Color Mixing Tip: Mixing a Black

A color mixing tip to add to your color theory knowledge.

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Boddy-Evans, Marion. "Color Mixing Tip: Mixing a Black." ThoughtCo, Jun. 29, 2017, thoughtco.com/color-mixing-tip-mixing-a-black-2573716. Boddy-Evans, Marion. (2017, June 29). Color Mixing Tip: Mixing a Black. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/color-mixing-tip-mixing-a-black-2573716 Boddy-Evans, Marion. "Color Mixing Tip: Mixing a Black." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/color-mixing-tip-mixing-a-black-2573716 (accessed October 17, 2017).

Almost any combination of two deep, dark colors -- one warm, the other cool -- will produce a dark, usually interesting color. Try Ultramarine and burnt umber (rather than raw umber), Prussian blue and burnt sienna, dark blues with earth red-browns, You can get a blue-black by mixing thalo blue and cadmium red light. Which side of the color spectrum your 'black' leans towards depends on the balance of colors in your mixture.


Tip from: Michael9.

When you need a rich strong black, mix equal parts of thalo green with alizarin crimson. Over the years, this is the one black I keep going back to.
Tip from: Michael Nelson.

I always mix a chromatic black which is a more interesting color than a tube black.
Tip from Jim Meaders

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Boddy-Evans, Marion. "Color Mixing Tip: Mixing a Black." ThoughtCo, Jun. 29, 2017, thoughtco.com/color-mixing-tip-mixing-a-black-2573716. Boddy-Evans, Marion. (2017, June 29). Color Mixing Tip: Mixing a Black. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/color-mixing-tip-mixing-a-black-2573716 Boddy-Evans, Marion. "Color Mixing Tip: Mixing a Black." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/color-mixing-tip-mixing-a-black-2573716 (accessed October 17, 2017).