Due to the relaxing properties of the mint green color, we have noticed a surge in the number of people looking for mint green for their artwork and home design. With the spike in the number of people looking to integrate mint green into their arts and crafts, we have noticed a surge in the number of questions that we see regarding the color of mint green with the number of questions steadily increasing with each passing month.
With one of the main questions that we see asked being how to make mint green paint at home, we have decided to publish this dedicated article on the subject in the hope that we will be able to help as many of our readers as possible. As we usually see a number of different questions asked relating to making mint green paint, we have decided to compile them all into this single article to try and make it the ultimate resource for the project.
Please note, due to a lack of pre-made, commercial mint green paint options on the market, we have also added a section to the article on how you are able to easily make your own mint green paint by mixing existing paints in your collection too. This will probably be the main option that most of our readers take anyway as it allows you to keep your costs low by using paints that you already have in your collection without needing to buy anything new.
Is Mint Green Blue Or Green?
We se so many people reaching out and asking if mint green is a blue or a green-based color and we can see why. Due to green being a secondary color of the primary color blue, many shades of green have strong hints of blue in it adding a little confusion to it. On top of that, there is a mint green and a mint blue color sample for paints as shown in the color sample above.
When put side by side as seen in the color sample above, you can clearly see that the mint green color is more of a green than a blue though. The strange thing is, mint blue is also more of a green than a blue though so it adds additional confusion to the color range too confusing a number of people, especially beginners.
In recent years there has been a trend of designers simply taking an establish color, adding a little blue, green, and/or white to it and then putting mint in front of the colors current name to try and charge more for it. Thankfully this does seem to have declined in popularity in recent months but the whole thing did end up getting confusion.
What Colors Do You Mix To Make Mint Green?
Although there are a number of different colors that you are able to mix together to make mint green, some color combinations do perform much bette than others. In our opinion, taking a blue as your main color, then adding a portion of yellow to it and mixing them together thoroughly and then adding a small amount of white to it is usually the best option for a bright mint green paint.
We usually recommend that our users use a regular blue such as cobalt blue rather than a dark or light blue but some light blues can work very well. When it comes to the yellow, a lighter yellow such as Indian yellow or Hansa yellow do tend to be the best options for a decent mint green color. The majority of white paints will work perfectly fine but titanium white is a common option for a reliable end result.
When it comes to the actual ratios of the colors, you will have to play around depending on the actual existing colors that you have in your palette as different shades will require different ratios. If you are close to our recommended initial colors listed above then a fifty-fifty split of your blue and yellow can work with around an additional quarter of white added after the blue and yellow are mixed.
How Do You Darken Mint Green Paint?
It is extremely simple to darken mint green due to its light color but we see so many people make mistakes that are easy to avoid. Many beginners seem to reach for a black or another very dark color thinking that is how you darken the tint of your mint green but this is massive overkill and it is very likely that it will totally ruin your mint green paint if you take this route.
Our recommendation would be to use a blue that is either cobalt blue or a very similar shade and then add it in small portions to your mint green paint. There is no need to use a dark blue paint due to the light color of mint green so a blue like cobalt blue is usually able to get the job done with ease, especially if you have a decent amount of the paint in your tube.
We have seen some people use a dark green such as a phthalo green to try and darken their mint green paint and we would not recommend it. Although it can work, the results do tend to be hit and miss when compared to adding a blue with the mint green usually warping into a very dark green with even small amounts of the paint added.
What Colors Are Close To Mint Green?
Due to the blue/green mix of mint green, there are a number of suitable colors that many of our readers may already have in their paint palettes that they are able to use as a one for one swap for mint green in their artwork or slightly tweak the color by adding a little more blue or green. One of the more popular options is teal paint and we also have a dedicated article going over how to make teal paint at home if you don’t currently have it in your paint collection.
Although they are not very common and very few of our readers will probably carry them, brilliant blue, bright aqua green, and deep turquoise are also good alternatives to mint green. If you don’t already have these in your paint collection we wouldn’t really recommend that you pick them up especially for use instead of mint green though as teal paint offers additional versatility so go with that instead.
We know that phthalo turquoise is a very popular color and many of our readers will probably already have it in their paint collection but it can be hit and miss as a substitute for mint green. Although some brands do use a pigment chart that results in a very similar color to mint green, some brands are far from it. Due to this, we would only recommend that you try phthalo turquoise if you already have it in your paint collection.
How To Make Mint Green Oil Paint!
Making your own mint green oil paint from scratch is very easy as you just add your mint green pigment powder to your oil medium of choice and mix the two together. The most common oil paint medium is linseed oil but we have an ultimate guide to oil paint mediums going over all suitable options with the advantages and disadvantages of each listed too.
Even with all of the medium options out there, most people do still just stick with linseed oil and we have our article going over how to use linseed oil in oil painting too that may be beneficial too. The majority of time, you will only need a small amount of mint green pigment in your linseed oil to get a good color on your paper or canvas. This is a common mistake the beginners tend to make as the add way too much pigment and then up with issues in consistency and color of their paints.
If you are just making a small amount of mint green oil paint then you will only need a very small amount of pigment in your linseed oil and you can mix the two directly. If you are making a large quantity of mint green oil paint then we would recommend that you add your pigment in stages of small amounts at a time and mix it into your linseed oil before adding the next stage of pigment so you can check the color and adjust as needed.
How To Make Mint Green Acrylic Paint!
Making your own mint green acrylic paint at home is also very beginner-friendly and we would guess that the majority of our readers will easily be able to do it. You need some mint green pigment powder as well as a suitable acrylic based medium. Although there are a number of suitable medium options, we recommend that our readers go with a clear gesso acrylic if possible. Although a white gesso can work well, a clear gesso is easier and requires less pigment.
Depending on the quantity of mint green acrylic paint that you are looking to make at home, you can often just use a very small amount of gesso and pigment and get great results. If you do require larger amounts of the main then you will probably need an actual mixing container and tool. Although there are specialist items available, these can be as simple as a spoon and a bowl.
For larger quantities of mint green acrylic paint, we would recommend that you put the required amount of gesso into your mixing container and then add a small amount of pigment. Mix the two together and be sure to use your mixing tool to pull gesso up from the bottom of the bowl as its thick consistency can make it hard for the pigment to fall into it naturally. Repeat this process until you are happy with the color of mint green that you have and your paint is ready to use.
How To Make Mint Green Watercolor Paint!
Although you are able to make your own mint green watercolor paint at home by adding some mint green pigment powder to a suitable medium like gum Arabic and mixing it together, we usually don’t recommend that our readers try it, especially if you are new to making your own paint. Making your own pigment-based watercolor paint is a paint due to the inconsistency of the gum Arabic making it problematic to say the least.
You are able to follow a similar process to making oil and acrylic mint green paint by starting with small amounts of pigment into your gum Arabic but we would recommend that you use the paint as soon as possible. It tends not to keep well before the consistency of the gum Arabic changes and ruins your homemade paint.
This is why we usually recommend that you take the route of trying to mix colors that you already have in your collection to make your own homemade mint green paint as explained above. If for whatever reason you are unable to do this then we usually recommend that you just purchase a tube of mint green watercolor paint instead as it tends to be much easier.
That brings our article going over how to make mint green paint at home to a close and we hope that you have found it helpful. Mint green paint does tend to be one of the easier options to make with the majority of beginners being able to mix existing colors in their paint collection to make it with ease. Mixing paints that you already have would be our primary recommendation to anyone wanting to make their own mint green paint but you can take one of the pigment options that we explained above too if needed.