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Wood Stain Formulas
by Sal Marino

If you like working with colors and do a great deal of staining or color matching, the following formulas will help you reproduce various natural wood tones. All the colors are available in many mediums like oil (Japan Colors), acrylic colors and Universal Tinting Colors which can be dissolved in any medium.

Medium Walnut.
6 parts burnt umber
1/2 part raw umber

Dark Walnut
6 parts burnt umber
3 parts van dyke brown

American Walnut
8 parts burnt umber
2 parts burnt sienna
1 part van dyke brown

Cherry
4 parts burnt sienna
1 part burnt umber
1/2 part French yellow ochre

Pine
4 parts French yellow ochre
2 1/2 parts zinc white
1 part burnt umber

Honey Maple
6 parts French yellow ochre
1 1/2 parts burnt sienna
1/4 part van dyke brown

Red Mahogany
5 parts burnt sienna
1 1/2 parts vermilion red
1/2 part van dyke brown

Brown Mahogany
6 parts burnt umber
3 parts burnt sienna
1/2 part van dyke brown

Golden Oak
5 parts French yellow ochre
1 part burnt sienna
1/2 part raw sienna

Ebony
9 parts lamp black
1 1/2 parts burnt sienna
1/2 part Prussian blue
1/2 part vermilion red

Pickled Pine
6 parts zinc white
1 1/2 parts French yellow ochre
1/2 part burnt umber

 
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