Mixing purple paint requires blending red and blue paint together for a base and adding white to create a lighter shade. Create hand mixed purple paint, coming up with hundreds of purple shades using just red and blue paint, with a demonstration from a professional artist in this free video on art.
Hello, I'm Matt Cail, of homepaintings.biz, and today, I'm going to show you how to take blue paint, red paint, to mix purple paint. The key to mixing purple paint, is having some blue paint and red paint on hand. I put these on our paper palette, and I have a palette knife for mixing. I'm going to start off very simply, by taking some blue, and adding in some red, right in the middle here. Then, I'm going to start mixing by going back and forth, on the palette paper in nice sweeps. You're going to notice the blue and the red will stop, will lose their color characteristics, as they take on a purple shade. You want to make sure and get all of the residue off of your palette knife, so you have nothing but purple left over. I like to kind of cross hatch a couple of times both ways, just to get those last bit of stubborn pigment. In this way, we get a nice, good base coat of purple paint, but what if you want lighter purple paint? What's the way to get to that? And that is by having some white paint added in, so real quick, add some white paint to our paper palette. Take some of this in here, add a new, like a new little mixing area, because this is a whole lot of purple paint, and you don't necessarily need to put tons of white in there. Now, let's mix in the white. It's similar to what happened before. You're going to start to see the pigments mixing together, and becoming a nice light purple, the type of purple you'd have on a misty, misty morning. Now, you can use all these three colors, to come up with a variety of shades. You want more blue purple in your light? Grab some blue, mix that on in there. Now, it's going to still be purple, but you're going to start to see a lot more of a stronger blue color, there. Conversely, if you want warmer purple, put in more red, and you're going to start noticing more of a purple, trying to border on magenta. These are just some basic tips, for you to be mixing your purple paint. I'm Matt Cail, of homepaintings.biz, and I hope you enjoyed today's session, on how to mix purple paint.