3 Ways Mixing Colors with Artisan Accents Saves You Money

Artisan Accents Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow. Has a color wheel, a palette knife, and mixed colores on a palette.

Do you love mixing colors with Artisan Accents food coloring? Or maybe you’ve been considering purchasing their products. Or you may just be looking for a great economical food coloring set. If any of that sounds like you, you’re in the right place!

If you’re like me, you may have heard a lot of great things about Artisan Accents food coloring. I was so excited to get the opportunity to try out their colors and see if I could make them work with my CMYK color mixing method. (More on that below.)

I was even more excited to learn just how economical these colors are. That’s why today, I am going to share 3 ways mixing colors with Artisan Accents can save you money!

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3 Ways Mixing Colors with Artisan Accents Saves Your Money!

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When I received my package of Artisan Accents gel food coloring from Avenue Sweet Choices Sugar Art Supplies, I was so excited to see if they would work with my CMYK color mixing guide. If you aren’t familiar with CMYK, that is a color mixing method using cyan, magenta, and yellow as primary colors. Those three primary colors, along with black, are used to mix any other color.

Recently, I set out to see if I could make any buttercream color using only 4 bottles of food coloring. A lot of research and experimenting went into figuring out the best way to apply this method to coloring buttercream as well as which exact colors to use.

I go into great detail about color theory and CMYK color mixing with buttercream in my post, Stop Wasting Money on Food Coloring: A Buttercream Color Mixing Guide. In today’s post, I will include information on using Artisan Accents with this color mixing method..

About Artisan Accents Gel Food Coloring

Joy, the owner of Avenue Sweet Choices Sugar Art Supplies is who introduced me to Artisan Accents food coloring. She loves them so much, that they are the only food coloring that she carries in her shop! According to the Artisan Accents website, these colors are tasteless and you only need a drop or two!

I was immediately intrigued by the fact that they have 10 core colors. They pride themselves on this small selection of coloring that can be used for mixing all other colors. The colors that they carry are Hot Rod Red, Leaf Green, Sunshine Yellow, Juicy Orange, Coco Brown, Deep Purple, Pinkalicious, Snow White, Azure Blue, Midnight Black.

While they have cute names, they are all basic colors. That is a good thing when it comes to a color set made for mixing colors! They do also have a color called Breakfast Blue that is not a “basic color”. It is in addition to the 10 core colors.

Mixing Colors with Artisan Accents

Money Saving Benefits

The more I learned about Artisan Accents, the more I realized just how economical this brand is. I just had to share them with you all!

#1 Save Money by Mixing Your Own Colors

Artisan Accents doesn’t market multiple shades of every color. They seem to pride themselves on artists being able to make any color that they want from their small selection of food coloring.

They even include a color mixing guide that was made specifically for mixing colors with Artisan Accents 10 core colors.

Maintaining a minimalist cake supply cabinet is one of the biggest keys to saving money as a cake decorator. Artisan Accents’ similar aim was very appealing to me.

My CMYK color mixing method that uses only 4 food coloring bottles may not be a good fit for everyone. If you still want to save money by mixing your own colors, but aren’t ready to use only 4 bottles, then you can click on this link to order Artisan Accents 10 core colors + their Breakfast Blue!

#2 Save Even More by Following My CMYK Buttercream Color Mixing Guide and Recipes

To save even more money, I suggest mixing all of your colors using only 4 food coloring bottles. The colors that I use are Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black.

I have written a color mixing guide using this method. I also share precise, drop-per-drop color recipes on my instagram page that follow this method as well.

My go-to colors that I use for my CMYK color mixing and all of my color recipes are Americolor, but you don’t have to use Americolor to follow along. More information can be found in my post, Stop Wasting Money on Food Coloring: A Buttercream Color Mixing Guide

CMY Color Mixing with Artisan Accents
Can I Follow Your CMYK Color Mixing Guides and Recipes with Artisan Accents?

Short answer: yes!

Because of the small selection of colors that Artisan Accents carries, I wasn’t sure that I would find a good, neutral Cyan, Magenta and Yellow that would work as primary colors to mix all of the other colors, but I did!

First, their Sunshine Yellow is a perfect neutral Yellow. Next, I was surprised to see that their Azure Blue was not a true primary blue like I expected, but was an excellent Cyan, as you can see in the photo above. Finally, their Pinkalicious was a great neutral Magenta, although it wasn’t quite as rich as Americolor’s Magenta, “Electric Pink”.

In a nutshell, if you are following along with my CMYK color mixing guide for mixing colors with Artisan Accents, or if you have Artisan Accents and want to use my color recipes, just substitute the Sky Blue for Artisan Accents’ “Azure Blue”, Electric Pink for “Pinkalicious”, and Lemon Yellow for “Sunshine Yellow”!

#3 Save Money on Airbrush Colors

Another economical benefit of Artisan Accents is that you don’t have to buy a different set of colors specifically made for airbrushing. Artisan Accents makes a Dilution Solution that is meant to be mixed with the food coloring for use in an airbrush machine.

Many other food coloring companies offer separate bottles specifically formulated for an airbrush machine. Buying more bottles means spending more money and losing more of your small business’ profits.

If you use an airbrush machine, Artisan Accents is a great economical way to consolidate your food coloring and airbrush coloring in one. You can order their Dilution Solution here.

Tips for Mixing Colors with Artisan Accents Food Coloring

Shake It Up!

For best results, be sure to shake the container. According to the owner of Avenue Sweet Choices, these colors are so pigmented, that occasionally the pigment separates and sinks to the bottom. She suggested to use a skewer to mix them up thoroughly after they have been shipped or after not being used for a long time.

After those initial mixing with skewers, you should be sure to shake well each time before use. Once you have them all shaken up, you are ready to start mixing colors with Artisan Accents gel food coloring!

Give Them Time to Develop

As with any coloring brand, it is always a great idea to allow dark colors to develop over time. I noticed as I was mixing colors with Artisan Accents, that the dark colors weren’t getting very dark right away. I set them to the side and came back later to see that those colors had deepened and looked perfect!

When I make dark colors like red, black, and blues, I like to make them the day before I need them and leave them overnight to develop. You may only need to leave them for a few hours.

If you find yourself in a time crunch, one trick to speeding up the developing process is to microwave your buttercream and color mixture until slightly melted. After that, mix it thoroughly and allow it to come to room temperature on the counter. You can speed the cooling process up by placing it in the fridge for a few minutes as well. Be sure to stir well after it has cooled.


In conclusion, mixing colors with Artisan Accents is a great economical choice whether you are following along with my CMYK 4 color mixing guide or if you would prefer to mix colors using more basic color options.

They also offer the Dilution Solution to turn any of their food coloring bottles into an airbrush color. You can find Artisan Accents 10 core colors here. Or, you can purchase their Azure Blue, Pinkalicious, and Sunshine Yellow separately and follow along with my Color Recipes that I share on my Instagram page!

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