Pink is a soft and cozy looking color, bright,extravagant and you cannot miss it. It is associated with being feminine, as it is usually a girl’s favorite color.
It has different shades, and we often see pastel pink in bake shops, flower shops, and girl’s boutiques, and one of the most popular shades of pink is hot pink, and I wonder how to make hot pink paint with acrylics and other mediums?
The hot pink paint is achieved by mixing shades of pea-sized red and white paint, then adding blue to get the brightness. You could use Quinacridone Red and Zinc White for better results. Alternatively, blend red and silver OR mix red, purple, and yellow will also give you hot pink.
Together, let’s see the beauty that lies in hot pink and learn how to make hot pink paint.
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What color is hot pink?
Hot pink is a color produced by blending red with silver. Many perceive hot pink as a feminine color, and it is also associated with sensitivity, puppy love, and romance. But in these modern days, the punk community uses hot pink. It is bold, vibrant, youthful, and electric.
Hot pink in RGB color space comprises 100% red, 41.2% green, and 70.6% blue. It is known as #FF69B4 (hex code) in digital art.
Please see below the color conversion chart to use hot pink well in graphic design.
The hexadecimal color #FF69B4 has RGB values of R: 100, G: 41.2, B: 70.6 and CMYK values of C: 0, M: 0.59, Y: 0.29, K:0.
|RGB DECIMAL||255, 105, 180||rgb(255,105,180)|
|RGB PERCENTAGE||100, 41.2, 70.6||rgb(100%, 41.2%, 70.6%)|
|CMYK||0, 59, 29, 0|
What colors make pink?
We will begin our journey on how to make hot pink paint by exploring the colors that will make pink.
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Making a cooler or warmer shade of pink
Once you’ve made pink, you can blend it with other colors to make it look cooler or warmer.
Here are the colors you can add to your red and white mixture to make a cooler shade of pink:
While here are the colors you can add to your red and white mixture to make a warmer shade of pink:
Always remember that if you try to make your pink cooler or warmer, add a little amount of the colors above because if it empowers your mixture, you might not get a shade of pink.
Making a lighter or darker shade of pink
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Common shades of pink
- BABY PINK
- BLUSH PINK
- BRIGHT PINK
- BUBBLEGUM PINK
- CARNATION PINK
- CHAMPAGNE PINK
- CHERRY BLOSSOM PINK
- COTTON CANDY PINK
- CORAL PINK
- DARK PINK
- DEEP PINK
- DUSTY ROSE PINK
- FLAMINGO PINK
- FLUOURESCENT PINK
- GOLD PINK
- GRAPEFRUIT PINK
- HIGHLIGHTER PINK
- HOT PINK
- KNOCKOUT PINK
- LIGHT BLUSH
- LIP PINK
- LIGHT PINK
- MILLENNIAL PINK
- NUDE PINK
- NEON PINK
- PALE PINK
- PASSION PINK
- PASTEL PINK
- PEARL PINK
- ROSY PINK
- SALMON PINK
- SILVERY PINK
- SOFT PINK
- SWEET PINK
- VALENTINE PINK
- VIBRANT PINK
How to make hot pink paint?
Hot pink is one of the most popular shades of pink. It can be achieved by blending the primary color, red, with other hues.
Here’s how you can make hot pink paint using the primary color “red”:
Blending Red with Silver
Hot pink can be achieved by blending white and red, but when it comes to brightness, it will be trickier, and silver will play a part in it.
Prepare your white and add red to it until you achieve the shade you desire, then add silver to attain the brightness of an excellent hot pink and to add a glamor effect.
Blending Quinacridone Red with Zinc White
The glazing technique is one of the best ways to achieve hot pink. It uses translucent bluish reds, like the most frequent shade of red in paints, Quinacridone Red blend with translucent Zinc White.
After mixing Quinacridone Red and Zinc White, add a pinch of blue or magenta until you achieve your desired hot pink.
Blending Red, Purple, and Yellow
Prepare your red and add purple to it until you achieve a beautiful shade of violet, then make the magic. Gradually add yellow to your mixture until you see your desired hot pink paint.
You can therefore conclude that violet and yellow make hot pink.
Blending White, Red, and Orange
One of the fastest and easiest ways to mix hot pink is to mix 3 parts of white, 3 parts of red and 1 part of the orange. You can adjust the color by adding more red to make it “hotter”.
How to make bright pink paint?
A girly and feminine color for some, bright pink, is one of the eye-catching shades of pink, but how can you make bright pink paint? Before we go into detail, let me introduce bright pink more.
Bright ping in RGB color space comprises 100% red, 0% green, and 49.8% blue. It is known as #ff007f (hex code) in digital art.
Here are two ways how you can make bright pink paint:
- Blending Quinacridone Red with Titanium White makes a bright pink paint.
- Using Fluorescent or Fluo, if you are using water-based acrylic paint, is also a good trick. You can add fluorescent red to your red and white mixture until you achieve your desired bright pink shade.
How to make neon pink paint?
Neon pink is often mistakenly called hot pink, but neon pink is brighter. It is produced when the light reflects on the paint; however, it will be challenging to create one.
You can play with neon paints and mix them to try making neon pink paint, like combining neon violet and neon yellow. Or, you can try to purchase ready-made neon pink paints if you need them urgently or for comparison purposes.
How to make hot pink paint without silver?
Although silver helps make beautiful hot pink paint, you can still make one without this color.
