Today’s blog is for all those wanting to know how to combine colors because I am sharing something that helps me when I am designing. It’s a color wheel. Very simple I know, but it helps. ALOT. Especially when I want to use colors in a design and I don’t know if they would complement each other or not. For the most part, I look at nature to see which colors are really striking, e.g. look at a carrot which is orange and green; or even the violet plants, purple and green; or a sunset which is orange and blue with mixes of purples.
Color combinations for me are limitless, so go out there and have fun.
Let’s get started. I have made a color wheel using the primary, secondary and tertiary colors. In this blog, I will tell you what the different color sets are, in the next parts we will have a look at how you can implement them in design and also how to create tints and shades using these colors to get even more colors.
First up we have primary colors. Primary colors are colors that cannot be made from mixing other colors. Instead, primary colors are the source of other colors. The primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. These are very striking and strong. I wouldn’t use it on it’s own unless I added a bit of white or black to it, or use it with a secondary or tertiary color.
When I am purchasing paint for painting fabrics, I usually just purchase red, yellow and blue, with white and black. Using these I am able to make any color I want there are only a few times I would purchase secondary colors to make the process go faster.
Next we have secondary colors. Secondary colors are made by mixing equal parts of primary colors. Mixing red and blue makes violet, while mixing red and yellow makes orange. Mixing yellow and blue results in green. Secondary colors are less strong than primaries, but they are more pleasing when mixed with white to make a tint.
And last, but not least we have tertiary colors. Tertiary colors are formed by mixing two secondary colors. For instance, combining green and orange make a wheat color, while orange and violet make brick. Tertiary colors are sophisticated and add great variety to a color scheme.
That’s part one done. I look forward to sharing more about color with you.
Download the pdf here.