As a painter, did you know that you do not have to buy a tube of black paint? Did you also know that some of the most prominent painters do not even own a tube of black paint color and prefer to mix their own? In this article I will show you how to make black color to use for your painting and what colors make black when mixed together!
Not only will learning how to make black paint color end up saving you money due to not having to buy a tube of black paint every time you need it. But when you mix your own color of black, it will be a much more vibrant and dynamic black color than that you will get from a tube.
Different shades of black color
Believe it or not but there are a few different shades of black color. I know it is easy to think of the color black as just that… black. However, there are shades of black that are cooler in color temperature and lean towards being shades of blue. As well as shades of black that are more greenish and even ones that have shades of red in them.
All of these shades of black color are what are possible by discovering what colors make black when mixed. When you mix your own color of black, you can control the shades of black you create so much more.
What colors make black: Color recipes for mixing shades of black paint color
How to make black color: with Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine blue, and Yellow Ochre
Red, blue and yellow are the three primary colors for what colors make black paint when mixed together. Simply mix equal amounts of red, blue, and yellow together and you will get a nice black. If you want the color of black to be a little more bluish, just add a little more blue to your color mixture.
How to make black color with ‘printing primary’ type of colors: Phthalo Blue, Quinacridone Magenta, and Hansa Yellow Medium
These colors are very close to the ‘printing primaries’, which are primary colors that are pretty much used by all the printing machines!
First mix the phthalo blue with the quinacridone magenta and mix a good shade of purple. Then, add a little bit of Hansa yellow to neutralize the color. Yellow is the complementary color of purple, so that is why the hansa yellow will neutralize the purple color and you will come out with a great black.
What colors to make black a lighter shade of black: Phthalo Blue + Cadimum Orange
To learn how to make black lighter, we will mix the color orange with blue. The color of the cadmium orange will neutralize the phthalo blue. Which makes the color of black that is created here a lighter shade of black and almost a bit of a brownish-black color.
This can make for an interesting color of black, especially if you aren’t wanting a very dark black color.
What two colors make black a very dark black color: Ultramarine Blue + Burnt Umber
This is one of my favorite mixtures for how to make black paint color because it is so simple! Most artists almost always have ultramarine blue and burnt umber on their palette as it creates a very dark black color!
In addition to creating a dark black color, this color mixture creates a cooler shade of black due to the ultramarine blue in it. Ultramarine blue and burnt umber can actually be used to make cool dark colors in general. As well as dark shades of green when it is mixed with yellow.
Another shade of dark black color: Ultramarine Blue + Burnt Sienna
This mixture is much the same as the dark black color mixture above, of ultramarine blue and burnt umber. Except that the color of black we mix here, with ultramarine blue and burnt sienna, will not be quite as dark. Also, the shade of black mixed here, will not be quite as cool in temperature. As burnt sienna is a much warmer color than burnt umber!
How to make black color with purple and green: Dioxazine Purple + Pthalo Green
However, since phthalo green is a very strong color, just make sure that the green does not overpower the purple. You can test out the color by testing it on a white surface and make sure that it is a black color and not green.
Making shades of black color mixing green and red together: Phthalo Green + Alizarin Crimson
Green is the complementary color of red and they mix very well together! Phthalo green and alizarin crimson make a great black, especially since phthalo green and alizarin crimson are both dark versions of green and red.
Additional color of black mixing green and red: Phthalo Green + Quinacridone Red
These two colors make for a great transparent black when mixed together, since both phthalo green and quinacridone red are transparent colors. However because of this, it is difficult to make a neutral grey with this color mixture.
How to Make Black Paint Color Resources
Thank you for joining me in the exploration of what colors make black when mixed together and how to make black paint color. The examples found in this chiaroscuro in painting article, is a good study of how to use the dark colors we learned to mix here. Additionally, the following are the colors mentioned in this article and are available for Purchase on Amazon.