How to Make Black Paint: Black Color Mixing Guide

Black is a symbolic color that describes authority and solemnity. It is the opposite of white and in the same way they express opposites like evil and good. Instead of these inner meanings of black color, this color paint is also a favorite choice of many artists.

How to Make Black Paint

Be mindful of the fact that black is achromatic and it is formed with the complete absence of visible lights. As it is very darker, making it perfectly is also difficult. Mostly when it comes to making black paint by mixing other colors, you will find it difficult to achieve the darkest look.

In this guide, we will explain how to make black paint in depth. After going through the guide, you will have a quick manual to make black paint at home and this will help a lot in your painting project.

What Colors Make Black Paint?

Black is actually and scientifically not a pure color, but a state of absorption of light. General users of paints prefer buying black paint tubes, but most of the well-known painters make their own black shades. Depending on their needs, they can change the shades from dark to darker.

What Colors Make Black Paint

Black paint can be achieved by mixing equal proportions of red, yellow, and blue. Lighter blue and red will create a brownish color. So, make sure to use darker shades of blue and red. To achieve more bluish shade in your black paint, consider adding some more blue paint.

You can also achieve black colors by mixing other secondary colors. The list includes purple with yellow, blue with orange, and red with green. A rich black paint can be attained by adding brown with blue.

For the first basic procedure, we suggest using Alizarin Crimson (red), Yellow Ochre (yellow), and Ultramarine Blue (blue). This combination will end up with the most expected black paint.

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What Two Colors Make Black?

Mixing two colors can make black, though the shade can be different. A secondary paint with a primary paint can result in a nice black shade. Let’s take a look at some of the examples.

What Two Colors Make Black

1. Mixing red with green will give a black shade. For a better result, use Phthalo Green and Naphthol Red in a controlled amount. By changing the amount, you can achieve a different black hue.

2. Mix orange and blue, and get a vivacious black color. In this case, Translucent Orange and Cobalt Blue are the right color blends. If you need deep black, add more Cobalt Blue to the mixture.

3. Different types of blue and brown colors also provide a nice black hue. Mixing Brown with Ultramarine Blue will end up with a black shade. Mixing Blue with Burnt Umber Brown will offer quite a deeper black shade. For the darkest black paint, mix Prussian Blue with Brown.

4. The purple and yellow color combination also provides a black hue. Produce a mixture of 60% purple and 40% yellow for a strong black hue. Using Cadmium Yellow gives the perfect black shade.

How to Make Black Paint: 3 Different Ways & Step-by-Step Guide

There are several methods to create a black hue. We will discuss it one by one. The following is our first and of course, the basic method.

Method 1 – Using Red, Blue, and Yellow

Necessary Ingredients:

  • Red acrylic paint
  • Blue acrylic paint
  • Yellow acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates

Step 1: Make an orange

Make sure you have six paper plates. First of all, keep red, blue, and yellow paint on three different plates. Now on a fourth plate, put some red paint. You should not use too much paint. It is important to fix how much paint you actually need. However, take the same amount of yellow paint on the fourth plate and mix the red and yellow paint properly. This will end up with orange paint.

Step 2: Make green

Take a new plate, which will be number fifth. Put a certain amount of yellow paint on the plate. Put the same amount of blue paint on that plate. Now mix them properly and you will achieve a green color.

Step 3: Make purple

Mix the same amount of blue and red paint on the sixth plate. This will make purple. Now, you have six plates that contain six different colors.

Step 4: Make black paint

Each of the six plates has six unique colors; red, blue, yellow, orange, green, and purple. Now take the plate that contains red. Put all other paints on this plate. Finally, mix all six paints and you will get your desired black paint.

Note: The process may seem a bit difficult, but this provides relatively better black paint. You can directly mix three paints; red, blue, and yellow but the result will not be to the painter’s expected level.

When following the above methods, use a clean paintbrush before collecting each of the paints. You can rinse the brush with water or use a different brush for different paint.

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Method 2: Using Complementary Paints

If you can mix opposite colors from the color wheel, you can achieve a black shade. It is because the opposite color eliminates the actual color properties; as a result, the black hue is created.

1. Mixing green and red

Take a paper plate and put a similar amount of green and red paint on it. Now use a paintbrush to create simple black paint. Choose Phthalo Green to blend it with Naphthol Red and get the best result.

2. Mixing orange and blue

You can use any type of orange and blue paint, but Translucent Orange and Cobalt Blue can bring an amazing black. Add an equal amount of orange to the blue on a paper plate. Then create a proper blend. A lively black will be formed. To create a darker black, add an additional amount of blue to the blend.

3. Mixing purple and yellow

Get a clean paper plate. Take some purple paint on the plate. Add an equal amount of yellow paint to the purple. Before taking it, rinse the brush and clean it properly so that you can ensure the same amount of paint. Add 1 part more purple than yellow. Swirl the mixture until you achieve a black tint.

Method 3: Using Brown and Blue

An adequate amount of particular types of Brown and Blue can be mixed to create a finer black.

1. Apply Ultramarine Blue

Take Ultramarine Blue for this method. Place a certain amount of the paint on a paper plate. Depending on your project, make sure what amount you should place. Remember that this blue will be almost half of the whole paint.

2. Put Burnt Umber

Do not place the Burnt Umber on the blue paint but near the blue. Place this a centimeter apart from the blue. Now, smoothly mix these colors using a paintbrush. Check and add any of the colors to get your desired black hue.

3. Darken the Paint

To achieve a darker shade, use Prussian blue. Add this paint depending on your needs as it creates the tint of night.  

How to Make Darker Black Paint?

There is no specific technique to make black paint darker. You have to be tricky when making black paint. If you follow our very first method (using red, blue, and yellow) to create black, make sure you have picked darker red and blue. The lighter shade of red and blue will create a brown hue, not the black paint.

You can increase the amount of green to get darker black when making black paint using red and green. Mixing orange with more blue portions will end up with a darker black.

To get the darkest black, you can mix brown and blue hues. With Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber, adding Prussian blue gives an amazing black shade. These small tricks can change the shade of black paint and you can use them according to your particular project’s need.


This is time to prepare your own black paint. You have now everything in your head to move forward for making black shade with the paints that possibly you owned previously.

No matter what your painting project is, most of the projects may need a black shade, maybe the darker or the darkest. The above guide will definitely help you to ensure that you have your desired black hue. Spend some time, be careful to follow the guide, and achieve the black paint that you really need.

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