Mixing for Pink

This is the first of several posts about expanding the range of colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. Scandinavian Pink, Antoinette, and Henrietta are three stock colors available for purchase at your local stockist. 

This may seem very limited if you are looking for a color in the pink range. Of course you can always ask your stockist to help you mix a custom color. But if you are feeling adventurous, try mixing your own. With a little practice your range of colors will be limitless. It is important that you measure carefully and keep a record of your formulas if want to be able to duplicate or match a custom color. Believe me, it is worth it to take the time to jot down your recipe and paint a little swatch of the color you just mixed.  Its is also a good idea not to mix large quantities until you are sure you have the color you want.

If you are feeling uneasy and more tentative about this mixing thing, don’t worry because I’m going to give you a head start by sharing some of the colors I have already mixed from the basic Chalk Paint® colors. I have posted before about mixing for the secondary colors, green, orange, and purple, and adding white to make tints, and black to make shades. (The best way to actually deepen a paint color is to add its opposite on the color wheel. It results in a far more complicated, richer shade, but technically shades are made by mixing any color with black.)

Emperor’s Silk is Annie’s purest red and it is  wonderful, deep and rich. It is so highly pigmented, a rarity in today’s world, that you can actually use it to dye fabric. For mixing purposes, a little goes a long way. One way to make pink is to add Pure White to Emperor’s Silk. The color card below shows some of the progressive tints that result from the mix.

Another way to expand your range of pinks is to mix the reds and pinks together. 

These are not the only combinations and I will be exploring more pinks in future posts posts. But with any custom mixing, it is helpful to compare the possibilities side by side.


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