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Author Topic: How to mix Olive Drab?  (Read 5169 times)

WaltLady

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How to mix Olive Drab?
« on: February 17, 2012, 12:39:31 AM »
I'm trying to figure out how to mix colors to end up with olive drab, as in the military color.  I've started with Olive Green, which was too green, even straight out of the tube, and tried mixing it with various amounts of VanDyke Brown, Raw/Burnt Sienna, Reddist and Bluish Violet, all to no avail.  Does anyone have any suggestions?

Walt

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Re: How to mix Olive Drab?
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2012, 01:08:04 AM »
Walt, I can maybe suggest this> (hope my explanation will not sound too complicated) working with the 6 colour combination that Dennis suggests we do (i.o.w a limited colour palette)> first of all mix the 2 primaries of  blue and yellow...to get a green... then you need to tone it down... to do so, you need to add some of green's complimentary...which is primary red... but add little bits at a time until the desired colour is reached (the ratio will be a little more yellow to blue... in other words...if you mixed them 1:1 blue and yellow...you will need to add another 1:1 of the green mix and yellow, then a tad of red to tone it down...hope it makes sense)... now the mix might be too dark...then... add a little bit of white. 

My suggestion would be to just use very small amounts of paint to mix your sample colour first... once the colour is reached... then if you need more, you know more or less the combination of colours.  Just remember to press out a little yellow and systematically add a bit of blue to the yellow...because yellow is the lighter (weaker) colour... it will take a lot of yellow to lighten the blue if you started with blue as your base mix.  Hope it helps

If you have not checked out the Colour Theory Video lesson here on Paint Basket...it comes highly recommended because it will give you the basic principals of colour mixing...  Here is the link> http://paintbasket.com/studios/blog/2011/07/18/mixing-paint-with-the-6-colour-colour-wheel/    O0
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WaltLady

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Re: How to mix Olive Drab?
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2012, 04:39:33 AM »
Leana,

Thank you very very much for your detailed explanation.  The thought and effort yo put into your response is really appreciated.  I will give it a shot and hope for the best.  Please accept my apologies for not replying sooner, but unfortunately I had to go into the hospital shortly after I posted my question and just got back home today.

Walt

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Re: How to mix Olive Drab?
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2012, 05:12:14 AM »
Leana, well done.  O0 Walt hope you are all right. :pray:
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Re: How to mix Olive Drab?
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2012, 06:00:06 AM »
Leana, you're such a sweetie, always so helpful.   :angel:

Walt, I hope your health problem is a minor one and I wish you a quick recovery. 
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Re: How to mix Olive Drab?
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2012, 07:25:26 AM »
 :pray: for complete recovery, Waltlady!
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Re: How to mix Olive Drab?
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2012, 10:24:57 AM »
Waltlady hope you are feeling better.
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Re: How to mix Olive Drab?
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2012, 05:01:42 AM »
Walt, it is a huge pleasure  ;), glad I could have been of assistance  O0  So sorry to hear you  had to go into hospital.  May your recovery be complete and speedy.   :flowers:
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