Get Ready to Mix Every Shade of Green Paint, from Mint to Forest, with These Easy Tips


At first glance, making green paint is easy: Just mix yellow and blue. Done!

But that's not the end of the story. In fact, it's only the very beginning. What if you need aqua? Or forest green? Or chartreuse?

To create all the gorgeous permutations of green, you're going to need a few more color-mixing tricks up your smock sleeve. Fortunately, we've got 'em all right here.

The Basics: Mixing Green Paint

Green is a secondary color, which means that it is the offspring of two primary colors, yellow and blue. But you can tweak the results in a bunch of different ways.

Adjust the Ratios

Depending on the brand and type of paint, yellows and blues can vary in intensity. You may need to adjust the amount of each kind you're using, little by little, to see what works for you.

Blue can be dominant, for example, when combined with a lighter yellow. By upping the amount of yellow in your mixture, you may find yourself with a more vibrant, balanced green.

Go even further! You'll find that with different ratios of yellow and blue paint, you can create a huge range of greens.

Add White

Once you've played around with your yellow-blue ratios, get more daring and add some white paint to the mix.

Believe it or not, adding a bit of white can open up a whole new world of green. Think mint chocolate-chip ice cream ...

... or a classic Tiffany blue jewelry box ...

... or a gentle spring green for grass and trees.

Add Other Colors

Okay, now it's time to get wild. Try adding a touch of red to your green mixture. You should get a gorgeous shade of olive green. Be stingy, though, or you'll end up with brown ...

... Not that there's anything wrong with brown! For the picture above, adding a touch of brown to equal parts of yellow and blue created a rich forest green.

One final thing to keep in mind: If you come up with a particular green mix you love, be sure to write down your formula. You might think you'll remember, but it's amazing how quickly we can forget these details. Don't let it be the green that got away!

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