How to Paint an Acrylic Color Mixing Chart

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Things You'll Need

  • canvas board

  • Acrylic paints:

  • Phthalocyannine Blue

  • Yellow Light Hansa

  • Quinacridone Magenta

  • Burnt Sienna

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Cadmium Red Light

  • Yellow Oxide

  • Cadmium Yellow Medium

Paint an Acrylic Color blending Chart

An acrylic color blending chart is a useful tool for beginning acrylic painters. Painters refer to the chart to decide on the correct hue (color) while painting. As the painter becomes more experienced, this will become second nature, and the chart will no longer be needed.


Step 1

Figure 1Template

Click on Figure 1 Template. The letters represent acrylic colors. Let each letter will stand for a color.

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Step 2

It isn't necessary to use the order that was used in the chart with this article. Some painters like to group in different shades of acrylic color. For instance, the blue shades, red shades, yellow shades, etc. On the canvas board, draw a chart and write vertically the colors in any order desired. This artist wrote in Phthalocannine Blue, Yellow Light Hansa, Magenta, etc.


Write A-H at the top of the chart. The letters represent the corresponding colors.

Step 3

It is easiest to paint the first row vertically and then horizontally. It will also make more sense as you add white to each acrylic color. On the template, the "W" stands for white.


Step 4

Let's assume all the vertical acrylic colors have been painted. Now it's time to paint the horizontal row. Refer to the template. The second square, labeled B reads A +B + W. That's Phthalo Blue + Yellow Light + White. Mix these colors together and paint the square. Use equal parts of each color and adjust as needed. Phtalo Blue and Magenta tend to be powerful colors so it may be necessary to add more white. Continue painting verically and then horizontally until the chart is finished.


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