How To Mix Brown Paint?

How To Mix Brown Paint?

Do you know how to mix brown paint? Brown is one of the common colors we usually see in our day-to-day life. This color is usually associated with the colors of fall and winter. It is found everywhere from wood, soil, and natural landscapes to human hair/eye color. Most artists get worried when they are unable to find brown paint in their art supplies. So, in today’s post, I will teach you how to mix paint to make brown. There are different shades of brown that you can get by mixing a variety of colors. Let’s now find out how to mix brown paint in detail.

How To Mix Brown Paint?

You can easily learn how to mix brown paint by using the following methods.

  • Using Primary Colors
  • Using Secondary Colors
  • Using A Pantone Guide

Mixing brown paint is a very easy process with acrylic paint. There is more than one way to mix brown paint and is also ideal for beginners. By mixing primary colors, secondary colors, or both, you can create different shades of brown paint. 

Without wasting much time, let us now check out how to mix brown acrylic paint with primary colors.

Mix Brown Paint Using Primary Colors

Primary colors include colors such as red, blue, and yellow. These colors can create other colors on the color wheel. If you want to know how to make brown with acrylic paint, follow these steps.

  1. First, add an equal quantity of red, blue, and yellow colors in a palette.
  2. Using a palette knife, take a small amount of red, blue, and yellow colors towards the center.
  3. Now, mix all three colors in a circular motion using the palette knife.
  4. You can pick more colors as per your need.
  5. After a while, you’ll see the paint is becoming rich, creamy brown in color.
  6. In the end, you can add ⅓ white color if required.

During this process, I advise you not to use a brush instead of a palette knife. This is because a palette knife provides more uniform colors. You can also layer each primary color on top of one another in lighter coats if you’re using watercolors/oil sticks.

Mix Brown Paint Using Secondary Colors

Now, secondary colors include colors such as orange, green, and purple. You can follow these steps to learn how to mix brown paint using secondary colors.

  1. First, add an equal quantity of red and green colors (1:1) in a palette.
  2. Using a palette knife, take a small amount of red and green colors towards the center.
  3. Now, mix both colors in a circular motion using the palette knife.
  4. You can pick more colors as per your need.
  5. After a while, you’ll see red and green make a rich, creamy brown color.

However, you can also consider the combination of yellow + purple and blue + orange to get brown. Remember that secondary colors make different shades of brown.

You can keep on reading further to know how to get brown on a color wheel.

Mix Brown Paint Using A Pantone Guide

Have you heard of Pantone Formula Guide? This is a color matching tool that is widely used to find the exact shade you’re looking for. You can follow these steps to learn how to mix brown paint using the Pantone Guide.

  1. Purchase a Pantone Formula Guide from a nearby store.
  2. In this guide, locate the shade of brown you’re looking for.
  3. Now, take the exact percentage of color required to make the brown paint.
  4. Mix all colors using a palette knife to get rich, creamy brown paint.

In the Pantone Guide, colors are written in short forms like CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black).

You can keep on reading further to learn more about how to mix brown paint to get different shades of brown.

Different Shades Of Brown Paint

You require a different set of color combinations to make different shades of browns. Here, I will teach you how to make different shades of brown paint.

  • Light Brown Paint

Do you know how to mix light brown paint? Simply take an equal quantity of red, blue, and yellow colors in a palette. Mix all three colors using a palette knife. You can also add a small amount of white color to make a lighter brown shade.

  • Cool Brown

In order to make a cool tone of brown paint, you need to start with blue and orange paint first. Gradually add green and purple once you’re done mixing previous colors. You can add a bit of dark blue to create a color similar to slate or add purple to create a lighter brown shade.

  • Tan Brown Paint

If you want to know how to mix tan paint without brown, you’ve arrived at the right place! Tan is a very light shade of brown that requires brown to be mixed with a lighter color. Add equal amounts of red, blue, and yellow to get classic brown paint. To make tan brown paint add more yellow to brown. However, you can also add a bit of white paint if required. 

Let us now find out how to mix dark chocolate brown paint.

  • Dark Brown Paint

For making the perfect dark brown paint, you need to mix equal amounts of red and green colors. You can also add a bit of black paint to get rich chocolate brown paint. However, you can also add some reds for warmer darker shades and blue for cooler darker shades.

  • Reddish Brown Paint

In this section, I will tell you how to make reddish brown paint. Simply mix two complementary colors (red and green) to create a basic brown paint. Make sure you dab a little bit of each paint onto your surface to mix. You can also choose the combination of yellow + purple paint or blue + orange paint.

Step-By-Step Guide To Make Brown Clay

Till now, I hope you’ve understood how to mix brown paint. The method of making brown paint and brown clay is pretty similar. You can follow these steps to learn how to make brown clay at home.

  1. First, take equal amounts of yellow, blue, and red colored clays.
  2. Mix all three clays together by rolling them together.
  3. You can also cut the roll in half, flatten it, and roll it again.
  4. After rolling for a while, you’ll get a uniform brown-colored clay.

Similarly, you can also produce dark intense brown colors.

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FAQ

What 3 Colors Can Make Brown?

The three primary colors (red, yellow, blue), when mixed, make brown.

What Color Mixes Makes Brown?

You can create brown from the primary colors red, yellow, and blue. Since red and yellow make orange, you can also make brown by mixing blue and orange.

How Do You Mix Chocolate Brown Paint?

An alternate way of making brown from primary colors is by mixing yellow and red first to get orange and then orange is mixed with blue to get brown. By doing this, a chocolate brown color is created. So, that’s how to mix chocolate brown paint.

How Do You Make Dark Brown?

Brown is basically dark red or dark orange so the easiest way to make brown is to mix orange with black or Ultramarine Blue. To make dark brown, mix any pure red in with black or Ultramarine Blue. Another popular recipe for brown is to mix complementary colors, such as orange and blue or yellow and purple.

Conclusion

By reading the above post, you got to know how to make brown paint. You can easily create brown paint using either primary colors or secondary colors. The colors red, yellow, and blue are primary colors and can make brown when mixed together.  While the colors orange, green, and purple are considered secondary colors. The exact shade of brown will vary depending on the colors you choose. It is also possible to create a variety of earthy shades using primary/secondary colors. Once you understood how to mix brown paint, you can easily create your own customize brown paint at home!

 

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