After more than two dozen color mixing chart experiments, you’d think I would cease being shocked at results… but the answer to “Black and yellow make what color when mixed together” absolutely stunned me! The answer is both delightful and useful.
As background, my name is Lillie, and I’m an artist and teacher who adores doing hands-on investigations of art questions such as, “What colors make purple?” I personally create all of the illustrations in these lessons for maximum reliability. Ready to start today’s quest? Let’s go!
Investigating These Colors
Before we begin mixing these pigments, let’s back up and do some “color math” to understand the “ingredients” of each paint we’re swirling. In the RYB model, yellow is one of the three primary colors (along with red and blue) which make up all others, from the secondary colors onward.
Meanwhile, in this RYB color framework, black is created by combining all three primary colors together: red, yellow, and blue. Remember this detail, because it will come into play next!
Black and Yellow Make What Color?
As you can see from my illustration above, the answer to “Black and yellow make what color” is actually… GREEN (similar to what blue and yellow make)! A dusty olive green, to be exact.
What?! Are you as surprised as I was that there’s another answer to “What colors make green?” Did you know this fact about the mix of yellow with black before? Why the heck does this happen? Let’s return to the “color math” to understand.
Why They Make Green
Once we remember the ingredient colors involved (as we did with “What does orange and blue make?”), this equation actually makes sense. Black is Red + Blue + Yellow, so when we mix black and yellow, what’s actually happening is this:
(Yellow + Blue) + (Red + Yellow) = Green + Orange = Olive Green (what orange and green make). Ahhh! It all adds up! See my illustration below to realize I’m not lying… this combo really works.
Black and Yellow, in Sum
I hope that after reading this article, you’re now confident in answering, “Black and yellow make what color when mixed together?” Simply reply: “They make olive green, of course! And if you’re wondering what color brown and yellow make, it’s more of a light brownish green.”
If you want to further impress your listener, you can explain that olive is sometimes referred to as one of the tertiary colors, but in fact there are TWO definitions of what colors are actually tertiary. Wow, are colors ever wonderful.
The author and artist, Lillie Marshall, is a National Board Certified Teacher of English who has been a public school educator since 2003, and an experienced Reiki practitioner since 2018. All art on this site is original and hand-drawn by Lillie. She launched DrawingsOf.com Educational Cartoons in 2020, building upon the success of her other sites, AroundTheWorldL.com (established 2009), TeachingTraveling.com (founded 2010), and ReikiColors.com. Subscribe to Lillie’s monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media to stay connected!