How to Mix Procion Dyes to Create New Colors

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Jacquard Procion MX dyes are used extensively in dyeing clothing and fabrics, as well as in tie dyeing. Although you can purchase many different colours and shades of Procion dyes, a very particular colour that you're looking for may not be available. Instead, you can mix the different dye colours together to create new and unique colours. With a little help from a mixing chart, you'll be able to experiment with colour combinations.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Different Procion liquid dyes
  • Small bowls, one for each new colour

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Pour 1 part of Brilliant Yellow into a small bowl. Add 1 part Turquoise to the bowl to make bright green.

    For other shades of green:

    Pale Green -- Mix 1 part Brilliant Yellow with 1 part Royal Blue in a small bowl.

    Chartreuse -- Mix 4 parts Brilliant Yellow with 1 part Turquoise in a small bowl.

    Olive -- Mix 1 part Deep Black with 1 part Gold Yellow in a small bowl.

  2. 2

    Pour 1 part Royal Blue into a small bowl. Add 1/2 part Toning Black and 1 part Brilliant Yellow to the bowl to make celadon. To make teal, mix 1 part Brilliant Yellow with 3 parts Royal Blue and 1 part Toning Black in a small bowl.

  3. 3

    Pour 1 part Fuchsia into a small bowl. Add 1 part Blue Violet to make purple.

    Other shades of purple:

    Bright Purple -- Mix 2 parts Fuchsia with 1 part Turquoise in a bowl.

    Red Violet -- Mix 4 parts Fuchsia with 1 part Blue Violet in a bowl.

    Periwinkle -- Mix 2 parts Turquoise with 1 part Fuchsia in a bowl.

    Eggplant -- Mix 3 parts Blue Violet with 1 part Toning Black and 2 parts Fuchsia in a bowl.

    Grape -- Mix 1 part Fuchsia with 2 parts Blue Violet in a bowl.

    Lilac -- Combine 2 parts True Red with Royal Blue in a bowl.

  4. 4

    Pour 1 part Brilliant Yellow in a small bowl. Add 2 parts Gold Yellow and 1 part True Red to the bowl to create a bright orange. To make amber, combine 5 parts Brilliant Yellow with 1 part True Red in a small bowl.

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