What is a colour wheel? It is a circle-shaped disc that is divided into 12 sections which displays colour according to their pigments.
Colours are made up of red, yellow, and blue. These colours are known as primary colours because they cannot be created by mixing any other colour. The remainder of the colours on the colour wheel are called secondary because red, yellow and blue are mixed to create these colours.
There are many shades of each colour as you can see above.
Let’s take a closer look at the colour wheel.
Monochrome colour is made up many shades of one colour. One example is the green above. It starts with a cool shade of kaki green and graduates to a very deep kaki. When cardmakers and scrapbookers use monochrome colour, white/cream or black is often added.
Associated Colours or Analogous
Associated Colour consists of colours that are side-by-side on the colour wheel. Associated with the kaki green are gold and blue-green. Normally one chooses a colour as the dominant colour and then uses the associated colour as an accent.
Opposites attract. No, they really do. Take a look at the colour wheel above, and look at the opposing colours. Notice how kaki goes well with the pink-red. This is a bold use of colour, and is my favourite to use.
Just as the name says, split complementary is the use of opposites and the addition of a third colour. The third colour is to the left, or to the right, of the main colour. For example, red-pink and kaki are the chosen main colours, and gold or blue-green would be the third colour if I left the wheel as it is seen in this photo.
Turning the wheel around, pink-red and kaki are the main colours, but this time orange and violet are the chosen colours to use as a split complementary.
Triadic sounds like triangle, right? Looking at the colour wheel above, can you pick out the triangular colours to use? The answer is: kaki, orange and violet. Isn’t this easy?
I’m absolutely in love with this colour wheel that I found on Letter Seals.Com
This colour wheel is non traditional, and perfect for cardmakers and scrapbookers. Why? Because it shows a wide variety of colour combinations. This colour wheel is yummy.
Let’s look closely at the colour wheel again. Notice that each colour is broken up into five colour segments. Each colour wheel can be broken up into as many colour segments as the producer of the wheel chooses. In this case my wheel is produced by Bazzil paper company, so my wheel matches with the colours at the time the wheel was printed. One does not have to purchase Bazzil paper. Case in hand, I use Stampin’ Up paper yet I can follow along on this colour wheel.
Getting back to the segments of colour, let’s look at the lightest shade on the wheel. If I choose the lightest blue, the best colour choice to compliment my light blue would be the lightest shade of green, violet or gold. In another example, if I choose the third from the top blue, the complementary colour choice would be the third from the top of the green, violet and gold. Are you catching on? I knew you would.
Isn’t colour grand?!
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