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How to Make Green Paint Darker

Updated July 19, 2017

The value of a colour refers to how light or dark the colour is, and it is easy to change the value of any colour you like. If you find yourself with a shade of green that isn't as dark as you want, there is no need to return to the paint store; adjust the colour yourself.

Place the amount of green paint needed for your project on a paint palette.

Add a small amount of black paint to the green and mix thoroughly with a paint brush or mixing stick. Your green paint will become darker.

Add more black paint and mix thoroughly again until you reach the desired shade.

Tip

Add black paint a little bit at a time so that you don't create a shade darker than you wanted. If your paint becomes too dark, add more green to lighten it. A colour wheel is a useful tool to have when mixing paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Green paint
  • Black paint
  • Paint palette
  • Paint brush or mixing stick
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Jamie Malone has always been passionate about writing and decided to pursue the craft professionally in 2009. She was published in the 2010 and 2011 "O' Cat Literary Magazine." She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of California State University, San Marcos as a literature and writing major.