Different shades of red can be created by mixing pigments together to match your inspiration. Make red hues by blending paint colors with help from the owner of a painting business in this free video clip.
Hi there. My name is David Harris. I've been an interior and exterior commercial residential painter for the last eleven years and today we're going to discuss how to make red by blending paint colors. The simple answer is that you can't make red by blending paint colors. Red is a primary color along with yellow and blue and what primary color means is that you can't blend any two colors to make that color. Those are called secondary colors. So you're obvious next question is how then does a paint supplier make red paint. How that happens is they take a white base coat like they do for all paints and they add a red pigment to it. Now a long time ago it used to be that pigments were only found in nature. You would have to go to a mineral or a plant to find a red pigment to add to paint to paint red. Nowadays and especially in latex paint all pigments are artificial. In fact the only place I think they still use natural pigments is in fine art oil paint. Now just because you can't use two paint colors to make red doesn't mean that you can't blend new paints to make new red colors. If you're going to look at a color wheel, you're going to find that red falls between yellow and blue and the reds that favor the yellow side are going to look a little more orangey or maybe even a little brown and the reds that fall towards the blue side are going to look more like a purple and you can have a lot of fun with staying inside the red family by working around this concept. So what we have here are four different paint colors to represent the spectrum of red. On this side we've got kind of an orangey red or a brick red and on this side we have kind of a purpley red. Also we've got kind of a bright yellow and a dark blue. Now what we're going to do is we're going to take a little bit of this purple red and a little bit of this orangey red. We're going to add it to a cup and we're going to take a little bit of this blue and we're going to add it in there if you can get it out that is. And then we're going to take a little bit of this yellow and we're going to add it to the orangey red. And then what we're going to do is we're just going to use a little foam brush to kind of mix it up and get a new color and the trick to mixing paint like this is to make sure that you don't see any streaks of either of the original colors. So the tip to mixing paint like this is that you don't want to see any streaks of the original colors on the inside because once you apply it to a wall you're going to have a much harder time blending the two colors together. So now that we have four different paint colors why don't we put them on the wall and see what we've got. So what you see on the wall right now is a color spectrum going from orange to purple. Now on the far side of the orange would be that bright yellow that I mixed in the paint and on the fair side of the purple would be that dark blue and if we continued this process we would eventually end up with a complete circle leading from one end to the other. So there you can see four colors out of two paints. So my name is Dave Harris. I'd like to thank you for joining me today and allowing me to share some of my expertise with you and that is the basics of how you blend paint colors to make different kinds of red.