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How to make black paint

Primary colors

Although this is a site dedicated to house painting, this rule applies to any type of material you work with. There is an easy, homemade way prepare the color black with edible vegetable dye, tempera, plasticine or acrylic for artistic. Also for synthetic or acrylic enamel and latex paint.

When you need it black paint, it is best to use one already prepared at the factory, before forming it with other colors. Otherwise, the result is usually not dark enough as desired, forming gray, but generally does not reach absolute black.

Prepare the black color with primary colors

When we talk about paints or varnishes, it is possible to create the color black with the right mixture. To do this we should mix traditional primary colors in equal parts: Red, blue and yellow. Or also the colors of the current CMY model: Magenta, Cyan and Yellow.

Remember that using more colors than another can lead to a variation in the result, so you can get a different shade of black. It is very difficult to create the same shade twice in a row.

Prepare black with secondary colors

If for some reason you do not have the previous paints, you always have another option: do it with the three secondary colors in equal parts. In this way, you should mix, according to the traditional model, orange, purple and green.

Prepare black with complementary colors

Complementary colorsComplementary colors are those that are opposite each other on the color wheel. One is a primary color, the other is secondary. This is a trick that can help you if you do not have enough paint colors. Complementary pairs are:

  • Yellow and purple
  • Red and green
  • Blue and orange

To get a black color you have to mix one part of the primary for two of the secondary. That is, you will need twice as much as the second than the first. For example, a liter of Yellow for two of Violet or a teaspoon of Red for two of Green. In all cases, the resulting color is usually a dark gray tone, close to black.

In conclusion:

If you want to create black, you can do it in 5 different ways:

  1. A red part + A blue part + A yellow part
  2. The orange part + The purple part + The green part
  3. One part Yellow + Two parts Violet
  4. One part Red + Two parts Green
  5. One part blue + Two parts orange

If you have enough paint, I invite you to do tests. Use a little more than each other to get black variations. Adjust the amount according to how you will use the paint. Add white to lighten and get shades of gray.

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