The most common question asked during my recent launch of the “7 Day Colour Mixing Course and Challenge” was about Alizarin Crimson. Why brands colour mix up their own versions, why it’s fugitive, what would you use it for and what to do if you couldn’t buy it already colour mixed.

In this video Tutorial, I’ll show how you can colour mix your own version of Alizarin Crimson in a way that you can shift it very easily.

This assumes you know how to read colour, but I’ll explain it briefly so it makes sense.

Alizarin Crimson is one of those intense cool reds (red that leans towards violet that can be used as a base to paint a rose, painting a portrait and creates the most amazing chromatic black when mixes with Viridian or Phthalo Green.

So if you’re not able to buy Alizarin Crimson in a hue that you like, mixing up your own might be a good starting point for you.

Ready to try this? This is what I used in the demonstration.

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

  • Phthalo Green-Blue – DMFA24
  • Ultramarine Blue – DMFA43
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • DMFA35 -Napthol Red Light – DMFA19*
  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange – DMFA3
  • Burnt Sienna – DMFA02

*Napthol Red Light was used to demonstrate the need to use the right “type” of red to make violet. The better choice is a neutral red such as Napthol Red.

DecoArt Traditions

  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson – DAT51 – to show you a base reference
  • Titanium White – DAT35 – to see the true underlying colours

Colour Mix Alizarin Crimson

Do you use or colour mix Alizarin Crimson?

What do you use for Alizarin Crimson?  do you have a favourite brand or do you colour mix it yourself?  I’d love to hear from you, so please share in the comments below.