How to Make Dark Blue Paint

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Make blue paint darker by tinting it with black paint; adding a color to another color to create a variant of the second color is called tinting. Black darkens the paint. Both the blue and black should be the same kind of paint--for example, mixing acrylic and tempura paints won't work because the mix will not dry correctly.


You can stir the paint with a brush as you mix in black to tint your blue.

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Things You'll Need

  • Blue Paint

  • Paint Brushes

  • Tablespoon

  • Paper

  • Black Paint

  • 64 Ounce Bowl

Step 1

Pour blue paint into the bowl. Fill about three-quarters full.


Step 2

Dip the tablespoon into the black paint and fill. Pour the paint into the bowl. Do not let the tablespoon touch the blue paint in the bowl.

Step 3

Stir the black paint into the blue paint with a clean paint brush. Mix the black paint into the blue paint so there are no black streaks.


Step 4

Wipe a streak of the tinted paint onto a piece of paper to see the color. If you want the paint darker, repeat the process with another tablespoon of black paint.