How to Mix the Colors Purple & Red

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How to Mix the Colors Purple & Red
Mixing paint colours gives you the freedom to create your own colours. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Mixing paint colours can be an art form. And although mixing paint colours can be quite easy, it can also be easy to mess up. If you simply add red and purple paint in equal amounts on top of one another, you'll more likely create a purple-brown instead of something more attractive. With just a few simple steps, you can quickly create a few different shade by combining red and purple.

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Things you need

  • Palette
  • Paint brush or mixing spatula

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  1. 1

    Squirt the red and purple paint onto your palette. Ensure that the colours don't touch on the palette.

  2. 2

    Lightly dip your paint brush or spatula into the red paint. Then, using a slight swirling motion, pick up just a little of the purple paint with your brush, mixing the two colours.

  3. 3

    Add a little more red to the purple to create a red-violet or lavender shade. Adding mostly red paint to a little touch of purple will yield a magenta shade.

  4. 4

    Pick up a little more purple on your paint brush or spatula and mix it with the red. Adding a little more purple to the red will create a deep wine colour. Adding mostly purple paint to a little touch of red will yield a royal purple shade.

  5. 5

    Continue to play around with different colour ratios until you create your desired colour.

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