How to mix a green using watercolours

I have been neglecting the art techniques category of my blog recently, having being allured to the world of crafts and not escaping. It’s like Hotel California, once you’ve entered the world of crafts you never want to leave. To redress the balance, here’s a short note about mixing greens in watercolours.

I found an old notebook from a watercolour course I once took. The teacher had loads of experience and used watercolours to paint landscapes.


I thought I’d share how he mixed greens with you. If you have the following colours in your watercolour set, try and experiment with these combinations:

Lemon Yellow + Cerulean Blue + Viridian Green + Paynes Grey

Cadmium Yellow + Cerulean Blue + French Ultramarine/Viridian Green + Paynes Grey

Yellow Ochre + Cerulean Blue + French Ultramarine + Paynes Grey

Raw Umber + Cadmium Yellow + Viridian Green + Paynes Grey

For a very dark green: Sap Green + Cobalt Blue

2 Comments on How to mix a green using watercolours

  1. Hayley
    March 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm (5 years ago)

    Thanks Diane, this is so useful! I’m new to watercolour and my first attempts at mixing greens turned out looking a bit bilious… I’ll be giving these a try 🙂

    • Diane
      March 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm (5 years ago)

      Let me know how you get on with it. I have kept the notes on how to mix greens for ages, thinking one day they may be useful! D x