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How to make brown? – A guide for kids!

Brown is one of the most common colors we typically see around us. It is a symbol of beauty and natural warmth. It is commonly related to the colors of fall and winter. We see it everywhere from wood, soil, and landscapes to human hair and eye color. some food items come in brown color as well. Many people perceive it as a color of style, consistency, trustworthiness, protection, and healing. There are many different shades of brown such as light brown or dark brown that can be obtained by mixing a variety of colors. Let’s learn how to make brown color!

What colors make brown?

Three Types of Colors That Can Make Brown color:

  • Primary colors.
  • Secondary colors.
  • Complementary colors. 

It is possible to get brown color by mixing a few colors of the color wheel ranging from red to yellow. One of the simple tricks to make brown is to add two primary colors, for instance, red and green or two primary colors let’s say blue with a secondary color orange will make brown. However, it is also possible to determine the intensity of the colors because some colors cancel each other’s effect and increase or decrease the brightness and intensity of each other. In addition, getting a brown color is quite easy by mixing a variety of color combinations but getting an exact shade takes some effort and perfection.

Let’s Make brown

It is easy and simple to make brown by mixing only two colors. But for this, there is a need to understand the basics of color theory to get the desired color palette. A visual list to know what two colors make up brown is given below:

  • When we combine red and blue they will make purple
  • Mixing of blue and yellow colors will make green
  • A combination of yellow and red will make orange
  • Consequently, purple, green, and orange become secondary colors.

Now to make brown from two colors, mix one secondary color with its complementary primary color. It means by mixing purple and yellow, green and red, orange and blue will produce brown color:

  • Purple + Yellow = Brown
  • Green + Red = Brown
  • Orange + Blue = Brown

To create a lighter shade of brown, use opaque white color to make necessary adjustments.

Let’s make dark brown

It is possible to create a dark effect by adding black or purple color. It will create a chocolate brown color. if someone is using red, yellow, and blue, then they can add more red and blue colors than yellow. For a darker tone, it will be good to mix red with ultramarine blue or black color. 

Many expert artists recommend that if someone is adding black or purple to get dark brown, they must understand the difference between the results obtained by adding both colors. For instance, adding black color will create a smoother look and feel. It will make a brighter mixture as compared to adding purple. 


If there is a need to draw a tree bark, a brick, or a tree in sunlight or paint a shine in old wood, these primary colors can be used to obtain a reddish-blackish-brown shade with more or less of using white.


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