Home » Articles » Blog » 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 August 31, 2019 Skye Waelchi 100 Articles, Blog Tags: and, color mixing demystified, color mixing for beginners, color mixing watercolor, color theory basics, color theory basics for beginners, color theory for artists, how to avoid muddy colors, how to avoid muddy paint, how to mix colors, how to mix colors with a limited palette, how to mix colors without getting mud, how to mix watercolor, how to paint with primary colors, how to use a color wheel in art, makoccino, mixing demystified, the, watercolor mixing, why am I mixing muddy colors, you Previous: Kill Streak Confirmed [CQB Tactical Paintball] Next: Flex Seal® Colors Versus Spray Paint | Flex Seal® Related posts Holi Festival of Colors 2017 || Acrylic Painting on Cardboard Hi everyone! In today’s video I’m making a small acrylic painting for Holi, which is a Hindu festival of colors that’s celebrated in the spring…. How to Choose a Color Scheme & Paint : Rolling Paint on Steps Alright, so I have my steps cut in now, and it’s time to roll it. I’ve got my brush just in case I need it…. About The Author Skye Waelchi 100 Comments Carolina Vilhena says: May 14, 2019 at 6:01 pm this will help me a lot! thank you! Reply pletine ness says: May 17, 2019 at 11:13 am Ho wow ! Thank you 😊 Reply roshni rao says: May 17, 2019 at 11:17 am 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 Reply StartArtSmart says: May 19, 2019 at 7:34 am I'll be back. Because you talk fast… "Very Great Content!" 🙂 Reply Ajayi Modupe says: May 24, 2019 at 2:01 am Thank you Reply Drumaier J says: May 25, 2019 at 6:41 pm That "warm red" is just orange. The video is good though, the point gets across despite that. Reply Aldrin Reodique says: May 27, 2019 at 4:22 am I am very happy to have watched this. Simple, direct to the point. Perfect!! Reply Hoàng Gia My says: May 28, 2019 at 3:13 am Love your video Reply noorien zehra says: May 29, 2019 at 6:18 pm i loved it😍 #makofications Reply Kiéra-Ann says: June 3, 2019 at 12:55 pm 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. Reply Milly Haines says: June 3, 2019 at 6:50 pm I could work out what the yellows were but would you me able to tell me the names of the blues and reds please? Reply Jeff Vader says: June 4, 2019 at 12:32 pm wow my brain is ready to explode!!! Reply Lizzie Lovely says: June 7, 2019 at 1:34 pm 1:29 why is yellow cool and purple warm 😅i know it might be a mistake but i just had to point it out Reply lintgskr says: June 8, 2019 at 8:46 am 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! Reply donepearce says: June 10, 2019 at 2:52 pm Best explanation of colour blending I have ever seen. Reply sapora tube says: June 10, 2019 at 5:22 pm wow my brain is ready to explode Reply Karen Nelson says: June 12, 2019 at 2:04 am I love color theory! Thanks for the great tutorial. This was so clearly laid out, and honestly quite helpful. Thank you again. Reply CriZz Magny says: June 13, 2019 at 6:05 am THANK YOU!! FINALLY!! The mysteries are revealed!! Hehe!! Reply Winter Jade says: June 13, 2019 at 9:34 pm This is so helpful. Thank you so much!! Reply Tanoshisa Art says: June 14, 2019 at 12:33 pm Very helpful thank you so much ❤ Reply LH YY says: June 15, 2019 at 6:34 am Thank you for the advice, cheers! Reply MsCrystalwings says: June 15, 2019 at 9:52 am Very useful thank you. I always seemed to get muddy purples. Now I know why. Reply alline martim says: June 16, 2019 at 1:08 pm I loved this video 🙂 Reply Salma Nur says: June 17, 2019 at 4:21 pm You explained it very very very well, i understand it rightaway, thankyou somuch!! ❤ Reply jismerai verhoeven says: June 18, 2019 at 7:31 pm 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) Reply Padmini Rk says: June 19, 2019 at 1:47 pm 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! Reply Jørgen Fallet Mosand says: June 19, 2019 at 4:11 pm 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! Reply NovaCase says: June 19, 2019 at 5:02 pm Ohhhhh my goodness, this is