Lately It came to my mind that I need to paint my own fancy colour wheel. On the one hand, it’s useful and easy to make. Besides, it could work as a nice decoration for craft space.
I’m sure every little one knows that blue and yellow mixed together have to form green. Red and yellow, as it is expected, form orange, and blue and red form purple. Thus it should be as red, blue, and yellow are so called primary colours, but green, orange, and purple are secondary colours. Mixing every two of the primary colours gives you one of the secondary colours. That was something I was pretty sure about until the moment I read a book about colour nature.
Did you know, that truthfully blue and red don’t give purple? And blue and yellow don’t mix in actually green? It happens this way because of the small, inconspicuous fact — there are no pure primary colours. In fact, every primary colour has a dash of one of neighbour colour in it’s spectrum. Thus, every yellow is either greenish yellow or orange-yellow. Every blue — either purple, or greenish blue. Well, you understood the pattern. Without going into details, only mixing of proper red and blue will result in purple.
So i painted my colour wheel taking into account the double nature of every primary and secondary colour. This kind of the wheel shall give you more accurate information about additional (complementary) colours. I even tried to get shades of colours by mixing in opposite one, but I must admit, it didn’t turn out as well as I had imagined that. Nevertheless, it still looks pretty nice.
Just in case, if somebody needs this information, I’ll post here some hints on how to use the wheel.
How to use the colour wheel
Как использовать цветовой круг
There are some certain (but simple) rules to follow that help creating harmonic colour combinations.
First of all, it’s a piece of cake to find a complementary colour for the given one, if you have a colour wheel. Just look at the colour that is on the opposite side from the given one. Complementary colours make a good combination, if one is chosen to be a dominant one and another makes the accent.
Any three neighbour colours in the colour wheel go well together.
Choose one colour that will dominate in your scheme. Find two additional colours by drawing an equilateral triangle with one vertex near the selected colour.
Split complementary colours
Another way of creating high-contrast colour scheme is to choose one colour that will dominate in your scheme and instead of the opposite colour take two adjacent to it.
Actually, the aforementioned three rules are all special cases of this rule: choose one colour and step from it with the same interval left and right.
Just draw a rectangle on your wheel to make reach colour scheme. But use it with caution — let one of the colours be dominant.
Very easy, isn’t it? When basic colours for your scheme are set, you still can enrich your scheme with tints (by adding white), shades (by adding black) and tones (by adding grey) of the chosen colours.
I’m sorry I don’t have printables for you this time. It’s because I’m still not content with the result and going to redraw the wheel.
And do you use the colour wheel when choosing a colour scheme for your work?