Messy Stuff

No one guessed this time. I think the clue was fairly obvious. What’s messy? This is:

So how do you craft paint? This tutorial is for those wanting to paint in non-creative. In creative you have all the paint colors in the inventory.

Making paint is fairly complicated, and you need to know about hue mixing to be able to make the colors you want. First, you need to make white paint, which is the base that all other colors are created from. For that you need a bucket full of water and white pigment. You should already know how to get the bucket and fill it with water, but how about pigment? White pigment is made by kilning limestone in the furnace. After you do that you should end up with a handful of white powder – white pigment.

Once you have the white pigment, to make white paint you need to boil it in a bucket of water. Put the bucket full of water and pigment in the furnace, and you should end up with a bucket of white stuff, quite like milk. But this is not milk, it’s white paint.

You can now paint some planks white. One bucket of paint is good for painting 48 of them.

Now, how do you make the paint colored? For that you need a source of color. There are 4 such sources in the game:

  • Purple flowers give you magenta hue
  • Malachite gives you cyan hue
  • Sulphur gives you yellow hue
  • Coal gives you black, which you can use to darken other colors

Those familiar with CMYK will be instantly at home here – basically by adding various combinations of these hues to white paint you subtract certain colors from the light reflecting from the paint. For example adding magenta will subtract green color. Adding yellow will subtract blue color.

All mixing must be done in the furnace by adding the source of the hue to a boiling bucket of paint.

Once you have the hue you want, you can make it darker by adding coal, again in the furnace.

That’s pretty much it. Making paint is by far the most complicated crafting/smelting scheme in the game so far.

And there’s also a new creature in 1.16, but I’ll write about it later.


  1. Sir Knight
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 22:12 | Permalink | Reply

    Nice work Kaalus. As to your idea of adding a fire-proof paint; as soon as I saw the white paint bucket, I remembered this article I read of how the Himeji Castle is painted white because of the plasters fire retardant properties. So perhaps you could emulate that in-game…

  2. Posted September 6, 2012 at 00:06 | Permalink | Reply

    Very cool, for each color of wood and bucket does it take up a data value? Because if it did you will soon reach the max limit.

  3. epic2015
    Posted September 6, 2012 at 00:32 | Permalink | Reply

    I thought it was paint.

  4. Posted September 6, 2012 at 02:55 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey Kaalus great job. And with the bears I find that my caves are now filled with them. Could you make it where bears only spawn in dark caves. Only a suggestion.

    • Posted September 6, 2012 at 17:34 | Permalink | Reply

      That’s odd. Bears only spawn once in caves, so when you wipe them out and block entrances there shouldn’t be any more.

  5. jriot10
    Posted September 6, 2012 at 04:12 | Permalink | Reply

    Make it so that you have to mix iron into the paint in order to make it fire proof. Also mixing sulfur in it could make the planks explosive :D

  6. Posted September 6, 2012 at 05:58 | Permalink | Reply

    I got it wrong too, I guessed animal poo. :D

  7. Duxk
    Posted September 6, 2012 at 13:10 | Permalink | Reply

    Nice Kaalus. Maybe it’s time to try to make some armor now.

  8. Kaleb
    Posted September 9, 2012 at 08:16 | Permalink | Reply

    Anyone else curious as to what the white triangle object is in the creative mode inventory in that video is? Its after all the paint buckets so it must be new? What is it Kaalus?

  9. ms.muztache
    Posted August 26, 2013 at 04:00 | Permalink | Reply

    thx im new to the game i needed it gtg paint my house RAINBOW!!!!

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