How to Mix Green Paint

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Green is a secondary color that is created by mixing two primary colors--yellow and blue. Painters know that supplies cost money, and the ability to mix custom colors saves money and creates rich and interesting artwork.

Things You'll Need

  • Palette
  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • Yellow paint
  • Blue paint
  • Get a palette and paintbrush. Keep a cup of water on hand to moisten your brush and paints.

  • Squeeze yellow paint onto your palette, then squeeze blue paint onto another area of your palette. Most paints come in tubes, but if you are using a liquid paint, you can skip this step.

  • Dip your brush into your yellow paint and swirl it around in a clean area on your palette.

  • Mix blue into the yellow by dipping your brush into your blue paint and swirling it on top of the yellow. This action creates the color green.

  • Adjust the shade of green by adding more blue paint to make it darker, or more yellow paint to make it lighter.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are using watercolor paints, use a palette that has indentations for mixing colors so your colors don't run. Acrylic or oil paints can be mixed on a variety of different palette styles.
  • To create a pale green color, you need to add white to your yellow and blue paint mixture.
  • You can also mix paint on your paper or canvas instead of a palette. Just add one color on top of the other. This method works well with watercolor paints.
  • Your brush must be completely clean before mixing colors. Even the smallest amount of paint on your brush can affect the final hue of your green paint.

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