How to Mix Paint Colors to Make Dark Blue

    by Kenneth Coppens

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    Kenneth Coppens began his freelance writing career in 2008. His passions in life consist of extensive personal research on food, gardening and finding natural and eco-friendly alternatives to nearly all aspects of life.


    Artists might find it difficult, if not impossible, to find an exact shade of paint readily available in stores. For this reason, learning how to mix your own paint to reach your desired color may be helpful when painting. The technique for manually mixing paint is the same no matter the size of the project. It may be difficult to get the color just right initially, but with practice, you will learn the process.

    Things You'll Need

    • Palette or paper plate
    • Blue paint
    • Black paint
    • Mixing stick
    • White paint

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    Estimate the amount of paint needed to cover your area or item. For best results, overestimate slightly when mixing your own paint because it can be challenging to mix the identical color later.

    Measure the blue paint first. The amount you need depends on what you are painting. For example, if you are painting a picture, 2 tablespoons on the palette may be enough.

    Measure the black paint. Use about 1/10 the amount of blue paint you used.

    Mix the paints until you blend the colors thoroughly. The paint color will have a marble effect if you haven't mixed it enough.

    Check the color of the paint. If it is not dark enough, add more black paint, and mix thoroughly. Add no more than 1/4 of the original amount of black paint.

    Add a small amount of white paint if the color is too dark. Use a very small amount at a time to prevent the paint from turning gray.

    • Keep paint away from open flames.
    • Do not carry lighters or matches in your pocket when working with paint.
    • Work in a well-ventilated area when mixing paint. Paint fumes can be hazardous.
    • Remember, it is much easier to make paint darker than lighter.

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