Mixing oil paints to produce new colours that aren't "muddy" takes practice. Armed with a few tools and some basic knowledge about colour theory, you can learn how to mix oils successfully. Once you have got the hang of it, you'll find it easy to make new colours. From ivory white to mars black, you can mix any hues to create vivid new colours that can help you express yourself fully in your artwork.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Ivory and other coloured oil paints
- Paint palette
- Mixing knife
- Pen or pencil
- Bristol board
Understand basic colour theory. A colour is also known as a hue. Adding white to a hue will create a tint (sometimes called a pastel) of that hue. Adding black will create a shade of that colour, and adding both black and white (grey) will create a tone.
Squeeze a small amount of ivory paint and paint of another hue onto your palette. With a paint knife, pick up a small amount of each colour of paint and mix them together thoroughly on a separate area on the palette.
Use a bright lamp or natural light to get the best view of your mixed paint. Add more ivory to lighten the hue or more of the coloured paint to strengthen the hue's deepness. Mix the paint together thoroughly each time you add more colour.
Paint your mixed hues in squares on a sheet of Bristol board with a paintbrush. Allow them to dry to see the exact new colours you created; paint often is darker when it's dry.
Write down your "recipe" once you've got just the right colour. Jot down how many parts of each colour you used to make your new hue. Label each new colour you create to help you easily recreate it in the future.
Tips and warnings
- Mix paint in small quantities to avoid wasting it.
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