How to paint a colour chart with six colours – part five

This is part five of How to paint a colour chart with six colours. Make sure you have completed part one, part two, part three and part four before you start on part five. Download the free template here DAB-colour-chart-part-05a and print it out on thick white paper that will absorb water. Now we will be using the three cool primary colours. These mixed together are much brighter than the warm primary colours.

-Lemon Yellow
-Alizarin Crimson
-Ceruleum Blue

You will need some scrap paper to check your colours, some water to clean your brush with and some tissue paper to dry off your brush.

Step 1. Take some of the middle orange mixed with the cool primary colours and paint that in the top two boxes. Now gradually add black to you mixture. Be very careful with black as it is very powerful. Carry on down adding more black until you get to the last box, which should be painted pure black.

Step 2. In the second row start with your middle orange and add white, ending with pure white in the last box.

Step 3. Now mix Lemon Yellow and Ceruleum Blue that matches the colour you made in the previous colour chart. Mix enough green to add black in one half of the mixture and white in the other. Paint this in the top two boxes, keep adding small amounts of black to your mixture until you reach the last box which should be painted pure black.

Step 4. Repeat the process using white to fill in the next row. White is just as powerful as black when it comes to changing a colour.

Step 5. Do the same for the mix with Alizarin Crimson and Ceruleum Blue. Here you get some wonderful darks.


Hope you enjoyed watching this series of How to paint a colour chart with six colours, and have learned something that will help you. You now have the basic information for colour mixing. Keep this handy for your next painting.