How to Mix Hot Pink Acrylic Paint

By Philippa Jones ; Updated September 15, 2017
Hot pink hot water bottle

It is straight-forward to mix up a pink shade of acrylic paint, but hot pink is a bit more tricky. The brightness of the classic "Barbie" hot pink is manufactured, and difficult to achieve using colored paints available in the shop. However, you can create a bright, striking shade of pink using acrylics. The texture and gleam of the silver paint assists in making the pink extra hot.

Squeeze a bead of white acrylic paint onto your palette or plate. It is better to add darker colors to light ones because you need less paint to darken the white, than vice versa. Therefore, you can save paint and have more control over the color change this way.

Add a bead of silver acrylic paint to the white paint. Mix it thoroughly with the brush. This adds a glimmer of glamor to the pink shade.

Put a bead of red paint on the plate or palette, but check that it doesn't blend or touch the white/silver mix.

Dip your brush into the red paint. Add the drop of red paint to the white/silver acrylic paint. Blend the paint together to create a shade of pink.

Continue to add dabs of red paint to the pink shade, until you achieve the shade of hot pink you want. The more red you add, the darker the shade. If you make it too dark, reverse it by adding a touch more white or silver acrylic paint.

About the Author

Based in Bristol, Philippa Jones has been a music journalist and script writer since 2007, working across a range of radio programs in the U.K. and Australia. Her articles have appeared in "Impact Magazine," "The Mic" and in local newspapers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics from the University of Nottingham.