How to Mix Olive Green Acrylic Paint

Olive green is a shade of green that can be described as having yellowish or grey undertones, and it’s one of the most popular colors in fashion. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find this color when shopping for acrylic paint because some manufacturers don’t make their version of olive green.

But if you want to mix your own, here are some steps on how to do so! Olive green is a color that has been around for quite some time, but it’s still one of the most challenging colors to mix. It can be hard to find an exact match in any paint store, so this blog post will show you how to mix olive green acrylic paint! 

How to Mix Olive Green Acrylic Paint

Why Things and Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Watercolor with less pigment in it
  • Paper Plate
  • Gloss Varnish
  • A small amount of wire brush
  • Cup of water or a Clean Spray Bottle

Step by Step Guide: How to Mix Olive Green Acrylic Paint 

Here are the step-by-step guide on how to mix olive green acrylic paint.

Step 1: Water Down the Black Acrylic Paint

To begin, pour a small amount of black acrylic paint into a container. Only add a little at a time, so you don’t accidentally use too much. If you do, add more water. You can always add more, but you can’t take it away once it’s been mixed in with the water!

Next, add water to the container with the black acrylic paint. Adding approximately 1/4 of an inch of water should create a well-mixed solution for you to continue with your project.

Step 2: Add White Acrylic Paint

Steps to Mix Olive Green Acrylic Paint

Now you can add some white acrylic paint into the container with your mixture of black acrylic paint. If you want to increase the opacity, add more white; if you’re going to decrease it, pour less in. Mix thoroughly until fully mixed and there are no longer any visible clumps of either color! Make sure that your paint is dark green, not lime or light green.

Step 3: Mix in some Green Acrylic Paint

After you’ve finished adding your white acrylic paint into your container with black and water, you can pour in some more of the olive green acrylic paint. Pour these slowly as well, so you do not overshoot your preferred color. Once you’ve added all of the green acrylic paint, please give it a good mix again to ensure no clumps and that all colors are evenly distributed across the solution.

Step 4: Add Some Yellow Acrylic Paint

Now it’s time to add some yellow acrylic paint to your container. If you want a darker green, pour more yellow in. If you want a lighter green, add less or none at all. Once you have added the yellow acrylic paint and mixed it thoroughly, voila! Your very own custom Olive Green Acrylic Paint!

Step 5: Additional Optional Colors

You can add more colors to your custom olive green acrylic paint. After you’ve mixed with an excellent solution of black, white, and olive green acrylic paint, adding different colors is as simple as mixing in a little bit at a time.

Add some blue for a darker green color or some red for an even brighter green! You can also use brown or orange for a more yellowish hue. These are great if you want to add even more colors to your acrylic paint solution without completely changing the black, white, and olive green ratios.

Some Tips and Tricks:

Mixing Colors

1. If you don’t have any of the required colors at hand, use a similar color and take it from there.

2. Try not to mix too much paint at once. It’s better to keep the quantities of ingredients low in case you make a mistake, think that the color isn’t what you want, and have to start again.

3. Mix different intensities by adding more or less water or paint. You may have to adjust your proportions a little, but you may get something closer to what you want.

4. If you’re after a specific color, it’s best to mix your shade by choosing the right amounts of each color you want in the mixture. Although some colors are almost impossible to make yourself, getting your hands on some physical paint samples of the colors you want will help.

5. Experimentation is key to mixing colors! If you don’t like the color your getting, pour it out and start again.

6. When you’ve gotten the color of paint you want, make sure you leave enough of it before beginning a new mixture. It’s a real pain to have to mix a whole new batch because one or two tablespoons got thrown out with the rubbish.

7. Sometimes, rather than adding more paint or water to alter the intensity of a mixture, you can add a little bit of white craft acrylic paint to change its tone. If you want your color to be lighter than now, add white until you’re satisfied with the shade.

How Do You Mix Perfect Green Acrylic Paint?

How Do You Mix Perfect Green Acrylic Paint

Everyone has their little tricks, but you should always have the same goal when mixing paint. You want to create a color that is the right color or at least one that will appear correct in your painting. When you mix paints, using just a bit of each color is best because your color will appear darker and off-balance if you add too much.

Like many other colors, Olive green paint is made by mixing two complementary colors; blue and yellow make green. The key to getting your perfect olive green color is paying close attention to the amount of each color you use and its intensity. You can make various olive green acrylic paint colors by adjusting your ratios.

How Do You Darken Olive Green?

How Do You Darken Olive Green

Olive green paint is a unique and beautiful color. However, sometimes you may try to make it darker without knowing the best way to do so. Or perhaps your olive green paint is too dark, and you want to know how to lighten it up. Unfortunately, it’s easy to darken or lighten olive green paint, and you need to know the best way to do it.

There are two main types of acrylic paints, opaque and transparent. Olive green is an example of transparent acrylic color, so you will need to mix it with either another color or white paint to make it darker. Transparent acrylic colors are often used for glazes on paintings because they allow the work to show through.

Olive green is also a foul color, meaning that it has many tints of other colors mixed in with it. This makes olive green paint difficult to light because you would have to extract all of those tinted colors out before mixing one pure color with white or another color. So it is best to light olive green by adding water instead.


This is the how-to guide for you if you’re looking for a way to mix olive green acrylic paint. The first step in mixing any acrylic paint color is deciding on what kind of hue and tint (if applicable) you want your final product. For example, if I wanted an army green shade with some yellow stains, I would start by adding small amounts of both colors together until they matched my desired tone.

Once satisfied with the balance between each pigment’s intensity levels, continue stirring until mixed thoroughly before applying to your canvas or painting surface! This recipe should also work equally well when applied to other types of paints like oil or watercolor.

Just be sure not to use too much water as this will change the properties of the color. We hope this blog post on how to mix olive green acrylic paint has been helpful. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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