Have you ever been stuck loving vintage brown, but aren’t quite sure how to mix vintage brown?  

What if you don’t have the right paints to create the vintage brown mixture?  

No worries, I’ve got you covered.

In the original mixed media project named “Creating a Vintage Gypsy Artist Trading Card with the Look of Cracked Glass” , one of my YouTube fans (Mustard Seed) loves my mixture of Transparent Red Iron Oxide and Ultramarine Blue which makes a vintage brown. But she only has Quinacridone Gold.

So in this fan request video lesson on how to mix vintage brown I’ll demonstrate how to mix some colours to come close to Transparent Red Iron Oxide and then to go further, how to shift it even more to make a deeper brown.

But wait… what if you don’t have Quinacridone Gold either?  I’ll list some alternative mixtures to make some really nice vintage browns.

How to Mix Vintage Brown - Transparent Red Iron Oxide

Transparent Red Iron Oxide

How to Mix Vintage Brown

Here are some alternative mixtures for a reddish brown which you can shift to be more brown or more red.

  • Burnt Sienna + Ultramarine Blue
  • Burnt Umber + Ultramarine Blue
  • Transparent Red Iron Oxide + Ultramarine Blue
  • Burnt Sienna + Phthalo Blue
  • Burnt Umber + Phthalo Blue
  • Transparent Red Iron Oxide + Phthalo Blue
  • Roughly equal parts of Napthol Red Light and Ultramarine Blue + 2 parts Hansa Yellow Light and tweak the amount of Ultramarine Blue if you want it deeper.
  • Roughly 2 parts of Hansa Yellow Light, 1/2 parts of Napthol Red Light and a touch of Phthalo Blue


What's a colour you get stuck with?

Do you have a colour that you really love, but either it’s not available in your country, way too expensive or maybe you are looking for a non-toxic alternative?  Please share in the comments below and I might be able create another fan request video featuring your colour fav!