How to Mix Acrylic Blonde Color

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Use a mix of colors to paint blonde hair.
Use a mix of colors to paint blonde hair. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Mixing a blonde color can be tricky because the color blonde contains many different shades of yellow, white and brown, and there are different shades of blonde, including dirty blonde, straw blonde, strawberry blonde, white blonde, ash blonde or caramel blonde. Choose the color of blonde that you want to end up with before starting to mix colors to avoid ending up with a muddy mess of colors.

Things You'll Need

  • Acrylic paints in shades of white, yellow, brown, green and red
  • Paintbrushes
  • Artist palette
  • Paper towels

Start with a base of yellow, white or flesh color. The base color you start with will depend on the type of blonde you want to achieve. Experiment with coloring on a scrap piece of paper before applying the paint to the canvas or model.

Add a small amount of yellow or olive green paint to the base color for the first layer of blonde.

Add a few drops of water to some red, brown or olive green paint to create a color wash. Brush the color onto the hair to create shadows in the hair. Allow the wash to dry.

Dab a small amount of bright yellow or white paint onto a paintbrush. Wipe most of the paint off onto a paper towel. Brush the paint onto the hair carefully in areas where the light would hit to create highlights. Allow the color to dry. Add another wash of a light brown or olive color if the blonde ended up too light. You can also add a wash of gray for a slightly different shade of blonde.

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