Color theory for paint by numbers: Magenta!

Color theory for paint by numbers: Magenta!

If you're starting with a paint by numbers set, you might want to learn more about color theory for different colors. Knowing how to mix colors can help when you are beginning painting with paint by numbers. Let us explore the color Magenta in today’s article, 

I’m sure you recognize magenta — it’s that color that’s a mix between purple and red. It’s sort of pinkish-purple. Magenta is a color that is variously defined as purplish-red, reddish-purple, purplish, or mauvish-crimson. 

Meaning of Magenta

Magenta is the color of universal harmony and emotional balance. It contains the passion, power and energy of red, restrained by the introspection and quiet energy of violet.

It promotes compassion, kindness and cooperation. The color magenta is a color of cheerfulness, happiness, contentment and appreciation. Most people feel more optimistic in its company as it is one of the bright colors, it will help you enjoy the process of painting too.

Paint by numbers - How to use Magenta in painting kits 

You are sitting with a custom paint by numbers kit, and section 14 on your number canvas asks you to make magenta color. How will you do it?

You can make magenta by mixing red and blue. But there are a few ideal red and blue hues, plus tricks that’ll elevate your color mixing skills. As you get ready for your next painting project or artistic endeavor, we’ll show you exactly how to mix magenta paint and what proportions to use to get a high quality final product. 

Magenta is a secondary color, which means that you have to combine two primary colors in order to get the exact color you want. However, in a pinch, shades of purple and red or pink and purple can also make magenta. Here are the most common paint color combinations that will work well to make magenta:

  • Cobalt blue and cadmium red
  • Ultramarine blue and crimson lake
  • Quinacridone violet and crimson lake

Whether you’re using acrylic, oil, or watercolor paint, load your brush with red paint and transfer the paint onto your palette or mixing surface. Load the brush again with an equal amount of blue paint. Gently dab the blue into the red and swirl the colors together on your palette. You can add titanium white to make magenta lighter, but the white will also change the saturation of the color. As a result, you’ll get a weaker or chalkier magenta. To preserve the magenta’s rich hue but lighten the color, add yellow instead. Just keep in mind that adding yellow will change your magenta hue and make it warmer. 

What colors will compliment Magenta on my paint by number canvas?

Without diving too deeply into color theory, it’s important to note that the color you want to match with magenta in a pair is different to the two colors you want to match for a trio. You can look up color theory and color wheels to get a little more information.

For a simpler answer, magenta works well with anywhere from yellow to green for contrast and dark blue or indigo for less contrast. Avoid red and orange at all costs. Even a yellow that stretches too far into orange will look unpleasant.

If you want two colors to go with it, aqua and lime are the way to go.

Black, white, and gray are welcome as neutrals, but browns less so as they tend to be on the orange side.

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