Ideas for Mixing Tones


Here are some ideas for mixing tones.

A tone is any pure hue with a neutral gray added. When you mixing from these lists, you are just making each color less vibrant. I have been told that most people find tones very pleasing to the eye. 



When you look at each list of mixes, know that if you do not have a certain color, then just play around with what is suggested. You may end up creating a mix that you really like and can use. Keep in mind that these are strictly starting points and suggestions.


Pink Tones
Violet Tones
Brown Tones
Green Tones
Red Tones
Yellow Tones
Blue Tones


Gray Tones:

  • Prussian blue, umber and white
  • Ultramarine blue, umber and white
  • Cerulean blue, umber and white
  • Black and white
  • Black, yellow ochre and white
  • Black, umber and white
  • Umber and white
  • Black, naples yellow and white
  • Venetian red, viridian green and white
  • Venetian red, green (cadmium yellow and blue) and white


Pink Tones:

  • Venetian red and white
  • Venetian red, yellow ochre and white
  • Burnt sienna, yellow ochre and white
  • Cadmium red and white
  • Indian red and white
  • Indian red, yellow ochre and white
  • Naples yellow, venetian red and white
  • Naples yellow, Indian red and white
  • Naples yellow, cadmium red and white
  • Naples yellow, burnt sienna and white


Violet Tones:

  • Venetian red, ultramarine blue and white
  • Cadmium red, ultramarine blue and white
  • Alizarine crimson and white
  • Alizarine crimson, venetian red and white
  • Alizarine crimson, cadmium red and white
  • Alizarine crimson, ultramarine blue, prussian blue and white


Brown Tones:

  • Black, yellow ochre and burnt sienna
  • Black, burnt sienna and white
  • Black, umber and white
  • Umber and naples yellow
  • Umber and yellow ochre
  • Burnt sienna and yellow ochre


Green Tones:

  • Prussian blue and cadmium yellow
  • Prussian blue and cadmium orange
  • Prussian blue and yellow ochre
  • Prussian blue and naples yellow
  • Prussian blue and burnt sienna

*for the above list of colors, you can substitute Prussian blue for Ultramarine blue and Cerulean blue.
  • Viridian green and yellow ochre 
  • Viridian green and naples yellow
  • Viridian green and umber
  • Viridian green and cadmium yellow
  • Viridian green and cadmium orange
  • Viridian green, ultramarine blue and cadmium yellow
  • Viridian green, ultramarine blue and yellow ochre
  • Viridian green, ultramarine blue and naples yellow
  • Viridian green, prussian blue and cadmium yellow
  • Viridian green, prussian blue and naples yellow
  • Black and cadmium yellow
  • Black and cadmium orange
  • Black and naples yellow
  • Cadmium yellow and umber

Yellow Tones:

  • Cadmium yellow, yellow ochre and white
  • Cadmium yellow and white
  • Cadmium yellow, naples yellow and white
  • Yellow ochre and white
  • Naples yellow and white
  • Naples yellow, yellow ochre and white

Blue Tones:

  • Ultramarine and white
  • Prussian blue and white
  • Cerulean blue and white



If you had any mixes to add, please let me know in the comment section below! 







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