how to blend colors

By: Rebecca Mountain (Pen Name)

Hi! My name is Rebecca. I am an 8th grader in North Carolina. I love art!

Let’s talk about art, but more specifically, blending colors. I like to paint instead of using markers and colored pencils because I find this medium easier to use. When you blend paint, something magical happens. It’s kind of hard to explain. But once you experience well-blended art, you’ll understand. 


I am sure that my tips can help you blend markers and colored pencils as well. Blending colors isn’t hard. You just have to have fun doing it. One thing that you should pay close attention to is the colors that you are blending.

Some colors make brown when you blend them, and you don’t want to make your art look muddy. For example, purple and yellow make brown, so you won’t want to blend those, unless you are trying to make a color look like dirt or chocolate. Yellow and green don’t make brown so those would be good to blend instead. If you aren’t sure which colors make brown and which ones don’t, you can look at a color wheel. It is a chart that shows primary colors and what they make when mixed. It can also show you what colors compliment each other, and which don’t.    

There are two reasons to blend paint. One is to make a new color, and the other is to make the lines between two paints look great. Artistic people blend colors because they want two colors to come together without the colors mixing completely. A good way to start is to get two colors that you want to blend. Let’s say that those colors are pink and blue. You can begin by building up the colors. Then when they are opaque, you can blend.  


Next, dip your paintbrush into the pink, and then you can brush it lightly on the blue. Then dip your paintbrush into the blue and start mixing them. Make sure you don’t have a lot of paint on the brush because the blue can easily cover up the pink since it’s darker. When you blend, you want to make sure that you don’t have a lot of paint on the blended area. 

Let’s say that you over blended. That means that one color has taken over the other color. Say the blue took over the pink, then you can go back over the blue with the pink. When you do this, make sure you don’t have a lot of paint on the brush, and be sure you don’t completely cover the blue. Try to blend them into each other again and try to use smaller stokes. 

When it comes to making your blended paint look great, there is no stopping point. When you think it looks good, then it’s done. Your art should be based on you and what you like. The point of art is to be creative. The most important thing is to have fun with your artwork. Now you should try it for yourself — it’s pretty awesome!