Basic acrylic colour mixing: how to mix a perfect purple| Part 2 of 2 | colour mixing with acrylic paint. Learn how to mix the perfect bright purple with acrylic paint colours with professional artist Will Kemp. Basic colour mixing with acrylic paints to learn about complementary color, colour wheel and colour theory. Colour used Titanium White Cadmium Red Light Cadmium Red Medium Permanent Alizarin Crimson Alizarin Crimson Quinacridone Red Ultramarine blue Phthalo Blue (Green) Cobalt violet (hue) Golden Acrylics Winsor & Newton artists acrylic paints Will Kemp Art School Channel Music by Elly from Folding Stars. “Kinda sucked anyway” Check out her other band hello big world!

25 thoughts on “Basic acrylic colour mixing: how to mix a perfect purple| Part 2 of 2

  1. Really helpful, as a make-up artist I thought that I know how to get a rly nice purple just mixing red and blue color, but you have expanded my knowledges even further :) )sorry for my English). Thank you very much for this video, Will !

  2. honestly this helped a lot! I now know what I was doing wrong to get the bright purple I was looking for , Thank you! :)

  3. @willkempartschool thanks for your useful video, my question is what is the name of the red color you are using on this palette?

  4. Hi Rawfoodmummy,

    Sorry I thought you meant Glaze, as in thin veil of colour rather than a glaze medium, something that you mix in with Acrylic paint.

    I use water for 80% of the time in all my acrylic mixes, I do use a glaze medium but just when I want to blend colours towards the end of a painting.



  5. @willkempartschool ok.. but if I leave glaze out, won’t the dry faster? the glaze is for that or for something else? when I set up a pallet I add glaze to every color I’m mixing. I thought I was doing it to help them stay wet. but. I do notice a big color shift when they dry. when do you use the glaze? do you use any water at all?

  6. Thanks for the prompt reply Will! I love your painting tutorials since I learn so much from you compared to my painting teacher. So far, I’ve done all your tutorials and I hope you’ll upload more in the near future. Thanks a lot and keep doing what you do! You are an inspiration! :))

  7. Hi reilpfan, it’s called a ‘tear off palette’ and is a disposable palette of 50 tear off sheets, the paper has a waxy surface to the paint mixes easy on it, then you can throw the palette away. (it saves on washing up!)

  8. You don’t need to use a glaze on all colour mixes, solid colour is the best way to learn about colour mixing, then you can tweak the mixes with coloured glazes.

  9. Hey TheRawFoodMommy, thanks for your kind comments, pleased that the videos are helping you to understand the principles of colour mixing.

  10. Im new to painting and I knew what colors I wanted, but had no clue what I needed to get them. Thank you! after hours of instructional videos I found your channel, which has the info I actually needed to get started! Hands down you give the best color mixing videos.. on top of all your tips & tricks. I had no clue what color paints were even called so, you were very helpful.. *hugs* oh I seem to use a lot of paint. am I not using enough h2o? I use the glazing you recommended, & use’t on all mix

  11. I’ve always found it hard to mix nice purple hues, ever since kindergarten – now I understand why! I never thought about the red and blue having undertones/that it would affect the outcome of the purple.

  12. Hey calin,

    Yes if you look at the video at 5.43 you’ll see me introduce Cobalt Violet which contains Dioxazine Purple, which is more saturated.

    You can get very close by just using a limited palette and understand how colours work,


  13. How about Dioxazine Violet? Aren’t there violets in the tube that are more saturated than what you can mix from ultramarine and red?

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