How to get the colour turquoise

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How to get the colour turquoise
Using turquoise on a project lends a mysterious, ethereal quality. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Whether you are using acrylic paint for a craft project with your children, house paint for a wall in your home or oil paint for a clean canvas, making the colour turquoise is fairly easy and extremely rewarding. Using a colour-mix ratio of blue and green, you can achieve the shade of the sea, one of the most captivating colours of all time.

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Things you need

  • Blue paint
  • Green paint
  • Bucket or container with lid
  • Brush
  • White paint (optional)

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    Determine how much paint you are going to need for the project. If you are painting an accent wall, you might want to mix a gallon of house paint. If you are painting a beach scene on a 30 by 25 cm (12 by 10 inch) canvas, you may only need 118 ml (1/2 cup) of acrylic paint.

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    Use a 2-to-1 ratio of blue and green -- 2 parts blue and 1 part green. For example, if you need a gallon of turquoise paint, mix 3 litres (2/3 gallon) of blue paint and 1.5 litres (1/3 gallon) of green paint. If you're painting the water on a beached-themed canvas, mix 79 ml (1/3 cup) of blue paint and 39.5 ml (1/6 cup) of green paint. Mix your paint in a sturdy container with a lid, and make sure the colour is consistent throughout.

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    Apply some paint to a wall, piece of paper or canvas. Allow it to dry, and decide if the shade is to your liking. If you want to make a slight variation, mix in more blue or more green. You could also add some white for a softer tone. Keep track of the proportions so that you can mix more if needed.

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    Paint your project. Be sure to cover the container when you are not using the paint to prevent it from drying out too quickly. Store the paint in a cool, dry place.

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