If a yellow is too bright it may be lowered by adding a small quantity of blue and red. Instructions for obtaining the various grades of yellow are given explicitly herewith.


This is yellowish white in color. Mix four parts of white with one of middle chrome yellow.


An imitation of amber can be produced by mixing equal portions of burnt sienna, burnt umber, blue black and orange chrome yellow, and adding a quantity of white lead until the desired tint is obtained.

Antique Bronze

Add ivory black to orange chrome yellow in the proportion of about five parts of black and one part of orange.

Asiatic Bronze

One part medium chrome yellow, two parts raw umber, and lighten with white lead.

Brass Yellow

This may be obtained by mixing forty parts of white lead, twelve parts of light chrome yellow, one part raw umber, and one part burnt umber. Or a mixture of French ochre and medium chrome yellow, added to a little umber, with a touch of blue, may be used to tint white as a base.


Take fourteen parts of black and add one part of yellow and two of green.

Bronze Yellow

Mix together five parts of medium chrome yellow, three parts of white lead, and one part of raw umber. A mixture preferred by some painters is obtained from chrome yellow, French ochre and a little burnt umber.


Two parts of white lead and one part of yellow ochre produces a good buff, or white lead may be tinted with French ochre alone. Other shades are obtained with mixtures of two parts of black, four of white, one of red and one and one-eighth of yellow.


White lead tinted with lemon chrome gives a nice buttercup yellow.

Cadmium Orange

This is an artist's color of considerable value, but is, generally speaking, too expensive for house painters. It should not be mixed with chrome yellow or emerald green. It is made in three shades: pale, medium and deep, and it cannot be successfully imitated.


This is practically another name for straw tint, and it may be mixed in the same way. The proportions for an ordinary shade of canary are three parts of lemon chrome yellow to one part of white lead, but less yellow is often preferred. Another shade is obtained by mixing two parts of white, six of yellow and two of green. Some manufacturers make an extra light chrome yellow which they call by this name.


A dull yellow made by mixing four parts of white, five of yellow ochre and one of green.


Mix together five parts of white lead, three parts of raw sienna and one part of lemon yellow.


Although this is a tertiary color, and theoretically can be made from green and orange, opinions as to the exact shade somewhat differ. It may be made by mixing four parts of medium chrome yellow and one part of raw umber; or five parts of lemon chrome yellow and two parts of raw umber.