Mixing Up Some Blues 6

I’m sure you’ve heard of having the blues, right? Well, a while back I struggled to find some indigo textile paint for printing on my indigo dyed fabric.  That gave me a case of the blues!  So, I decided if I couldn’t find something ready-made, I’d mix up some myself.  The thing is each indigo piece I dye can have many, many shades of blue.  No way I could mix up a blue that would work with each shade.  Well I could, but I won’t.

So I decided to mix a light indigo color and a dark indigo color.  It was a lot of trial and error.  A lot of back and forth.  Adding a little of this, and a little of that.  Occasionally an Oops! too much.  But I kept at it and eventually ended up with two base colors that plays really nice with my indigo fabric.

To make my textile paints I use a transparent textile medium and  color concentrate from Pro Chemical and Dye.  The textile medium is basically textile paint without color.  The color concentrate is pure pigment with no binder.  It is very, very concentrated, so a few drops goes a long way.


Indigo Light and Indigo Dark

Here are the two colors I mixed.

Mixing the Blues- Indigo Light


Mixing the Blues- Indigo Dark


The Printed Samples

Here are samples of what they look like printed on indigo fabric:

Indigo Light Print


Indigo Dark Print

With these two colors of indigo textile paint, I can create any shade I need to go with any piece of indigo dyed fabric as I need them.

I love mixing paint to create the colors I need.  And it is not as difficult as I once imagined.  Is this something you do?  If so, I’d love to know!


6 thoughts on “Mixing Up Some Blues

    • angie Post author

      Thank you Cyndi. It was our friend Mei Ling that turned me on to this. Great when I can’t find what I’m looking for.

  • Kathy Henderson

    Angie – when I go to the Pro Chemical site and look at the ProFab Color Concentrates, they don’t have an indigo color. What color did you use?

    • angie Post author

      Kathy, unfortunately they don’t have a ready mixed indigo color. I had to custom mix this. I used Blue CC46, Navy CC49, a tad bit of Orange CC31 and a bit of gray that I mixed from black and white. It was a lot of back and forth adding just tiny amounts at a time. As I said, it is very concentrated, so it only takes a drop or two to significantly change the color. Give it a try, and if I can help, let me know.

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