Monday, October 11, 2010

Color Wheel Mystery

How many of you know how to use a color wheel?? How many own one? Where is it? I personally have one but once reading the insert for it put it on the shelf. LOL I thought it was confusing, but now after becoming a Certified Instructor for SDU ( Scrapbook Design & You) by EK Success I now know how to use one..the Mystery is solved!!
So go get your color wheels and I will show you just how easy the color wheel is!!

Ok..Here we go!! My Color Wheel is called Pick, Point and Match Rainbow Color Selector by EK Success. I have had this for a LONG time but they still make them. I bought mine at AC Moore.
First we must know some Color Vocabulary! This will make it easier to decipher the color wheel!
Primary Colors ~ Pure Red, Pure Blue and Pure Yellow are your 3 Primary Colors. They are primary because you cannot combine colors to get them. All colors derive from these 3. Primary Colors are #4 in the windows of each color on the wheel. The Primaries when connected in a straight line form an equilateral triangle.
Secondary Colors ~ Orange, Green and Violet are the secondary colors.
Orange is made by mixing the same amount of yellow and red.
Green is made by mixing the same amount of yellow and blue.
Violet is made from mixing the same amount of blue and red.
The secondary colors are halfway between the Primary colors on the color wheel and also form an equilateral triangle.The rest of the colors on the color wheel are formed by mixing the primary and secondary colors.
Neutrals ~ Contrary to popular belief, Tan or beige is not a neutral. Neutrals are non colors. Black, White and Gray are true Neutrals.
Color Value ~ is the process of making a pure color lighter or darker. A SHADE of color is # 5,6,& 7 on the wheel. A shade is made when black is added to the pure color. A TINT of color is # 1,2, & 3 on the wheel and is made when white is added to the pure color.
Color Intensity ~ varying the intensity of a color can change it as well. A TONE is a grayed version of a pure color.
 Let's first look at some Color Combinations:
Monochromatic ~ Is a color combo of all of one color in different shades, and tints.
Analogous ~ Colors that are next to each other or in close proximity on the color wheel. They are pleasing to the eye and always go together because they share similar values.
Complementary ~ Colors that are across from each other on the color wheel. Complementary colors look best when 1 color is used as an accent color so not to over power each other. Complementary colors look great when used with a Neutral as a background as well.
Triadic ~ Color Combinations that form a triangle on the color wheel.
Quadratic ~ Color combinations that form a rectangle or square on the color wheel.

On the color wheel itself you will find some symbols. These symbols make it easy to make specific color combinations.
Black Arrows ~ Complementary
Red Triangle ~ Triad
Orange Triangle ~ Split Complementary
Green Rectangle ~ Quadratic

And that my friends is it!! See how easy it can be. Once you master the color wheel the possibilities are endless for your scrapbook pages!

Any questions?? Contact me and I am glad to help!

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