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How to make, Understand and Use a color chart.

The number one thing you can do to save money in your art stdio  is to make a color chart from your own pallet. Making a color chart prevents you from needlessly buying colors you could easily mix.

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Abstract Paint


8x8 Gallery Wrap Canvas

Sennelier Acrylique Heavy Body 


Cadmium Red 

Quiacridone Magenta 

Cad yellow Medium 

Naples Yellow Light 

Phthalo Blue 

Ultramarine Blue 

Phthalo Green 

Dioxazine Purple 

Burnt Sienna 

Mars Black 

Titanium White 

The Art Sherpa® 

Cats Tongue #8 

The Art Sherpa® 

Round #4 

Cambridge™  Bright #8 

Ruby Satin Bright #6

#1 Monogram Liner

Palette knives 

T Square 

Chalk tool


How to make a Tint , Tone, Shade Color Chart

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Artist have a few things they can do to make every part of their creative process faster and better. Create a habit of being creative, organize the studio, swatch and color chart their paints and art materials. This color chart not only shows the paints true color out of the tube but it also shows Mix’s, tints, tones, and shades .

The benefits of this Chart Are

  1. Save money
  2. Understand my color and color in general
  3. See values
  4. Prevent confusion and frustration and feelings of Failure
  5. Save time
  6. Paint with Confidence

Materials needed for this project

A surface to paint on. You can use any surface suitable to your paint to make a color chart .

Your selected palette of paints

A T Square Ruler

A sharp edge brush. I like ½ or smaller angle brush

A couple hours or more depending on how tiddy you are and how many coats of paint you need.

Vocabulary needed for this project

Hue - Refers to the underlying Color Family Yellow, Orange, Red, Violet, Blue or Green

Color - All the Hue’s , white, black ,tints, tones, and shades

Tint -Simply means to add white to a color -( not to be confused with tinting strength of pigment which refers to how strongly one color can influence another color )

EXCEPT when you say Tinting strength

Tone: When you Add Gray to a color. This can be done by adding pre mixed gray. This can be done by first adding white to a color and then Adding black or vice versa.

Shade - add black to a color

Value - how light or dark something is

Color Pallet - The specific colors an artist plans to use

I will talk about the 11 colors I am using for Acrylic April

567 light Napes Yellow

541 Cadmium medium hue

674 Vermillion 671

deep Magenta 386

Primary Blue 314

Ultramarine blue 896

Phthalo green 211

Burnt Sienna 759

Mars Black 116

Titanium White

  1. You can use this for any number of colors
  2. Must include black and white
  3. This is based on a square canvas.
  4. The number of paints determines the size of the canvas
  5. I used 1” as its easiest for me
  6. You can make your own, on paper or canvas as you please
  7. You can use one of the print on demand options
  8. Free or t- spring either is fine but they are for a 10 color pallets

T-spring Store canvas print out

  1. Divide your square surface by one inch squares
  2. Corner top left always white
  3. Lower left and farmost upper right always black
  4. Divide the diagonal Rows using a T-square or ruler
  5. Leave the outer left and upper right

I organized my paint by Value. That is how light or dark it is on the Grayscale

Value is the number one thing you can do to improve your paintings.

I used my photo editing software to desaturate the color to see the value

Paint in the Outer row

  1. Two coats will make the whole chart
  2. Should be dry between coats
  3. Start at white Paint your lightest value from right to left Starting with White finishing with black
  4. Repeat from top to bottom
  5. For the entire process wash your brush out when you change colors and change your water often

The Tint ROW Diagonal

  1. Starting at your lightest Hue Mix one part of each color to one part white
  2. Paint the bottom half of the square with this 1 to 1 mixture
  3. Take one part of the bottom Square Mixture and one part white again. Take this lighter vAlue and paint the top half of the Square
  4. Repeat for each color in your pallet all the way across and down to the last square


I call this row one BECAUSE it is the first mix horizontal row of our outer colors

  1. STARTING FROM right to left beginning at the first Square
  2. Mix 2 parts of the left color to one part of the Top Row Color (except for the black top row.)
  3. Paint this mix into the lower half of the diagonal
  4. Add one part of the mix to one part of the white to tint your mixture
  5. Do this UNTIL you get to the black square at the top right.
  6. Mix 2 parts of the left row color to ½ part of your black. This is your Shade color
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  1. Mix 1 part of your shade color to one part of your white ( this is your Tone color

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Get   Clean brush or WASH your brush, check the room on your mixing surface and Change Water every time you change a Row of color. 

Get a clean brush or WASH your brush, check the room on your mixing surface and Change Water

The Black Bottom Row has recipe Adjustments 
1 part black side left row to 1 part color top row. We make this adjustment for Tinting strength

To read Your finish color chart

Look to the color you want to make. Find the pure pigment color Straight above it and to the left of it

Now you know how to create EVERY color on the chart BUT you know some other cool things

You know The value of all of your color mixes

This will let you paint things like Green on Green and still keep and interesting value!!

Having trouble seeing the value past the color CHECK this out

Share your color Chart and enjoy your painting

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