How to Avoid Muddy Colors when Painting – Color Mixing Secrets Demystified for Beginners

How to Avoid Muddy Colors when Painting – Color Mixing Secrets Demystified for Beginners


  • Carolina Vilhena says:

    this will help me a lot! thank you!

  • pletine ness says:

    Ho wow ! Thank you 😊

  • roshni rao says:

    Thank you so so much!! I've struggled with this for so long and now I'm really happy! I know it's late, but I love you, #makoficationsquad

  • StartArtSmart says:

    I'll be back. Because you talk fast… "Very Great Content!" 🙂

  • Ajayi Modupe says:

    Thank you

  • Drumaier J says:

    That "warm red" is just orange. The video is good though, the point gets across despite that.

  • Aldrin Reodique says:

    I am very happy to have watched this. Simple, direct to the point. Perfect!!

  • Hoàng Gia My says:

    Love your video

  • noorien zehra says:

    i loved it😍 #makofications

  • Kiéra-Ann says:

    It's hard for me to tell the difference between the blues on your paper :/ I get all red and yellow colors, but the blue colors nearly look the same to me.

  • Milly Haines says:

    I could work out what the yellows were but would you me able to tell me the names of the blues and reds please?

  • Jeff Vader says:

    wow my brain is ready to explode!!!

  • Lizzie Lovely says:

    1:29 why is yellow cool and purple warm 😅i know it might be a mistake but i just had to point it out

  • lintgskr says:

    Thank you for the video! This helped me to understand more about the colors, especially the bias part lol. I was about to buy watercolor tubes and this really helped me out! ♡ Bless you!

  • donepearce says:

    Best explanation of colour blending I have ever seen.

  • sapora tube says:

    wow my brain is ready to explode

  • Karen Nelson says:

    I love color theory! Thanks for the great tutorial. This was so clearly laid out, and honestly quite helpful. Thank you again.

  • CriZz Magny says:

    THANK YOU!! FINALLY!! The mysteries are revealed!! Hehe!!

  • Winter Jade says:

    This is so helpful. Thank you so much!!

  • Tanoshisa Art says:

    Very helpful thank you so much ❤

  • LH YY says:

    Thank you for the advice, cheers!

  • MsCrystalwings says:

    Very useful thank you. I always seemed to get muddy purples. Now I know why.

  • alline martim says:

    I loved this video 🙂

  • Salma Nur says:

    You explained it very very very well, i understand it rightaway, thankyou somuch!! ❤

  • jismerai verhoeven says:

    great explanation, just sad you got the primary collours wrong (the primary collours of paint are actually magenta yellow and cyan, not red yellow and blue, just look up subtractive collour mixing)

  • Padmini Rk says:

    Thank you so much.. the video was of great help. I have been struggling with water colours.. and couldn't understand what or where I was going wrong. Well.. Now I know… will wait for your videos from now on!

  • Jørgen Fallet Mosand says:

    I never really think about this, I just do it on the feel and it always turn out good, when painting fantasy nature you can just work with what happens. Good video tho!

  • NovaCase says:

    Ohhhhh my goodness, this is the video that FINALLY made me actually UNDERSTAND color mixing for watercolor!

  • Rixiane says:

    …I'm personally just wondering what she used at 8:36 to write ontop of the paint, in white..

  • little jo says:

    ❗️3:50 what we grow up calling ‘red’ isn’t true red, it’s dark orange (scarlet, pillarbox red etc.) it has too much yellow in to be able to mix a vibrant purple. For an example of true red, look at the test patches of the three colours on the bottom/side of a newspaper page with a colour photograph on it. It’s a ‘magenta’ type red, which we usually think of as pinky-blue-red but is in fact the pure red you need for mixing and balanced colour printing. The pale version of it comes out shocking/Barbie pink. That was the most helpful thing I learned in art class! I think the blue you need is usually called ‘cyan’, but I can’t remember what the yellow is usually- if anyone can say, I’d be grateful. But it’s the red which is usually a problem- most paint sets don’t have it, which is really frustrating and made me think I couldn’t mix. By having to mix all the other colours from primaries I got much better at judging subtle colours and only ever need to carry five tubes of paint, so it’s worth it.

