When you are in the early or intermediate stages of learning art, colour mixing is one of those “things” that can help you save money and really boost your skills as an artist, regardless if you paint just for yourself or you want to sell your art.

​If you’d like to feel more comfortable with colour mixing, this tutorial will help you get there by working with two very popular colours used for glazing and for mixed media.

​Even if you don’t have the perfect palette (which doesn’t exist btw) you can still come up with alternatives that will work just as well by applying some basic concepts.

colour mixing alternative to Transparent Red Iron Oxide

Colour mixing Transparent Red Iron Oxide and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide is almost impossible, because those “paints” are single pigments and the only way to do some colour mixing for alternatives, you will need to mix 2 or more colours.  You can see that you’ll never get a perfect match…but you can get something close and the key, is to be ok with that.

What’s the thing that stands out with these two paints?  

THEY ARE TRANSPARENT

That’s easy enough to do by adding some type of clear medium. 

Colour Mixing Alternatives Transparent Red Iron Oxide

Transparent Red Iron Oxide

Look at the Transparent Red Iron Oxide colour swatch.  Ask yourself “where do I think this colour belongs on the colour wheel?”

Look at the Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide colour swatch.  Ask yourself “where do I think this colour belongs on the colour wheel?”

Colour Mixing Alternatives Transparent Red Iron Oxide

Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide

When you have an idea where the colours are on the colour wheel, you can then look at the palette of colours that you have and find the closest match and go from there.

In the video tutorial, you will learn the process, try some experiments, try some more experiments and try again.  

​Colour Mixing Alternatives to
​Transparent Red Iron Oxide and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide

Ready to try this?

Here is what I used:

Substrate: white mixed media paper

Palette: DecoArt Traditions
-Transparent Red Iron Oxide (PR101) – DAT54
-Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide (PY42) – DAT56
-Burnt Sienna (PBr7) – DAT44
-Yellow Oxide (PY42) – DAT12
-Napthol Red (PR170) – DAT02
-Perinone Orange (PO43) – DAT08
-Titanium White (PW6) – DAT35

DecoArt Media Matte Medium – DMM20
DecoArt Media Gloss Heavy Gel Medium – DMM33

If you really like to experiment with colour mixing, here is a Tutorial that’s right up your alley: “How to Mix a Vintage Colour When You Don’t Have the Right Colours to Start With

I have a question for you...

Has there ever been a project you were working on that needed Transparent Red Iron Oxide and/or Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and you felt “stuck” not sure what to do?  or were you able to come up with an alternative?  Please share in the comments below.

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