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How To Mix Black Paint – 11 Recipes

How To Mix Black Paint – 11 Recipes


Phthalo Blue and Van Dyke Red. Phthalo Blue is a very potent color. If I thin it out with water you can see it’s
quite a brilliant blue. Some artists don’t like to use it because
it can overpower the other colors in a painting, but you can also neutralize it. In this case I’m going to use Van Dyke Red. And if you add a little bit to it, it will
dull down that blue so it’s not so saturated. You can see that’s duller than the pure Phthalo
Blue. Now to make a black you just add more of the
Van Dyke Red. It will get darker and darker, and then if
you add enough it will turn black. I can see that’s still looks too blue, I’ll
add more Van Dyke Red. It’s starting to look pretty neutral. So I’ve add some Titanium White and I’ll mix
some of that black into it. It’s a pretty neutral gray, I think it’s on
the cool side, if I added a little bit more Van Dyke Red to it, it would be more neutral. Now Van Dyke Red I’ve only found it in Liquitex
acrylics but if you look at the pigment index number it’s PBr 25 and I know Winsor & Newton
makes an oil paint. I think it might be Transparent Maroon that’s
the same pigment. If you don’t have Van Dyke Red you can use
an orange to make a black with Phthalo Blue. Here I have Pyrrole Orange and that will also
make a black when you mix it with Phthalo Blue. It might a little bit of a blue tint. I don’t think it goes as neutral as the Van
Dyke Red. That looks pretty black, but I think when
I add white to it, it will be kind of on the cool side. It’s very blue. So if I add more orange, it’s starts to get
more gray. I could also add more orange to the black
here and it will get more neutral. On camera I’m sure it looks really dark but
I can see this looks kind of blueish. It doesn’t really get as as the Van Dyke Red,
but it will work. Phthalo Blue and Vat Orange will also make
a black. It’s the same procedure, you just keep adding
orange until it goes black. It’s not jet black, but it’ll work. And if I add white to it, it’s a pretty neutral
gray. Another use for all these formulas is that
you can use them in gradients and the cool thing is you can do a gradient from Phthalo
Blue to a bright orange and in the middle you’ll have like a neutral gray. You can use this orange to dull down Phthalo
Blue too. If I add little bit more, it will go even
more neutral. A very popular recipe for making black is
Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue. When you add the Burnt Umber to the Ultramarine
it goes black pretty quickly and it’s creates a very neutral black. I’ll add some white to see how neutral it
is. Yeah, it does make a very neutral gray. I think this is very popular because it creates
a neutral gray and most artists have these colors on their palette. Burnt Sienna works with Ultramarine Blue too. You just mix some Burnt Sienna into the blue and
it starts neutralizing it. I think the Burnt Umber makes it a little
bit darker. This is kind of like a very dark gray. I can add white to make a gray and as you
can see that makes a neutral gray too. I prefer the Burnt Sienna over the Burnt Umber
because you can get all these nice warm orange colors and you can even do a painting with
nothing but these two colors plus white. You can get a nice warm orange and all these
browns and you can get, you know, a nice shade of blue. And if you add white to all these colors you
can get a light blue, you can get a light orange. It’s a very useful color mixture. Dioxazine Purple and Light Green Permanent. This purple is fairly dark to start with so
you just need to neutralize it and most people think of yellow as the opposite of purple
but it’s actually green that will neutralize dioxazine purple. It tends to make more of a dark gray than
a pure black. This is looking pretty neutral, maybe a touch
more purple. On camera, I’m sure it’s looking pretty dark. This to me looks like a dark gray, sort of
like a graphite color. I’m adding a touch of white to make a gray. This looks pretty neutral. I’ll add more white to make it a lighter gray. This is Yellow Medium Azo and I’m going to
show you what happens when you mix yellow and purple together. It creates more of a brown. You might call that a neutral but it’s definitely
not gray, it’s not making it neutral. That’s pretty brown. There are a lot of color wheels that have
yellow opposite of purple and that implies that it’s a complementary color but as you
can see it’s not a mixing complement. You don’t get a completely neutral color when
you mix the two together. Phthalo Blue, Quincaridone Magenta, and Hansa
Yellow Medium. You can use these as primary colors but that’s
actually a topic for another video that I might make in the future. The way that mix black from these colors is
that I make a blueish purple by mixing Quinacridone Magenta and Phthalo Blue and then I neutralize
it with the Hansa Yellow Medium. Now this purple is different than the previous
color combinations, it’s more of a blue purple so this should neutralize it. It’s looking kind of green so if it looks
green you add a little bit of magenta. That’s starting to look pretty neutral. You can really fine tune this and get it completely
neutral. I’ll add it to white to see if it makes a
nice gray. That looks pretty good to me. Phthalo Green and Napthol Red Light. Phthalo Green’s a very potent color, just
like Phthalo Blue. You can mix a black by mixing Phthalo Green
with Napthol Red Light. There’s a fine line between the red and the
green when you’re mixing them. This looks pretty black right here but it
does have a greenish undertone. If I try to add more red to it, it does make
it look more neutral. When you paint it real thick like this here,
it will look like black but when you thin it out with water, like if you’re painting
with watercolors or if you add white to it, you’ll definitely see the undertones. So I’m going to add white to this to see how
neutral it is. It’s not too bad. It might be a little bit on the cool side
but I think that reads as a gray. What’s nice about mixing your own blacks is
that they have more interest and variety. I don’t know if you can see it on the camera
but in the thinner areas there’s a little bit of color that shows through and that can
make your paintings more interesting than just using a flat black. Pthalo Green and Quinacridone Red. This is pretty much the same formula as the
previous recipe, but if you don’t have the Napthol Red Light you can substitute Quinacridone
Red. In fact, these are the two colors that Gamblin
uses to make their chromatic black. I find that they don’t create a completely
neutral black, like I said in the last segment, but that might be good. It’s nice to have some variety in your black
areas of your painting. It does make a nice transparent black. When you put it on full strength it does appear
to be a black. A pretty neutral black. I’ll add white to it to try and make a gray. It does look fairly neutral. Ultramarine Blue, Pyrrole Red, and Hansa Yellow
Medium. These are pretty close to what the traditional
primary colors are and I use the same strategy of mixing blue and the red together. And as you can see it does not make a very
pure purple. So I like to use the transparent yellow because
I think the more opaque yellow will make it lighter. It kind of behaves like a white. So I’m just trying to balance this out. It looks too red so I’m going to add more
blue to it. It never really gets completely black. On camera it looks blacker but in person,
it definitely has like a dark gray, a very dark gray appearance. I think that’s about as close it will get
to black. I’ll add some white just to make a gray. It looks fairly neutral. It might be on the blue side a little bit. Now instead of the Hansa Yellow, I’ll try
Cadmium Yellow Light and that’s more opaque and we’ll see what the difference is. I’ll really should have started with the blue
and red first but that’s okay. So that looks green to me. I’ll add more red to it. That’s probably too much red. Now I’ll add more blue. It’s just a matter of balancing out the different
colors to make it neutral. This probably as close as it’s going to get
to being a neutral black but this is definitely lighter than the previous version and I believe
that’s because the Cadmium Yellow is more opaque. It sort of behaves like a white. I’ll add some white just to see how neutral
the gray is. It’s not too bad. So that’s eleven different ways to mix black. I have other color mixing videos. You can check out my playlist on color mixing
and color theory, and watch my other videos. Thanks for watching.

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