More people are using indigo in their artwork as the color makes a comeback, and we have seen an increase in people contacting us to learn how to make their own indigo paint or pigment.Since so many people reached out in such a short amount of time, we decided to publish this article going over a number of ways you can make indigo paint.

.The two methods available are equally suitable, though many of our readers may prefer to simply mix existing paints to create their own indigo pigment at home due to the ease of doing so. Having said that, decent indigo paint is quite cheap these days due to high demand for indigo paint.Most readers, especially those who are considering adding pigments to paint mediums, would probably do better to just go with a tube of indigo paint rather because it will usually work out cheaper unless you need a large quantity.


Often, people just go by their opinions about indigo and its hue and not the pigment chards and spectrum of that color. .Because of this, people tend to classify indigo as a shade of blue rather than full-blown purple, but the deeper purple color actually appears to be more dominant to the human eye due to the blue often being considerably lighter and more easily overtaken by the purple. Before we continue, we would like to clarify that we are only going to be talking about modern-day indigo with the purple in it.It was originally a very dark blue with no purple in it called indigo but over the centuries the term has come to refer exclusively to the color that has the purple tint rather than the original dark blue indigo.

What Colors Do You Mix To Make Indigo?

To make your own indigo, you can mix blue and purple with a regular blue such as cobalt blue performing the best as darker blues do not perform as well for mixing indigo. .If you make your indigo too dark, then we often advise that you add cobalt blue to the mixture to lighten it. Since a darker or lighter blue usually needs to be darkened or lightened after it has been mixed with the purple or violet when making indigo, this process tends to be easier. Indigo is one of the easier colors to mix yourself at home, but if you accidentally mix too much, then we recommend that you add a lighter blue after mixing the purple or violet.White paint is usually the first thing people reach for when they need to lighten a mixture, but this is usually an overreaction that will too lighten the mixture and make it nearly impossible to balance.For the best results, stick to your blue to lighten it and your purple to darken it after the initial mixture is complete.

What Colors Are Close To Indigo!

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. .In order to avoid this, we do not recommend mixing blue paints with the light purples at all as this will usually result in a slightly lighter blue than you started with rather than an indigo, so you must use them as stand-alone colors.

Making Your Own Indigo Pigment!

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Despite this, pigment sticks are becoming more popular. You can find an indigo pigment stick online easily, but most arts and crafts stores will need to order them in for you.Both pigment powder and pigment sticks work equally well, but since pigment powder is easier to prepare for mixing with a paint medium, it is quicker to use a powder rather than a stick.

How To Make Indigo Oil Paint!

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How To Make Indigo Acrylic Paint!

You can make your own acrylic paint indigo very easily, with most beginner artists being able to do it effortlessly and get great results.We would always recommend that you use clear gesso acrylic rather than white gesso, even though some artists do use white gesso.Once your gesso is ready, you can start adding tiny amounts of the indigo pigment powder to the mixture. If you choose clear gesso, you will not need much pigment to get a solid homemade acrylic paint, so the process is quick and easy.The reason for this is that you must use quite a lot of pigment to get a nice dark indigo since the gesso is white. .Acrylic paints can also be applied with other suitable mediums if required but they tend to dry slower.For any other alternative to gesso, you may want to check out our article on getting acrylic paint to dry faster.

How To Make Indigo Watercolor Paint!

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You can use other mediums to paint with watercolors, but they tend to quickly spiral out of control, so most people just use gum Arabic or indigo watercolor paint as they are cheaper.It has been reported that some people add other ingredients to their gum Arabic when making watercolor paint to help stabilize the consistency, but we tend to discourage this practice since it can result in inconsistent results. To make your own indigo watercolor paint, add your indigo pigment powder to your gum Arabic and mix them together.As soon as the initial amount has been mixed into your gum Arabic, repeat the process until you attain the desired color.As opposed to acrylics, indigo watercolor paint tends to dry out quickly, so we recommend using it as soon as possible.