Here’s what you can do to make hot pink paint without silver:
- Blend permanent alizarin crimson and
- Blend red with white, and add a pinch of blue or magenta.
- Blend quinacridone red and zinc white.
- Blend red with purple, then gradually add the yellow until you achieve your hot pink paint.
- Blend violet with yellow.
But if you want to make silver, try this article: How to Make Silver Color? The Secret To Homemade Metallic Colors
How to make dark pink color by mixing two colors?
The usual pink shade would require a bit of Red and White, and making a darker shade of pink isn’t difficult the way you think it is. Always mix red into white, as you need a lot of white to tone down darker color like red and only a little bit of red to color the white.
Here are three ways to make dark pink by mixing two colors:
- You can try blending more red than white.
- You can add a pinch of black to your pink paint to create a darker shade.
- You can try combining magenta and black.
How to make hot pink paint with light pink?
What two colors make pink without white?
We traditionally blend a 1:1 ratio of red to white to make pink paint, but do you have to stop making your pink paint without white? Of course, not! We got your back!
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How to make pink from purple?
To make pink from purple, add red to it; once you have achieved a beautiful shade of violet, gradually add yellow to your mixture until your desired shade of pink is achieved.
What colors make fuschia pink?
Fuschia pink is a combination of purple and pink. You can make purple from scratch or combine red, blue, and white. Or, use ready-made purple and pink paint to make Fuschia pink.
Mixing pink with different mediums
Now that you’re pretty much aware of how you can make your pink paint, we will discuss how to make one using different mediums.
How to make pink with watercolors?
Here’s how you can make pink paint using watercolors:
Step 1: Wet your brush by dipping it into your water container.
Step 2: If you are using tube watercolors, prepare your red and white into your palette by squeezing the pea-sized of each color. If you use dry watercolor, you can paint red on your watercolor paper.
Step 3: If you use tube watercolor, dab your paintbrush into your red watercolor and dip it into your water container. If you use dry watercolor, paint your white over the red paint on your watercolor paper.
Step 4: If you use tube watercolor, dab your paintbrush on your white paint and dip it in your water container.
Step 5: Mix them until you achieve the shade of pink you want.
How to mix hot pink paint with watercolor?
Here are the steps on how you can make hot pink using watercolors:
Step 1: Using your paintbrush, get an ample amount of red watercolor on your palette, then rinse your brush.
Step 2: Dab your paintbrush on the purple watercolor and add it to your red while the watercolor paint is wet, then rinse your brush.
Step 3: Add your yellow watercolor gradually until you achieve your desired hot pink.
Some of you may want to compare acrylics and watercolor: Watercolor vs Acrylic: 21 Differences Between Acrylic and Watercolor
How to make pink color with acrylic paint?
Making pink using acrylic paint is the same as making one using oil paint.
Here’s how you can make pink color using acrylic paint:
Step 1: Prepare your mixing palette and palette knife.
Step 2: Squeeze an equal amount of alizarin crimson and
Step 3: Mix them well.
Please note that you can also use your red acrylic paint without white by adding cadmium lemon yellow into it gradually until you achieve your desired shade of pink.
How to mix hot pink with oil paint?
Things to remember before mixing oil paints:
- There are three kinds of oil paints:
- Opaque – which will comprehensively cover the canvas.
- Semi-transparent; Transparent – which will partially cover the canvas.
- Unlike acrylic paints, it will not dry; it will become solid.
Here’s how you can mix hot pink oil paint:
- Choose what type of oil paint you will use.
- Determine the right hue or shade you will use.
- Play with the colors and see if you desire the shade you make. You can try mixing the following colors:
Mixing is trial and error but fun and fulfilling, especially when you achieve your desired hot pink oil paint.
Mixing Pink FAQ
What does pink and blue make?
We usually picture pink and blue in the sky, but have you ever wondered what color you will get when you mix them?
Blending pink and blue, could give you a pastel purple.
What does pink and green make?
Seeing pink and green together feels comfortable and lively. Did you know that when you blend them, you will make them gray?
Yes, you read it right! By blending pink and green, you will get gray. Adding more pink will give you a warmer shade of gray while adding more green to your mixture will get a cooler shade of gray.
What does pink and yellow make?
Pink and yellow are both warm colors. It perceives the jow in summer. And blending them makes a stunning warm color.
You can make peach pink or different orange hues by blending them. You can experiment with it by adding colors to create different orange hues.
What pink and orange make?
We’ve seen how we can make orange hues from pink and yellow; Now, have you ever wondered what pink and orange make?
Like pink and yellow, pink and orange are warm colors; when blended, you’ll get a beautiful shade of peach. Adding more orange to it can make it a yellowish tint, while adding more pink, you can get a pastel peach color.
Read also: What Color does Orange and Blue make?
How do you make the perfect pink paint?
Mixing a perfect for me is achieved when you make your desired shade of pink, whether it is the traditional pink, using equal parts of red and white, or making baby pink, rose pink, bright pink, or even hot pink.
Learning how to make hot pink paint is a fun experience, even if there are ready-made hot pink paints.
This fun learning article adds creativity and grit to discover more shades and beautiful colors. It made me realize that through research and exploration, everything is possible.
I hope you’ll learn from this article as much as I do. Don’t fret; try to make your hot pink paint for your next artwork.
Masha Eretnova is a certified teacher. She started painting and drawing 20+ years ago and now is an international abstract artist and educator passionate about acrylic painting, gouache and crafts.
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