Following recipes will not always give the results you expect. First watch or read up on color theory, learn about the primary attributes of color, hue, chroma, and value. Each color has several other properties to learn as well.
The transparency, granulation, and staining properties will affect how they work separately, and in mixes. Then learn about your primary and secondary colors, and their relationships. This is only a start, learn and understand the complementary, relationships between colors. Learn the difference between warn and cool shades of the same color.
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will give you a good start.
Then learn about the pigments. Get a pigment code chart. and then use a a "good" color wheel that includes the Pigment Codes, paint names will vary from brand to brand. You need to know what pigments are in the paints before you start trying to mix them.
has a good list that will give you pigment codes and the associated names that different brands attach to these pigments.