Most of us are aware of the fact that all the colors in the world are made up of three primary colors only, combining them in one way or another.

The color green is made using the primary colors blue and yellow. When these colors are combined in equal quantities, they make a true green color. Once you understand the usage of color and quantities of each hue to make different kinds of greens.

Primary Colors

The primary colors are a set of three naturally occurring colors- Red, Yellow, and Blue. These colors can be mixed in different quantities to make a variety of colors.

Green is oftentimes mistaken as a primary color but it is in fact a secondary color created using Blue and green. If you look at a rainbow, you will find green between blue and yellow, denoting the amalgamation of both the hues, to make the color green.

Make True Green

A true green has equal amounts of blue and yellow which gives it a neutral undertone. When using paints, or any other medium, take 1 part blue and 1 yellow and make sure they are equal.

Mix both the colors properly to ensure no lumps are left in the mixture. You either use a brush, a palette knife, or even your fingers to mix the paint.

Once the colors are mixed, try it out on a paper to see if the color is smooth.

Play With the Undertones

They are three undertones when it comes to colors- warm, neutral, and cool. Once you have made a true green color by adding equal amounts of blue and yellow, you can now experiment with different undertones of green.

Adding more yellow to the mixture will give you a warm green color while adding more blue will give you a cool blue color.

Working with smaller portions is always a good idea as you can increase the quantities later on according to the kind of green you require.

There are several different kinds of green in nature, you can take inspiration from nature and make a variety of greens on your mixing palette.

You can also try out different tints, tones, and shades of blue and yellow to make exotic green colors.


  • Warm Green: Parrot Green, Lime Green
  • Cool Green: Emerald Green, Mint Green

Make Tints, Tones, and Shades of Green

To change the value or saturation of a color, you can mix the color with white, grey, or black. Mixing with white will give you a tint, mixing with grey will give you a tone, and mixing with black will give a shade of the color.

To make a green tint, add white to the green you have just made. You can also add grey, and black to your green color to obtain a green tone or green shade.

These tints, tones, and shades of green will allow you to play with light and help you add a lot of dimension in your art.


  • Tint: Lettuce Green
  • Tone: Sage Green
  • Shade: Forest Green

Make Metallic Green

Once you have learned how to make a basic green color, you can pretty much turn it into any kind of green color you want. To make a metallic green color, mix it with silver or gold base.

It can be paint, dye, or powder, whatever medium you are working with. If you mix green with silver, you will get a cool metallic green color.

On the other hand, if you mix it with gold, you will get a warm metallic green color.

Make Muted Green

A muted color is created when a color is mixed with its complementary color. In this case, the complementary color of green is red, so mixing green with a dab or red will get the job done. A muted green will be less vivid and look more like a shade of green.


  • Olive Green
  • Army Green

Make Organic Green Food Color

There is plenty of green in nature so; obtaining green color naturally is quite easy. Take 1 cup of spinach and ½ a cup of water. Boil the spinach till it is wilted and let it cool down.

Blend the spinach in a food processor and strain it through a cheesecloth. The strained water is the organic green food dye that you can use in several dishes.

This dye will give you a light green color. However, if you need a darker green, cook food dye on low flame for 15 minutes and concentrate the dye a little bit.

Make Green With Secondary Colors

If you do not have a true blue and yellow color, do not worry. You can make a green color with a few secondary colors as well. Mixing colors like teal and yellowish-orange will also give you a dull green.

Now that you have learned, several ways of making a variety of greens, what are you waiting for? Get started with your art.

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