How to Make the Color Yellow Darker

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You may want to have a deeper, darker yellow in your painting, but you don't have the shade you want in a bottle. Making a dark yellow is not as simple as mixing black into yellow paint. The color will come out with a bluish hue. Instead, you can mix other colors with your yellow to find the shade you desire. Many artists enjoy making their own shades of color from a few basic colors. With the proper guidance, you can experiment mixing colors to get the perfect shade.

How to Make the Color Yellow Darker
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Things You'll Need

  • Tube of red paint
  • Tube of yellow paint
  • Tube of white paint
  • Paint brush
  • Palette
Step 1

Put two parts yellow on your palette.

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Step 2

Put one part red on your palette touching the yellow.

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Step 3

Put one part white next to the other two colors on your palette.

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Step 4

Gently mix the colors together with the stick end of your paint brush until you have a fully mixed color.

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Step 5

After you have found your darker yellow, experiment with amounts of the other colors until you have created the perfect, dark yellow.

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