Conversion For Paint Colors

Need To Convert Acrylic Paint Brand Colors?

I use a few different brands of acrylic paint. Sometimes I’m after a certain color that one brand has and the other doesn’t. I get asked this question often, can the colors be converted if I’m using one paint brand but the tutorial calls for a different brand? 

The answer is yes the colors will convert (for the most part)! And I have created a simple conversion chart on this page to help you out and hopefully make things easier! 

NOW there is no way to match the colors 100% because the pigment is unique to a brand. BUT you can get pretty close! I am using BASICS as the baseline for conversion because that is the brand I use the most. I’ve converted it to DecoArt Americana Premium, Apple Barrel Craft Paints and Artist’s Loft.  

If you’re looking to convert to a different brand, do a quick google search for “Acrylic Paint Brand Conversion Chart” and there are a few great charts out there! 

Charts:

~ symbol is very close but not 100% = 

*Means it’s kind of a stretch but you will still achieve great results if you substitute with this color

Liquitex BASICS ~ DecoArt Americana Premium (the tubes not the bottles)

  • Cadmium Red Medium ~ Cadmium Red Hue
  • Cadmium Orange Hue ~ Cadmium Orange Hue
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue~ Cadmium Yellow Hue 
  • Unbleached Titanium ~ Titan Buff 
  • Quinacridone Magenta ~ Quinacridone Magenta
  • Medium Magenta ~ Primary Magenta 
  • *Primary Red ~ Quinacridone Red
  • Raw Umber ~ Raw Umber
  • Burnt Umber ~ Burnt Umber
  • Burnt Sienna ~ Burnt Sienna
  • Raw Sienna ~ Raw Sienna
  • Primary Yellow ~ Primary Yellow
  • *4 parts brilliant yellow green, 2 parts cadmium yellow medium, 1 part burnt umber  ~ Green Gold 
  • Hookers Green Permanent or Dark Green Permanent ~ Phthalo Green Yellow or Sap Green
  • Light Green Permanent ~ Yellow Green Light
  • Phthalocyanine Blue ~ Phthalo Blue
  • *Bright Aqua Green ~ Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • 1 part Phthalo blue, 1 part Phthalo green ~ Phthalo Turquoise 
  • *3 parts Phthalo Blue, 1 Part Mars Black ~ Prussian Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue ~ Ultramarine Blue
  • Cerulean Blue Hue~ Cerulean Blue
  • Dioxazine Purple ~ Dioxazine Purple
  • Mars Black  ~ Carbon Black
  • Titanium White ~ Titanium White
  • *Naphthol Crimson ~ Pyrrole Red
  • Deep Violet ~ Quinacridone Violet
  • *Alizaron Crimson Hue Permanent – Vermillion Hue

Liquitex BASICS ~ Apple Barrel Craft (18 Piece Set on Amazon)

  • Titanium White ~ White
  • *Cadmium Yellow Light Hue ~ Yellow Flame
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium ~ Bright Yellow
  • *Medium Magenta ~ Bright Magenta 
  • *Light Portrait Pink ~ Fuchsia + White 
  • Cadmium Orange Hue ~ Jack O’ Lantern
  • Cadmium Red Medium ~ Flag Red
  • *Dioxazine Purple ~ Purple Iris
  • Light Blue Permanent ~ Parrot Blue
  • Bright Aqua Green ~ Bimini Blue
  • Cerulean Blue Hue ~ Bright Blue 
  • *Phthalo Blue ~ Too Blue
  • *Light Green Permanent ~ New Shamrock
  • *Dark Green Permanent or Hooker’s Green ~ Holly Branch
  • Burnt Umber ~ Nutmeg Brown
  • Raw Umber ~ Melted Chocolate
  • Neutral Gray Value 5 ~ Pewter Gray
  • Mars Black ~ Black

Liquitex BASICS ~ Artist’s Loft 

  • Bright Aqua Green ~ Aqua Green
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium ~ Bright Yellow
  • Phthalo Blue ~ Brilliant Blue
  • Medium Magenta ~ Brilliant Magenta
  • Burnt Umber ~ Burnt Umber
  • Cerulean Blue Hue ~ Cerulean Blue
  • Cadmium Red Medium ~ Crimson
  • *Dark Green Permanent ~ Deep Green
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep ~ Deep Yellow
  • *Alizarion Crimson Hue Permanent ~ Deep Red
  • *Hooker’s Green ~ Emerald Green
  • *Brilliant Yellow Green ~ Green Yellow
  • Neutral Gray Value 5 ~ Grey
  • Light Green Permanent ~ Light Green
  • Ivory Black ~ Ivory/Black
  • Cadmium Yellow Light Hue ~ Lemon Yellow
  • Light Blue Permanent ~ Light Blue
  • Light Blue Violet ~ Light Violet
  • Light Portrait Pink ~ Portrait Pink
  • Mars Black ~ Mars Black
  • Cadmium Orange Hue ~ Orange
  • Unbleached Titanium ~ Unbleached Titanium
  • Primary Blue ~ Phthalo Blue
  • Phthalo Green + Phthalo Blue ~ Phthalo Green
  • Dioxazine Purple ~ Violet
  • Yellow Oxide ~ Yellow Ochre 
  • Ultramarine Blue ~ Ultramarine 

Still need help?

If I missed a color that you need help converting don’t hesitate to contact me!