  • paula says:

    Your chanel is literally helping me so much!! I love your videos and they're so so useful <33

  • Lynn Chia says:

    makoccino: share this with anyone that needs help mixing colours
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  • Aprajita Tyagi says:

    THANK YOU!!!!

  • Mariam Ahmed says:



    Um, actually, the three primary colors combine to make brown.

  • aditi013 says:

    So much informative! You are so thorough with this 🙂

  • Alice Pham says:

    I've done painting with only primary colours for so long and I dislike mixing my own colours, now that I've watched this video, I reckon I'm going to start loving it. Thaaaanks! (:

  • Monja Stock says:

    Thank you, this is so helpful! I had a basic idea of color theory but still didn't get why some colors mix well while others don't. I've recently started watercolor painting and it's so much more fun when I understand what's going on 😀

  • Diana Hurbanová says:

    Wow, subscribing!

  • Kim van der Linden says:

    Thank you so much. This was very helpful. !

  • asta_chan anime artist says:

    This is kinda hard but hintfull thank u sooooo much👏👏👌👌

  • Gacha OOF says:

    5:35 I thought that my Wi-Fi it's drunk

  • Dollectable Dreams says:

    This is so informative!!!!! I watched a million color mixing and color theory videos on YouTube but only today, with this video, I finally understood how they work when mixing either a cool or warm color!! Thank you so much!!!!!

  • Mayra Lobão says:

    And what about the other primary colors (that some says that are the real primary colors): cyan, magenta and yellow? Then you’d have brighter and even less muddy colors <3

  • YTDekus says:

    One of the best videos explaining watercolors and color mixing!! 😮

  • Granville says:

    Love it, thank you! #makoficationsquad

  • monjiaitaly says:

    If someone told you already, I don't know. But your designation of cool and warm colors are incorrect. Yellow is a warm color and purple is a cool color, you need to change the line and put it between yellow (a warm color) and yellow green (a cool color) to between purple (a cool color) and red (a warm color).

  • kodkod says:

    ahh yes thank you so much!!!

  • Ivar Ängquist says:

    Do you think yellow is a cool color?!

  • Екатерина Иванова says:

    Yellow is warm colour.

  • fedros7 says:

    How to get nice colors: use the real primary colors (yellow magenta and cyan)

  • Steffanie Olsson says:

    aren't the primary colors Magenta, cyan and yellow 🤨🤔

  • Pretty Repulsive says:

    I've taken college level painting, and color theory, and we never talked about this. ._. why did I even give them money.

  • Olivia Passwaters says:

    This is kinda confusing

  • af0ccce597b35 says:

    very useful, a simple and practical way to explain the color theory.

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  • Terwin94 says:

    Of course the warm red makes orange… it's already orange…

  • Eclair Glacé says:

    Why is purple worst than other Colors?

  • Sarii says:

    This is so helpful! I knew this already, but I never thought about why the colors acted this way. It makes so much sense and so much easier to understand now! Thanks!

  • 秋木休NeGeX says:

    Thank you, will look out for these mistakes.

  • Yohan Kullivan says:

    man, i never learned this in class when i was still in art school. we were required once to make a colour wheel from scratch, meaning we can only mix primaries to make it, but i couldn't get it right; all the colours were muddy and ugly and i could not figure out why. maybe if i saw a tutorial like this back then, i'd still be an art student now lol

  • Dámaso G P says:

    Yellow = warm.
    Purple 50%

  • itsconor says:

    Ive always shyed away from mixing primaries because the results of the colors always seemed strange. I finally understand and I cant wait to make a new painting 😀

  • Monica Nirbito says:

    Ooh, I think my case is different
    I always get muddy color because my student keeps mixing the color without wash it

    Great, I have to buy another one for myself =_=

  • Anju Kumari says:

    the video is awesome but my problem is that whenever I buy a set of colours they only include a warm red and i always end up with weird muddy brownish purple

  • Suzanne Bonham says:


  • Steven Kurniawan says:

    This is so helpful. But why is it when blue go toward YELLOW it become COOL blue and when red go toward YELLOW it become WARM red? What is the theory actually?

  • Cynthia Brogan says:

    Alright so I found her method of finding the bias a bit difficult, so I came up with an easier way (in my opinion)
    For yellows: Would you use this to paint kraft macaroni and cheese? If yes, it’s warm.
    For red: Would you use this paint to make a darker cherry? If yes, it’s cool
    For blue: Would I use this to paint a blueberry or would I use this to paint water. If blueberry, it’s red. If ocean, it’s yellow.

