Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Here is my color wheel with 18 wedges.

COLORS used (you need two hues in each primary color):

Phthalo Blue (cool) 
Ultramarin Blue (warm)

Alizarin Crimson or Permanent Alizarin (cool)
Cadmium Red (warm)

Lemon Yellow (cool)
Cadmium Yellow (warm)

CHROMATIC BLACK - in the center (a mixture of primary colors)
THE PRIMARY RING - primary, secondary and tertiary colors
TINT RING - primary ring + white
CHROMATIC GREYS RING - complementary colors (opposite on the wheel) mixed in equal amount plus 50 percent white
SHADES RING - complementary colors mixed, one in full amount plus one tiny bit of the opposite. 

ORANGE: cad red + cad yellow (warm + warm)
VIOLET: alizarin + ultramarin (cool + warm)
GREEN: phthalo + lemon (cool + cool)

Cad yellow is mixed with a bit of cad red.
Cad red is mixed with a bit of cad yellow.
Some colors on the primary ring are mixed with a bit of white (ultramarin, phthalo, alizarin, lemon). Add a bit of white in the tertiary colors on the primary ring, as well.

intensity: Intensity of a color is how much it is saturated with pure colors, another description is how bright it is, as, yellow is more intense than blue. Green and Magenta are the same intensity.
value: how light or dark is a color
mono-tone: one color pigment color like cadmium red
pure color: the full intensity of a color on a color wheel
complement: an opposite color, they work very well together as whole colors, mixed 1:1 they make a neutral dark.
split complements: a color scheme of three colors. The original, and an opposite/complement color to measure the location of the two colors next to it. Use more than one set of split complements of the same opposite color for a very harmonious color scheme.

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