How to Create 10+ New Colors From Red, Blue, and Yellow

By Contributor ; Updated September 15, 2017
All the colors generate from the three primary colors of red, blue and yellow.

Primary colors can't be created, they must be provided to you. But once you have the primary colors -- red, blue or yellow -- all you have to do is mix colors together to create more colors. Create secondary colors by mixing two primary colors. Create tertiary colors by mixing a primary color with a secondary color. Whether using oil, water color, markers or crayons, create new colors with a simple mix.

Mix red and yellow to create orange. Orange is a secondary color.

Mix yellow and blue to create green. Green is a secondary color.

Mix blue and red to make purple. Purple is a secondary color.

Mix yellow and green to create yellow-green or chartreuse. Chartreuse is a tertiary color.

Mix blue and green to create blue-green, aquamarine or turquoise. Aquamarine or turquoise are tertiary colors.

Mix blue and purple to create blue-purple or violet. Violet is a tertiary color.

Mix red and purple together to create red-purple or magenta. Magenta is a tertiary color.

Mix red and orange together to create red-orange or vermilion. Vermilion is a tertiary color.

Mix yellow and orange to together to create yellow-orange or marigold. Marigold is a tertiary color.

Mix red and green to create brown. You can add white or black to the brown to make it darker or lighter.

Mix white with a color to create a tint. For example, mix white with red to create pink.

Mix black with a color to create a shade. For example, mix black with red to create burgundy.

Tip

To create a less intense color, mix in a some of its complement -- the color opposite it on the color wheel. Red's compliment is green. Blue's compliment is orange. Yellow's compliment is purple. Create a dull and muddy rust orange color by mixing in a little bit of blue, for example.

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