Colors are an inseparable part of our lives. Let’s not dig into the physics of why it is so and just imagine how dull our life would have been if we didn’t see it in colors.
Seeing and enjoying colors is one thing. Creating a color palette for others to enjoy is completely different (and quite harder, to be honest). Choosing the right colors and color mixes is a skill that can be useful not only in adult coloring, but also interior design, fashion and, let’s admit it, life in general.
Today we are going to introduce you to the basics of working with a color wheel: a tool that professional designers work with on a daily basis.
As many of you know, there are 3 main colors: red, yellow and blue. These cannot be synthesized by mixing different colors, but make creating new colors amazingly easy. These 3 colors are called primary. As you see, the borders are pretty sharp between them.
When mixing the primary colors together we get the secondary colors. Hence, red and yellow together form orange; by mixing yellow with blue we can get green; and finally adding red to blue leaves us with purple. Now the palette looks more diverse, but we’re still not there yet.
Playing in a similar way with the primary and secondary colors we get 6 more colors, the tertiary ones. This already leaves a nice 12 color wheel where the transition between the colors is quite smooth.
Now all we are left with is to add a little depth to each color and we will have an amazing choice of 60 colors, usually available in medium sized sets of pens, pencils and crayons. Colors for larger sets are created in a similar way.
Now comes the interesting part. How to choose between these colors? The answer is quite easy. First of all, each color in the wheel goes perfectly well with it’s direct neighbors.
Secondly, and this is where the fun part begins, the colors go ideally well with their direct opposites in the wheel.
This way you can create a nice variety of colors to work with on your next coloring page, don’t you? Also you won’t be amazed next time you see someone wearing a nice variety of colors and still looking quite organic and elegant!
Feel free to share your questions in comments and, as always…