How to make teal paint

How to Make Teal Paint – Step-By-Step!

How to Make Teal Paint? Teal is a cyan-green color and is one of the most popular and fashionable colors nowadays.

You’ll see celebrities using teal as the color of their furniture, rooms, and home decoration.

The reason for the sudden demand for this color is because teal looks like the color of the sky and the ocean.

The color is thus calming and relaxing to the eyes.

The combination of the colors blue and green is what provides the energy of optimism, serenity, and balance. 

But teal isn’t just a primary color.

In order to achieve this wonderful hue, you have to mix different colors and work with the proper intensity to achieve the perfect tint of teal.

If you’re wondering how to make teal paint from scratch, here’s how: 

How to make teal paint

In order to make teal paint, you’ll need the colors blue and green as the primary colors in a ratio of 1.2 to 1, followed by 1/2 yellow as the secondary color, and lastly a dab of white. You best mix the colors with a mixing palette and a spatula. Blend the colors until you reach the perfect teal before using bigger amounts of paint. Wear gloves and a painter’s overall to avoid getting the paint on your skin and clothes. 

Make teal paint step by step

1. Prepare the right colors

Use different blue color variations to achieve teal
Use different blue color variations to achieve teal

Use different variations of the color blue – since teal is a bluish-greenish hue, blue serves as the primary color that is needed to make the perfect teal color.

Use lighter blues to deeper blue shades.

Bright green is needed to create teal color
Bright green is needed to create teal color

Bright green – green is another basic color that is important when making bluish-greenish paint.

Make sure to choose a bright green color and not the dark one because you won’t achieve teal color if you go for the darker green.

Remember, the color green should never overpower the color blue because teal blue dominates green. 

Mix a small part of yellow
Mix a small part of yellow

Yellow paint – a small part of yellow color is also needed to provide a brighter and bolder color.

Just note that you shouldn’t add too much or else the result may be a completely different color instead of teal.

Only a dab of white color is needed to mix teal
Only a dab of white color is needed to mix teal

White for a touch-up – white paint works well when you suddenly create a darker color than what you expected to produce.

A touch of white paint will help neutralize the dark color to lighten up the overall result by a notch. 

2. Mix the paint

Mix the paint on a palette first to achieve the teal color you prefer
Mix the paint on a palette first to achieve the teal color you prefer

When making teal colors, patience is required.

Don’t worry about nailing it on the first try because a lot of alterations may be needed before you actually reach the perfect teal color.

On a mixing palette or canvas, the ratio of paint needed is 1. 2 parts of blue paint and 1 part of the green color paint.

Mix the two together before adding 1/2 part of yellow.

Then blend again. If you’re not yet satisfied with the color, you can add a little bit more of either blue or green. 

Add white for a retouch.

White paint is good for a touch-up because it affects the complexity of the color.

It lightens the dark color of the paint but never brightens it.

So if you see that your tint color came out too dark, dab in a bit of white and see how it comes out.


If ever the color came out too light than what you intend to, never add black paint.

Doing so will make the shade darker and dull.

The result will be far from the color teal, eventually leading you to start over. 

Once you’ve successfully reached the preferred shade of teal, remember that the paint will change its color once dried out.

You might have to reevaluate the result once the paint dried.

The color may appear a bit different, which is why you have to test it out on a smaller canvas first before mixing bigger proportions of paint

Facts about the color teal

The Eurasian teal duck
The Eurasian teal duck

The name teal comes from a freshwater duck called ‘Eurasian teal’ that has a bluish-green stripe on its eyes and head. 

Teal is the darker version of the cyan color. 

Teal is mostly used in sports as a color during the 90s.

Some teams even used it as the color of their uniform. 

In the year 2000s, teal became more and more popular in movies.

Movie editors started incorporating color into films by complementing the actors’ skin in order to achieve a warm color image. 

Aside from the sky, the calming bluish-green color of teal relates to the bay, lagoons, and even peacock feathers.

Teal fits well into the natural world. 

Teal color had a renaissance in the 2000s
Teal color had a renaissance in the 2000s

But teal color is also used in logos, web designs, interior decors, pottery, and jewelry. 

Teal is favored as it provides the feeling of restfulness, spiritual balance, and positive vibes as stated initially. 

Frequently asked questions about making teal paint

What exact shade of blue is present in the teal color?

Phthalo (phthalocyanine) blue is the exact color closest to teal. However, not all stores have this exact color. So if you can’t find it, try variations of blue hues instead (others use aqua shades). If you want a cooler teal, you’ll need something more bluish like the color shade ultramarine. 

What colors are mixed to make dark teal shade?

To achieve dark teal use an equal ratio of blue and green, followed by yellow-green color. Most people think that they need to add black paint in order to make a darker shade of teal, but actually, more green is needed. Just be sure to only add a few dabs because too much will make it look like an aqua color rather than teal.

Conclusion on How to Make Teal Paint

Teal is a darker shade than turquoise.

It is a blueish-greenish hue where blue and green are the essential colors.

But take note, the color blue should be more dominant than green to make teal paint

Teal color is not just all blue and green. It has components of yellow and white paint in it, too. 

Pallets and scraper knives work well when mixing teal paint.

While brushes are suitable for mixing bigger portions of paint. 

A canvas will work well if you’re trying out different hues of teal, but if a simple sample is all you need, a pallet works just fine. 

Happy painting!