the video that FINALLY made me actually UNDERSTAND color mixing for watercolor! Reply Rixiane says: June 20, 2019 at 6:35 am …I'm personally just wondering what she used at 8:36 to write ontop of the paint, in white.. Reply little jo says: June 29, 2019 at 1:35 pm ❗️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. Reply paula says: July 6, 2019 at 1:06 pm Your chanel is literally helping me so much!! I love your videos and they're so so useful <33 Reply Lynn Chia says: July 7, 2019 at 8:12 am makoccino: share this with anyone that needs help mixing coloursme: hOw Do YoU sHaRe WiTh YoUrSeLf Reply Aprajita Tyagi says: July 7, 2019 at 1:03 pm THANK YOU!!!! Reply Mariam Ahmed says: July 11, 2019 at 4:15 pm YOOOO I LOVE U SM THANK U Reply SULTAN OF SYMMETRY says: July 12, 2019 at 8:16 am Um, actually, the three primary colors combine to make brown. Reply aditi013 says: July 12, 2019 at 3:03 pm So much informative! You are so thorough with this 🙂 Reply Alice Pham says: July 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm 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! (: Reply Monja Stock says: July 14, 2019 at 2:20 pm 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 😀 Reply Diana Hurbanová says: July 15, 2019 at 9:08 am Wow, subscribing! Reply Kim van der Linden says: July 15, 2019 at 12:26 pm Thank you so much. This was very helpful. ! Reply asta_chan anime artist says: July 15, 2019 at 6:48 pm This is kinda hard but hintfull thank u sooooo much👏👏👌👌 Reply Gacha OOF says: July 18, 2019 at 11:23 am 5:35 I thought that my Wi-Fi it's drunk Reply Dollectable Dreams says: July 18, 2019 at 12:42 pm 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!!!!! Reply Mayra Lobão says: July 20, 2019 at 3:31 pm 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 Reply YTDekus says: July 21, 2019 at 5:26 pm One of the best videos explaining watercolors and color mixing!! 😮 Reply Granville says: July 22, 2019 at 9:25 pm Love it, thank you! #makoficationsquad Reply monjiaitaly says: July 23, 2019 at 2:52 am 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). Reply kodkod says: July 23, 2019 at 6:17 am ahh yes thank you so much!!! Reply Ivar Ängquist says: July 23, 2019 at 10:25 am Do you think yellow is a cool color?! Reply Екатерина Иванова says: July 23, 2019 at 3:54 pm Yellow is warm colour. Reply fedros7 says: July 24, 2019 at 2:50 pm How to get nice colors: use the real primary colors (yellow magenta and cyan) Reply Steffanie Olsson says: July 24, 2019 at 5:03 pm aren't the primary colors Magenta, cyan and yellow 🤨🤔 Reply Pretty Repulsive says: July 25, 2019 at 10:57 am I've taken college level painting, and color theory, and we never talked about this. ._. why did I even give them money. Reply Olivia Passwaters says: July 26, 2019 at 11:52 am This is kinda confusing Reply af0ccce597b35 says: July 26, 2019 at 3:26 pm very useful, a simple and practical way to explain the color theory. Reply Bfine says: July 26, 2019 at 6:11 pm if u love art for painting & wall painting…visit my channel Reply Terwin94 says: July 26, 2019 at 9:28 pm Of course the warm red makes orange… it's already orange… Reply Eclair Glacé says: July 27, 2019 at 7:27 am Why is purple worst than other Colors? Reply Sarii says: July 28, 2019 at 5:53 am 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! Reply 秋木休NeGeX says: July 28, 2019 at 11:33 am Thank you, will look out for these mistakes. Reply Yohan Kullivan says: July 28, 2019 at 3:57 pm 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 Reply Dámaso G P says: July 28, 2019 at 9:48 pm Yellow = warm.Purple 50% Reply itsconor says: July 29, 2019 at 12:15 am 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 😀 Reply Monica Nirbito says: August 1, 2019 at 12:50 pm Ooh, I think my case is differentI always get muddy color because my student keeps mixing the color without wash it Great, I have to buy another one for myself =_= Reply Anju Kumari says: August 4, 2019 at 4:34 am 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 Reply Suzanne Bonham says: