Mix Fur Colors with Latex Paint

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Artist Jessie Rasche helps us mix up some nice fur colors.

Jessie and I had a great time putting this video together. Of course, she did all the work, but I got to watch 🙂 .

She chose samples from the Sherwin Williams brand at our local Lowes, to create a nice range of dark and light, cool and warm grays and browns. We could use these colors for a lot of animals – wolves, rabbits, deer, and even a moose.

By the way, there are articles all over the internet that say that the sample colors you buy at the paint store are “not real paint.”

So I called Lowes and asked them if that’s true. And no, it’s not.

The nice lady at Lowes said she uses exactly the same base and pigments to mix the sample sizes as she does to mix up the quarts and gallons. It’s exactly the same paint. Is that true for every brand or every paint store? We don’t know, so be sure to ask when you’re buying your samples.

The Sherwin Williams colors Jessie used for her fur colors:

Sweet Cardamom (the orange-brown color)
Tuxedo (the dark inky color)
Newport Gray (very dark teal)
Dusky Morn (the lightest color, a warm light gray)

Jessie will have a short video available soon that will help us choose our own colors and mix them correctly. I’ll put a link to that video here as soon as it’s done. In the meantime, check out these videos from her YouTube channel:

For a more comprehensive workshop about mixing and using color, click here.

Have you used latex paint for any of your paper mache projects?

If you have, we’d love to know what you thought of using and mixing the latex paint. Would you use it again? Do you have any tips for us? Let us know in the comments below. 🙂

5 thoughts on “Mix Fur Colors with Latex Paint”

  1. HI Jonni and Jesse. I have used latex paint for both paper mâché and paintings. I was wary at first and looked up info on the internet. It says that latex and acrylic are basically the same thing. I use white mostly for mixing colors. I buy it by the quart. It saves money and it goes so much further.

  2. Hi Jonni and Jesse! I do use latex along with my acrylics. I find that the sample cans I buy are so rich in pigment, and so creamy.. I love them. they can be thinned down without losing pigment and most of the time I have to thin them down. Definitely saves money! Love your videos! Thank you so much for all the tips, etc!


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