Hi everyone, Keren here with you today to talk about colour. You might remember the fun we had a while back creating our own colour wheels and exploring some colour theory. If you've not seen it, do check out the post and also the Facebook video. We have blank colour wheels in the PaperArtsy People Facebook group if you'd like to download and have a go for yourself.
Here's a watercolour painting using the same colour trio.
You're going to see some really interesting Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics schemes over this topic. Here's one of them. It'll hopefully give you an idea of non-typical schemes as most you'll find online will often have the CMY (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) combo. Here's using some colours you may have in your craft stash.
Magenta - Bright
Main Colour: Magenta (Orchid Fresco Finish)
Complements: Green Gold, Turquoise
Type: Classic, Bright
Created from Frescos: Orchid, Banana, China
Blue - Pastel
Main Colour: Blue (FF Mermaid)
Complements: Apricot, Rustic Pink
Type: Classic, Pastel
Created from Frescos: Mermaid, Vanilla, Cherry Blossom
Main Colour: Soft Green
Complements: Salmon Orange, Pink Purple
Type: Twist - unusual grey-blue softens the entire wheel
Created from Frescos: Lemon Meringue, Prawn, Glacier Ice
I won't go through all of the colour combinations that you're about to see on the blog, but I wanted to talk about the fact that you can tweak the standard formula for creating split complementary colours. We've already shown that it is a uniform 'triangle' from the base colour to colours directly adjacent to the complementary one (opposite to the base colour.) What if we take one step either way? If you spread the triangle so you have three spaces of colour between each segment at the bottom of the triangle, you'll end up with a triadic scheme. But allowing two spaces by shifting one extra to the right or left ?