Acrylic Mixing like a Pro

Acrylic Mixing like a Pro – GREATART.CO.UK

June 2020 – Content #1/2

New tips to remember to create effectively in your studio.

How to Mix Acrylic Paint like a Pro?

To reinvigorate life to your imagination, there are practices in painting to facilitate the creative process.

For example, to be able to work in oil painting using the rules in art, it’s better to follow the principle of fat over lean, and thus protect against any defect in siccativation.

Do you know of other equivalent principles?

Do you know how to avoid wasting paint to create a new shade or reproduce another?


The idea is simple when you have to create or reproduce a colour, you mix colours together.

But here it is, sometimes we have the impression of constantly adding paint without quickly finding the desired shade. We then find ourselves with too much paint than we need that required only a few touches on the board. And we suddenly say to ourselves: “Oops, now I have too much paint!”

When you start out, you tend to be generous in your mixes this of course causes waste.

Over time, you learn to use good practice for more efficiency.


Here is the recipe to remember to know how to dose like a Pro!


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• Inspired by my Pantone colour chart, if I want a pink as an example colour. I apply to a palette 3 dabs of paint: red, yellow and white.

• Using my painting knife, I take a pin head amount of white that I apply on a different area of my palette. This white will serve as a basis for my pink.

• I then add a touch of yellow and red to my white base, and mix everything well with the dish of my knife.

GOOD TO KNOW: The use of a painting knife is recommended when mixing acrylic paint (or oil). Unlike the brush, the knife does not absorb paint and allows maximum recovery of the coloured material.

• If my colour is too light, I add a new touch of red. I manage to gradually dose and reach pink very quickly.

• Here it is, it’s finished! In 3 colour tips, I get the desired pink! We can then check it with my colour chart.

GOOD TO KNOW: If the pink is too dark, it is better to resume its mixture starting from a new base of white and add a touch of this too dark pink.


• By creating my pink from a red base, I note that it will be necessary to add a lot of yellow and white before arriving at the desired pink.

• Image 4, I am still far from the pink …


1. Always create your colours from a clear base.

2. Lightening dark paint requires a lot of paint.

3. Better to be anti-waste when the paint costs a certain price!

Content provided by Amylee Paris

The passion of Amylee Paris, painter, consultant and author is to share her paintings between galleries, art collectors and her community. Beyond her pictorial skills and her several ebooks available online, Amylee is also recognized as one of the most influential francophone artist-entrepreneurs. She helps beginners or professional artists to optimize their artistic activity.

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