How to Mix Colors to Make Pink

Five Methods:Mixing Acrylic or Oil Paint to Create PinkUsing Water Colors to Make PinkCreating Pink FrostingDyeing Flowers PinkMaking Pink Glue

Pink is a color beloved by many, but oftentimes it cannot be purchased -- it must be mixed! Fortunately, it's fairly easy to make in a variety of forms for a variety of uses, from painting to baking and even craft projects.

Method 1
Mixing Acrylic or Oil Paint to Create Pink

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    Splotch red paint. Put some red paint on your canvas or paper. What type of red you use will determine the brightness of your pink: for instance, reds with an orange bias will produce a salmon pink.[1]
    • Use of a brick red will produce a muddier pink, closer to a peach.
    • Vermilion will produce a nice shade of pure pink.
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    Add white paint. Now add some white paint to your red paint. Start with just a daub because you can always add more later if it's not enough and you don't want to waste paint.
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    Mix the paints. Using your painting tool (e.g. brush, knife), mix your white into you red. You can keep adding more white to get brighter and brighter tint, but every red has its own tint strength, so you'll eventually reach the limit to how pink you can make that particular red.[2]
    • The darker the red you used, the more white paint you will need to lighten it to pink.
    • Titanium White when mixed with Quinacridone Red will give you a bright, true pink, if that's the quality you're looking for.[3]

Method 2
Using Water Colors to Make Pink

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    Squeeze out red and white paint. Once you squeeze out your red and white paint, allow it to air dry on your palette before continuing. Wait until it is no longer moist.[4]
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    Wet your brush. Dip your brush in your water container and then run it against the rim of your water container to release the excess water.[5]
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    Add red to your water container. Stroke your moist brush over your red paint and then mix it into your water container. Don't dry your brush, but merely release the excess water.[6]
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    Add white to your water container. Stroke your moist brush over your white paint and then mix it into your water container, which already has the red in it.
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    Add white to desired tint. Continue to add your white paint to your water container until you achieve your desired pink tint.[7]
    • Another way of making pink is the "wet wash" method, which entails covering your paper with water (thinner layer makes for pinker color) and then applying a small amount of red paint, washing it think across the wet area.

Method 3
Creating Pink Frosting

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    Set out a portion of white frosting. The amount of white frosting you set out should simply be the total amount of pink frosting you would like.
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    Add a tiny drop of red food coloring. Most red food coloring is very strong and will turn white frosting pink in a jiffy -- but be careful because too much food coloring will turn your frosting red!
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    Stir well. Continue to stir the red food coloring into your white frosting until a nice, uniform blend is produced.
    • If you want a deeper shade of pink, add another drop of red food coloring.

Method 4
Dyeing Flowers Pink

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    Add red food coloring to your vase. Fill up your vase with enough water to keep your flowers from tipping it over, and then add red food coloring until your water turns a nice, rich, red color after all the coloring is diffused.[8]
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    Trim your flower(s). Cut your flowers' stem at the bottom at an angle and remove any leaves at the bottom to keep your water from getting funky.[9]
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    Wait a few hours. As the flowers drink the water, the red color will absorb into the petals, turning them pink. The longer you allow the flowers to drink, the pinker they will become![10]

Method 5
Making Pink Glue

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    Pour glue into a bowl. Add as much glue into your bowl as you will need for your project.
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    Add red food colouring to the glue. Start with a drop, as you can always add more later if it isn't dark enough for you.
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    Mix well. Continue to mix in red food coloring until it reaches the desired pink tint for your project.

Tips

  • When using paints, always add your white to your red: this will save you from wasting your white paint.
  • More red will make a darker pink, while more white will make a lighter pink.
  • Remember that although you can always add paint, you can never extract paint. Therefore, start with small amounts.

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