paint mixing color chart
- U = ultramarine blue [ pigment PB29 ]
- C = cyan [ pigment PB15 ]
- Y = yellow [ pigment PY3 ]
- R = red [ pigment PR112 ]
- M = magenta [ pigment PR122 ]
- W = white [ pigment PW6 ]
- all pigments transparent, except PW6
- mixtures are proportional
U9 : R3 : C3 : W5 [ ratio ] =
U36 : R12 : C12 : W20 [ drops ] =
U45% : R15% : C15% : W25% [ percentage ]
primary mixing colors
12-color color wheel [ ➔ ]
10-color mixing wheel
broad spectrum ( 0% white )
about this chart
This acrylic paint color mixing chart is based on the Lascaux Sirius drop system, using Lascaux Sirius Acryl acrylic paint applied to a white Acrylite extruded acrylic glass sheet surface. The color swatches are then are digitally photographed in 5000K daylight (Pantone D50), processed in sRGB colorspace, and white-balance color-corrected using a 50% Grey Card on a standard sRGB color gamut monitor.
This exercise was intended to help me learn how to make colors from single pigment paints using the smallest color palette possible. I likened it to “doing my scales” — a reference to piano lessons. Creating color swatches has turned out to be visually what musical scales are to the ear.
I’ve posted my results here for the benefit of the internet community because I haven’t been able to find a complete Lascaux Sirius drop system chart out there. (There are abridged pdfs from the manufacturer, but not a complete spectrum). Even if I now find one, this experience has been beneficial nonetheless — they call it artistic practice for a reason.
last modified December 20, 2017