Color Mixing Like a Pro with Only 3 Colors

Yes, it's true, mix like a pro using just three colors plus white! Over the years I have found myself naturally limiting my palette as I mix my own colors more often. Narrowing my palette to my few favorite colors like Quinacridone Magenta, Hansa Yellow medium, Green-Gold, Turquoise, Payne's Grey and Permanent Violet hue - all by Golden Acrylic Paints - I have found I simply just don't need every color. And with the growth of Color Crush Creative, I have been even more aware of color mixing and how to arrive at the desired colors for each palette. But this learning play with just three colors has brought color mixing to a new level.

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After you have mixed up the basic secondary colors, it's time to dig deeper. It's your turn to see what would happen next as you mix these colors in new and different ways. There is no better way to learn than to play! Try these out a few of these ideas:

  • Make the traditional primary colors red and blue by mixing magenta with a touch of yellow or cyan with a touch of magenta - did you know you could actually mix red and blue!

  • Mix cyan and a medium green with a bit of white to make a beautiful blue-green. You can make your own teal!

  • Add white to any violet to get lavender. Can you make the Pantone color of the year - ultraviolet (purple)?

  • Try mixing a brown by using three primaries or three secondaries. Add white if you need to.

  • Tone down the electric green by adding a touch of magenta or orange and see if you can come up with a more natural shade of green.

  • Adding white to the darker orange could make a beautiful coral color.

  • Can you make grey? Mixing colors opposite on the color wheel (cyan and orange, magenta and green, yellow and violet) plus white will make beautiful, rich grey tones.

  • Or try to make a perfect tint of pink with the red or magenta.

  • Try your own combination and share your results.

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