Conversion For Paint Colors

Need To Convert Acrylic Paint Brand Colors?

For the tutorials on this website, I used Liquitex BASICS acrylic paint almost exclusively. There are a few older tutorials where I used Apple Barrel Craft paint and there are a few that I use DecoArt Americana Tubes. Sometimes I mix brands (even in a few newer tutorials) because I’m after a certain color. 

That leads to a common question, “I’m using this brand of paint, can I still do this tutorial?”. The short answer is yes, of course! If your colors vary slightly, you can still do the painting. 

Most acrylic paint brands use standard color names like “titanium white”, “quinacridone magenta”, etc. So if you see that color name on the brand of paint you are using, most likely it will be the same color as the one I’m using even though its a different brand. You’re good to go! 

However, if you are using something else and the colors are labeled differently, it might be hard to decide which color to use. You can look at the color palette I make on all of my newer tutorials (working on getting them on the older ones) and see if you can find a color that closely matches that one. Some tutorials even give you an Apple Craft Paint suggestion chart. 

If you are using craft paint, it can be especially hard to tell since most craft paints use fun colors names like “flag red” or “pretty in pink”, etc. 

Below is a quick chart you can use to compare Liquitex BASICS to: DecoArt Americana Tubes, Apple Barrel Craft Paint 18 Piece Set  & Artists Loft. 

I cannot create a chart to convert every paint brand out there and the reality is you can’t 100% convert a craft acrylic paint brand to an artist acrylic paint because the ingredients in both of those vary. BUT you can still get a close impression of the color and still create a  beautiful piece of art.

If you still need help selecting colors for what paint you are using, you can send me a direct message on Facebook and I’d be glad to help!

Suggestion 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
  • Deep Green Permanent ~ Viridian Green 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

Apple Barrel has a HUGE color chart. You can see it online here


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! I may be able to find a color chart for your brand online and/or give a color suggestion.