August 4, 2019 at 10:29 pm Excellent!! Reply Steven Kurniawan says: August 5, 2019 at 11:05 am 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? Reply Cynthia Brogan says: August 7, 2019 at 3:16 pm 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 coolFor 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. Reply Cynthia Brogan says: August 7, 2019 at 3:19 pm 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. Reply Kian Mar Bonzon says: August 9, 2019 at 11:23 am This is very helpful video when someone is starting in watercolor painting #makofications Reply Fuzz Lightyear says: August 10, 2019 at 11:47 am Primary colors are magenta, yellow and cyan Reply KTCLPS says: August 10, 2019 at 2:04 pm A color is warm depending on how much yellow or red.There can be warm purple and warm green. Reply rhonda spowart says: August 11, 2019 at 9:54 am Hi Mako, Hi from Australia! I love watching your videos, you explain everything so well. Thanks so much. ☺️👍 Reply RocketRoxie qwq says: August 12, 2019 at 5:02 pm Red, Yellow and Blue actually aren’t the Primary colors. Yellow, Magenta and Cyan are. Reply xPqstelle Pqints says: August 13, 2019 at 3:05 pm 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. Reply Hunter Southon says: August 14, 2019 at 8:42 am 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 Reply Toni Blackmore says: August 14, 2019 at 1:58 pm Back for a second view. This time pausing frequently to take notes! Reply TheWishDragon says: August 15, 2019 at 3:08 pm This helped me a lot. Thank you!I have heard other people recommend using two of each primary, now I see why. Reply Itsosupercool ! says: August 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm And what if you used the actual primary colours? Cyan, magenta, and yellow. Reply Monique Smith says: August 15, 2019 at 6:52 pm Great video but the primary colors are actually cyan, magenta, and yellow. Reply Yan Chan says: August 15, 2019 at 7:10 pm Even though those primary colours aren't the real primary colours, this video was still very helpful. Reply Lílian Oliveira says: August 16, 2019 at 5:40 am Thank you for this video! Reply Iambasicmint basicallyabox says: August 17, 2019 at 1:46 am Echo should watch this Echo:THOSE ARE NOT THE THE PRIMARY COLORS!! Reply Shireishou Author says: August 17, 2019 at 8:54 am 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. Reply Adventure Time says: August 17, 2019 at 8:09 pm #makoficationsquad ❤️❤️ Reply Bigpotato :3 says: August 17, 2019 at 10:12 pm Actually the primary colors are magenta,cyan,and yellow Reply TanyalovMusic says: August 18, 2019 at 1:46 am 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 😊 Reply Nazra says: August 19, 2019 at 12:46 pm mindfuckkk Reply pragya sabharwal says: August 19, 2019 at 2:23 pm It's very helpful. I was finally able to make the perfect purple Reply harjit hundal hundal says: August 20, 2019 at 9:00 am The Primary colours are cyan magenta and yellow Reply Victoria Arce says: August 20, 2019 at 3:28 pm This is really useful, thanks! Reply Dark Wolfie says: August 20, 2019 at 6:49 pm Why doesn't She know primary colors are Magenta, cyan And yellow?? Reply Rafael Nunes says: August 20, 2019 at 7:39 pm ever heard of magenta and cyan? Reply naly202 says: August 22, 2019 at 7:30 am "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. Reply rowena muller says: August 24, 2019 at 5:33 am 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!! Reply Noop Noop says: August 24, 2019 at 6:05 am Aren't the primary colors magenta, cyan, and yellow? Reply TheMaybecat says: August 25, 2019 at 2:52 am This helps so much Reply Devyn Kassabian says: August 28, 2019 at 3:30 am Thank youuuu! I just started watercolor painting and this is perfect! Reply Cody Henderson says: August 29, 2019 at 4:35 am 5:37 successful relationship guide for colors Reply SleepingWith!AndyVeilBrides!AtTheDisco says: August 31, 2019 at 5:26 am The primairy collors are magenta cyan and yellow not bleu red and yellow Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.