When I started using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® years ago, the only yellow available was Arles. While a beautiful color, it was not a primary yellow and difficult to use as such when mixing custom colors. So I was delighted when English Yellow became available in the US and I use it often when mixing. But on its own it can sometimes look…well….. just a little too green. Have you found that to be true?
Color is so relative. What I consider too green, you may think is the perfect yellow. Also color on a computer screen looks different from a painted sample. Your perception of any color can change with lighting, surface, texture, and the colors that surround it.
English Yellow straight out of the can, can be the perfect yellow for modern furniture and contemporary settings.
But when I want a yellow that is warm and charming, not cool and sleek, I will do one of two things. I will add Old White to English Yellow for a lighter, buttery, look.
My other “go to” option is to add a little bit of Arles and mix (not layer) them together.
So what do you think? Have you tried English Yellow? Do you use it as is, or do you mix it with other Chalk Paint colors?
If you like to mix your own Chalk Paint custom colors I have several charts to help with the proportions and recipes. See my charts, Mixing for Green, ASCP Custom Greens, Mixing for Orange, and Mixing for Purple. And ..my new videos are just back from the editor so look for the first one to be up on the blog later this week.
If English Yellow is too green for you, check out the beautiful yellows available in Classico, the chalk based paint from Pure & Original. It comes in 140 beautiful colors (Yikes!) Its available for purchase online at www.502paint.com