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How to Mix Paint for Tones of Blue

Mix blue paint with white and green to give you various shades of blue.
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An important trait of artistic freedom is using your creativity to discover new elements of your craft. A skill that many artists possess is knowing how to mix paint colors to produce their own personalized palette of shades, which gives them complete control over the creation of their project. You don’t need to be professional painter or artist, however, to know how to blend colors to accent various elements of your painting project. In fact, you can experiment with different shades to create your own unique colors.

Bluish Green

Place the paintbrush in water and dab a little bit of the dark blue color onto your paintbrush. Wipe off the excess with a heavy-duty paper towel.

Dip the paintbrush into the green paint. Place the mixture of color onto the canvas. This color represents the first color you create. This color is a bluish green. In order to give the color a more bluish cast, dip the paintbrush into the blue paint again.

Paint this color onto the canvas to see what color you create. If it is not the shade you desire, add more of whichever color you are attempting to create.

Add a few dashes of white to the paintbrush to obtain a brighter more vibrant shade of bluish green. This will add more depth to the blue green color. Rinse the paintbrush off with water once you create the color you are after. Pat with the heavy-duty towel.

Write in your notebook how you were able to create the color you were after. This makes it easier and less time consuming to know how to create these colors for a larger project.

Light Blue

Dip the paintbrush in water dab the entire brush in the white paint. Take the paintbrush and place half the paintbrush inside the dark blue paint. Transfer the color onto the canvas and look at the color.

Experiment with the colors to find the right color balance to achieve your ideal shade of light blue. If it is too light, add more blue to the paintbrush. If the paint color is too dark, add more white to the paintbrush.

Take notes in your notebook of how you created your ideal shade of light blue. Make sure to document how much of each color you used to create this new color.

Things You'll Need:

  • Medium sized paintbrush
  • Cup of water
  • Paint colors, dark blue, green, white
  • Heavy-duty paper towel
  • Canvas
  • Canvas stand
  • Notepad
  • Pen


To add more opaqueness to each color, add more water to each color combination to make it more translucent.

To add more depth to color and to create darker paint you can use black paint to give each shade more complexity.

Always rinse of your paintbrush after mixing more than three colors. If you add to many colors, you lose track of how many colors you used to create new colors. This makes it harder to create the same exact color the second time around.

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