How to Make a Turquoise Color Paint

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The color turquoise, named for the turquoise gemstone, is a shade of cyan visible in certain bodies of water. Shades of turquoise are also visible naturally in the northern and southern polar lights. Because turquoise is not a primary color, painters mix blue and green to make this striking shade. The fundamental rules of color mixing apply no matter what type of paint you're working with: acrylic, oil or watercolor.

How to Make a Turquoise Color Paint
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Things You'll Need

  • Blue and yellow paint
  • Paint brush
  • Palette
Step 1

Mix together equal parts of yellow and blue paint. Stir until the colors combine into an even shade of green.

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Step 2

Place a dab of blue paint on your palette. Place a dab--half the size of the blue--of the mixed green paint next to the blue paint. Blend the blue and green paints with your brush until they are evenly mixed.

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Step 3

Repeat this process until the mixture is the shade of turquoise you want.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment with different ratios of blue to green paint to produce different shades of turquoise.
  • You can buy different shades of turquoise paint from an art supply store.

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