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If you’re an aspiring artist or someone studying color theory, you’ll need to get the basics of color mixing down. With practice, a rainbow of colors, hues, and shades will open up to you. Today we’re answering the question of “what do blue and green make?” —and it’s not as simple of an answer as you might think.
Almost every type of art, whether it’s traditional arts like painting, watercolors, and mixing food coloring, or computer art like graphic design, involves some degree of color mixing. This could be combining two colors to create something new, blending colors together to add depth, using black or white to darken and lighten the color, or arranging them together in a piece.
Blue and green are standard colors that most people will have access to, but only blue is a primary color. That means that if you only have a set of red, yellow, and blue (common in food coloring packs) you’ll need to make green first before mixing your new color.
What Color Does Mixing Blue and Green Make?
When we’re talking about color theory, specifically, blue is a primary color and green is a secondary color. When mixed together, they create the tertiary color of teal.
Teal is created specifically when mixing equal amounts of blue and green together.
A Note on Cyan:
It might be a bit confusing, but blue and green mixed together also make cyan when using a light-based color mixing method. That means if you hold two lights up together, one blue and one green, the result would be cyan.
The reason for this difference is because pigment based color mixing, like you do with inks and paint, mix differently than light.
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Are Blue and Green Complementary Colors?
No, complimentary colors are positioned opposite each other on the color wheel. When mixed together, complimentary colors actually cancel each other out, leaving you with a shade of grey. Blue and green are next to each other, making them analogous colors.
Blue and green are a great color combination, though. They’re both cool colors, and result in a variety of brilliant hues when mixed together.
Examples of What Blue and Green Make
As mentioned above, teal is the perfect combination of blue and green. To create this color, combine equal parts of blue and green.
Turquoise is a bright greenish blue color and probably the most commonly used mixture of blue and green. It’s named after the mineral of the same name.
Bondi blue is a vivid blue-green color that was inspired by the water’s hue at Bondi Beach, Australia. It definitely has beach or tropical vibes, and it’s a great color to add into beach-themed art projects. It also happens to be the color found on the original iMac computers.
This color was popularised by the Munsell color system, but it’s been around for a long time as an algae-inspired hue. It’s basically a lighter (and in my opinion, nicer) shade of teal.
There actually isn’t an official consensus for what color Cerulean actually is and the color name dates back to 1590! It can range from a lighter azure-like shade all the way down to a darker blue. The version you see above is my personal favorite.
Other Blue-Green Shades of Cyan
When you mix blue and green to make a shade of cyan (or teal, depending on your method), you can then play with the color’s tint and shade to create a lighter or darker color.
To recreate them perfectly with paints or art supplies, you’ll need to add some white or black to the mix.
Celeste (Sky Blue)
This isn’t quite the same sky blue you get in the Crayola box, but celeste is a classic shade of blue-green that’s perfect for coloring in the sky (or anything else that calls for a celestial color) in your artwork.
Robin Egg Blue
Fun fact: Tiffany blue, which is the iconic shade of the Tiffany brand, is a darker version of this color.
Doesn’t this color remind you of a peacock’s feathers? If you’re looking for a dark, rich color this is it. Great in both graphic design, art projects, and home decorating.
This dark shade of cyan dates all the way back just after the American Civil war! It became popular during the reconstruction era, and was used as an exterior paint color in the area of Charleston, South Carolina. Hence the name!
Electric blue gets its name from the color that electrical discharge gives off. It’s the perfect shade for coloring anything electrical from lightning strikes to neon signs.
A lot of people don’t realize pine green is actually includes blue, especially since it’s so reminiscent of the colors you’d see in a typical evergreen forest. It’s basically a darker shade of teal with a bit more green added in.