The fall color palette is full of golden yellows, brilliant reds and oranges. Which makes mixing fall paint colors, one of the more rewarding undertakings. However, fall brings forth a vast range of muted and earth tone colors as well. So to mix them, you have to understand how these colors work together.
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How to mix fall paint colors
As you begin to mix colors more and more. You will learn that to get the colors you want, is a lot about experimenting with colors as you mix. In this article, you will find charts for mixing fall paint colors you can use as a guide to get you started!
How to mix warm shades of green
Warm greens are very common during fall. To mix a warm green you simply mix red with green. This doesn’t just create a warm color though but it also mutes the color. Red is the complementary color of green and complementary colors always help to mute a color. Learn all about mixing different green colors in the green color mixing guide.
Mixing muted shades of yellow colors for fall
To create a muted yellow you simply mix purple with yellow since purple is the complementary color of yellow.
Muted yellows are very common in the fall! You can also create different variations of yellow by making it warmer and mixing some red with the yellow.
Yellow ochre paint color
Yellow ochre is also a useful color to use when putting your fall painting ideas onto canvas. You can buy yellow ochre in a tube, or mix up your own by creating a muted yellow. Mix purple and yellow together to create a darker, muted yellow color. That mixture will essentially create the yellow ochre color!
However, when mixing yellow and purple together you can often get a bit of a green color too. If this happens to you, just mix some red into the color, since red will mute the green color.
Mixing muted shades of orange color
Mix blue with orange to get a muted orange. Doing so will lessen the brightness of the orange and will also make it a little darker in the process.
Warm up the orange shade of color by mixing some red with it. You will find reddish oranges all the time during the fall season.
Orange is a big color in the fall color palette and it is important to know how to mix a muted orange to capture those fall colors.
Useful mixture of burnt siena color
There are a few different ways to mix up some burnt siena. A good method is to mix blue, yellow and red together.
However, you need to make sure that your colors are heavier on the yellow and red. If you mix too much red into your color you can always add more yellow and blue after the fact.
Burnt siena is a very useful fall color as you will find it all the time during the fall season. See in the landscape below all of shades of burnt siena back in the hills, as well as in the forefront in the tree-line.
Ideas for painting with fall colors
The best way to learn how to mix fall paint colors is by mixing them in application!
Here are some great fall painting ideas to use as inspiration… You will also find additional tips for painting with fall colors in the breakdown of these fall subject matter ideas, from the list below:
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2 thoughts on “Mixing Fall Paint Colors: How to Paint with a Fall Color Palette”
I’m going to try your suggestions I keep going back to pastels because I can’t ever get the mixtures right. Very few instructors teach how to mix mix colors.
I have made numerous color mixing articles if you need further help – you can type what you might need in the search bar! 🙂