Learning the art of mixing colors is a necessity for any artist. Most artist painting kits come with a selection of basic colors. The kits typically contain cadmium yellow, cadmium red, phthalo green, ultramarine blue, titanium white and mars or ebony black. Most artists need a wider range of colors for paintings or crafts. If you want to make a color like cobalt blue, purchase ultramarine blue or a kit, and buy a separate tube of turquoise blue. When you mix these colors correctly, the paint turns a bright cobalt blue.
Things You'll Need
- Ultramarine blue paint
- Turquoise blue paint
- Water or appropriate thinner for the type of paint
- Mixing containers
- Teaspoon or cup
Thin the ultramarine blue in one mixing container, and thin the turquoise blue in another mixing container. If you use water-based paint, thin it with water. If you use another type of paint, use the appropriate thinner for the medium you use. Make it thin enough so it is easily mixed.
Add three parts ultramarine blue paint to the container, and add one part turquoise blue. Add the paint in any order, as long as you keep the ratio correct. If you mix the paint in a small batch, use teaspoons for measuring the colors. If you mix a large batch, use a cup. Stir the paint thoroughly. If it isn’t light enough, mix in a little bit of turquoise blue.
Test the paint on a piece of paper. Let it dry thoroughly. Check the color. If it’s too dark, add more turquoise blue. If it’s too light, add a little more ultramarine blue.