How to add 154 different colors

How to add 154 different colors

How to add 154 different colors for your acrylic arsenal

Think of all the paint mistakes we have made in recent years. Remember all the mud you made trying to blend the perfect shade of purple or orange? What if someone told you that you could buy paint colors and eight that magically become more than 150 colors? Well, you can do it. Making some rational choice of pigments can lead to a wide collection in no time. Let me tell you how.

The key is to choose pigments that play well together and are clean mixers. To do this, we use “modern” pigments from chemical laboratories. These pigments are known for their ability to allow light to pass through them, almost like a colored glass.


Fluid acrylics (I use Gold Artist Colors)
Quinacridone red
Anthraquinone blue
Yellow Hansa (average)
Violet interference
Iridescent gold (depth)
Micaceous iron oxide
White titanium
Bone carbon black
Synthetic brush
1. Begin with a red, blue and yellow primary triad: quinacridone red (free of red), anthraquinone blue and yellow medium Hansa. All three are deeply saturated and intense pigments with strong color: the color results from the addition of white to the original color. This means that you can use very little paint to achieve excellent color. Combine the individual colors together for clear and crisp secondary colors: orange, purple and green. (Figure 1)

Note: Tertiary colors can be created secondary colors when mixed with those adjacent to them. So far, we can produce at least 12 colors of this single triad.


Color artists | Chris Cozen,
Figure 2: Full color (anthraquinone blue, yellow hansa or quinacridone red), micaceous iron oxide plus color, violet purple plus gold, purple and violet gold.


2. Add a red, blue and yellow triad magic interference color, and create another set of 12 colors. Adding paint interference will create an opalescent quality that refracts light and modifies the original to which it was added. Now we have 25 colors: the only interference and blends. My favorites are interference purple and green interference. (Figure 2)

3. Create a third set of 12 colors by adding a single color of the iridescent paint. The reflective qualities of metal iridescent paints result in colors with high brightness, which allow the light to dance across the surface. Because we can use the unique iridescent as a separate color, which brings us to 38 colors. I look at its gold majority (depth) or money for it. (Figure 2)

4. Add a fourth set of 12 colors counts the introduction of micaceous iron oxide (MIO). This dark paint is actually granular particles suspended in a transparent binder that takes on the pigment color with which it is mixed. These jagged gray blends are great additions to your color library. This will list up to 50 colors for MIO is also a stand-alone color. (Figure 2)

5. Insert white titanium. This very opaque white paint will allow you to create a minimum distance of at least six tones each of the 12 original colors created from the red, blue and yellow triad. These 48 colors are a paler range of colors that fade to lighter cakes by increasing the amount of added white. They will also be denser and give greater coverage. This makes our account because the white 99 can also be alone. For those of you who are true color seekers, this minimum interval is only the beginning.


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