink into a small jar to get moss green. Cyan looks like a blue-green or teal colour.

  2. 2

    Add more yellow ink and less cyan to experiment with the intensity of moss green.

  3. 3

    Use your moss green ink for pen and ink drawings or to fill a fountain pen.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase mullein plants in health food stores or online as an alternative to collecting these plants in the wild. You can buy mullein flowers and leaves in bulk.

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