How to Make Burgundy Colored Paint

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How to Make Burgundy Colored Paint
Use a clean palette to properly mix your paint colours to make burgundy. (Palette with oil paints image by petercoupe from

Although burgundy paint is widely available at hobby and craft stores, many painters still prefer to mix their own colours on their palette. Mixing the colours yourself gives you a little more control over the shade and effect of the paint, allowing you to achieve a nuance you might not find in commercially sold burgundies. Making burgundy only needs three different colours: warm red, blue and true black. The best part about mixing your own colours is that if you feel the burgundy is too dark or too light, you just add a little more red or black to get the colour perfect.

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Things you need

  • Palette
  • Warm red acrylic paint
  • Blue acrylic paint
  • Palette knife
  • True black acrylic paint

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  1. 1

    Squeeze the red paint on to your palette. You'll want about 4 tsp of paint on your palette.

  2. 2

    Squeeze 1 tsp of blue paint onto your palette.

  3. 3

    Mix the two colours together using your palette knife. You should have created purple with a red base.

  4. 4

    Squeeze 1/4 tsp of true black onto the purple colour. Use your palette knife to work the black paint into the purple. This will make burgundy.

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