  • Cynthia Brogan says:

    My elementary art teacher gave us random primary colors which wasn’t a problem for green and orange as those were always okay due to the bright yellow, but purple was fucking brown.

  • Kian Mar Bonzon says:

    This is very helpful video when someone is starting in watercolor painting #makofications

  • Fuzz Lightyear says:

    Primary colors are magenta, yellow and cyan

  • KTCLPS says:

    A color is warm depending on how much yellow or red.
    There can be warm purple and warm green.

  • rhonda spowart says:

    Hi Mako, Hi from Australia! I love watching your videos, you explain everything so well. Thanks so much. ☺️👍

  • RocketRoxie qwq says:

    Red, Yellow and Blue actually aren’t the Primary colors. Yellow, Magenta and Cyan are.

  • xPqstelle Pqints says:

    I lot of people don't know this, and probably won't believe me, but the three primary colours you were taught, are wrong. The three primary colours (including black) are cyan, yellow, and magenta.

  • Hunter Southon says:

    Did you know that using magenta, cyan and yellow paints as primary colours you can make red, blue, green, orange and purple? And they should all be pretty vibrant

  • Toni Blackmore says:

    Back for a second view. This time pausing frequently to take notes!

  • TheWishDragon says:

    This helped me a lot. Thank you!
    I have heard other people recommend using two of each primary, now I see why.

  • Itsosupercool ! says:

    And what if you used the actual primary colours? Cyan, magenta, and yellow.

  • Monique Smith says:

    Great video but the primary colors are actually cyan, magenta, and yellow.

  • Yan Chan says:

    Even though those primary colours aren't the real primary colours, this video was still very helpful.

  • Lílian Oliveira says:

    Thank you for this video!

  • Iambasicmint basicallyabox says:

    Echo should watch this


  • Shireishou Author says:

    After see this, I more realised why partial color blind like me can not enter art mayor. But I have fun in painting. Oh well … Btw this is AMAZING tutorial.

  • Adventure Time says:

    #makoficationsquad ❤️❤️

  • Bigpotato :3 says:

    Actually the primary colors are magenta,cyan,and yellow

  • TanyalovMusic says:

    Wow.. I used to draw when I was younger and thought I knew most of the basics but this info really helped me out. Thank you so much 😊

  • Nazra says:


  • pragya sabharwal says:

    It's very helpful. I was finally able to make the perfect purple

  • harjit hundal hundal says:

    The Primary colours are cyan magenta and yellow

  • Victoria Arce says:

    This is really useful, thanks!

  • Dark Wolfie says:

    Why doesn't She know primary colors are Magenta, cyan And yellow??

  • Rafael Nunes says:

    ever heard of magenta and cyan?

  • naly202 says:

    "You know, CYAN, MAGENTA and YELLOW are the actual colours"…. i'm sick of all the people who enter every art video and leave this comment. Where on earth do you find Magenta in nature? show me a magenta plant and i'll eat it. (i don't mean pink, or purple or smth close. i mean the exact shade called magenta) ever wandered why your photos look uglier and muddier in print than in real life/ on screen? exactly!!!! because M+Y does not make a perfect vibrant red, but a sort of light brown, C+M does NOT make a perfect blue but a sort of blueish violet.

    the red yellow blue theory appeared at the time when paint was extracted from nature (boiling plants, etc) C and M are chemically produced aka artificial. printers use them because it is the nearest they can get to the real image thing without putting too many inks.

  • rowena muller says:

    This is such a clear, excellent video on colour mixing!! Its the BEST explanation of why certain colors mix dull and muddy that I've ever seen or read!!

  • Noop Noop says:

    Aren't the primary colors magenta, cyan, and yellow?

  • TheMaybecat says:

    This helps so much

  • Devyn Kassabian says:

    Thank youuuu! I just started watercolor painting and this is perfect!

  • Cody Henderson says:

    5:37 successful relationship guide for colors

  • SleepingWith!AndyVeilBrides!AtTheDisco says:

    The primairy collors are magenta cyan and yellow not bleu red and yellow

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