Searching for what colors make green? You’ve come to the right place to learn the standard, easy answer, a slightly more complex one — then a whole bunch of shocking other correct responses from our ever-growing color mixing chart!
As background, my name is Lillie, and I’m an artist and teacher who delights in hands-on experiments to solve questions like, “What colors make purple?” I adore going beyond the obvious answers in art to find the exciting ones that many people miss. Ready for our exploration around creating green? Let’s go…
What Two Colors Make Green?
The most classic answer to “What two colors make green?” is: Mixing the primary colors, yellow and blue (in the RYB color model), yields one of the three secondary colors, green. Yes, blue and yellow make green… but what other methods are there?
Well, believe it or not, one of the answers to, “Black and yellow make what color?” is… the color GREEN! Specifically, it’s an olive green, but yellow and black distinctively do work for our green quest when combined. Now let’s dive even deeper.
RYB vs. CMYK vs. RGB
Getting a bit more complex, in the world of the CMYK subtractive color model (used in printing), the primary colors are yellow, magenta (what red and purple make), and cyan: a bright aqua blue that’s slightly lighter and greener than azure color. In the world of CMYK, the two colors that make green are yellow plus cyan.
Ready to get crazier? In the RGB addictive color model used in screens and light, green is one of the primary colors (along with red and blue), so there’s nothing that makes it, since it’s just one of the foundational building blocks of the system — it just IS!
Surprising Other Methods
Heading back to the traditional RYB color (or colour, if you’re British) model that we’re used to from paints and markers, it’s time now to investigate several other ways to make shades of green besides yellow plus blue. I bet you’ll be as surprised as I was from the results of some of these hands-on experiments…
What Colors Make Green?
Did this article make you hungry for eating lettuce, mint, or kale, or produce the desire to frolic in verdant fields of grass? Are you curious now about the opposite of green? Do share!
If you’d like to continue exploring how to create certain colors, check out my new addition to this series in the form of the article: “What Colors Make Orange?”
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!