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Dusty Rose

March 07, 2024 3 Comments


       If you've been following along with me for any length of time you'll know I really push the CMYK color theory model. This is because it's the only way to genuinely learn how to mix colors and gain a true understanding of the relationship colors have with each other! All colors don't need to be mixed from scratch like that, but practicing with only cyan, magenta, yellow, and black will teach you how different colors and their underlying tones effect your final color. In these color theory posts we'll highlight a specific color and how to mix it using different methods!




CMYK formula: 3 parts magenta, 2 parts yellow, 1 part cyan

     Understanding this formula using the CMYK color wheel: 3 parts magenta and 2 parts yellow make up the the base color which is a reddish pink. Lastly we add 1 part cyan which gives its a slightly purple-y hue and also mutes the tone. Add a little more cyan for an even dustier color!⁠

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For more info about CMYK color mixing check out our Color Theory Reference Guide booklet



The Sugar Art Gels

The Sugar Art formula: approximately 3 parts Dusty Rose to 1 part Liliac

     Understanding this formula: The Dusty Rose gel color produces a beautiful reddish pink, but for my purposes ⁠I wanted the final color to be toned down a little and with a hint of purple. Adding a little bit of the Lilac achieves this with the addition of the underlying magenta and cyan tones.

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Chefmaster Gels

Chefmaster formula: approximately 2 parts Fuchsia to 1 part Super Red + a small dot of Purple

     Understanding this formula: The fuchsia gel color is a strong pink with a definite purple undertone. Adding the super red alone gets you almost to the right color, but it's just a little too vibrant. That tiny addition of purple is just enough to tone it down.

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And remember... none of these formulas are the ONLY way to mix this color, even within each color line! Have fun and play with your colors to gain a better understanding of how and why colors effect each other. Bake the world colorful!

3 Responses


March 11, 2024

Do you also explain the Americolor gels?


March 09, 2024

I’ve been looking for a color like this.

Thank you!


March 08, 2024

This is AWESOME! I have been looking for something just like this. I can’t wait for you to do more colors – how often will these be posted?

Thank you so much for doing this!!!

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