Each time we've looked at the Colour Wheel and some of the main colour groupings or schemes, it's really brought out the best in our bloggers and indeed, has often challenged them out of their colour comfort zone. If you're new here, or missed the previous two, we first looked at Complementary schemes where Leandra introduced the PaperArtsy paintable Colour Wheel and then a few months later, the Split Complementary scheme was explored. Leandra's video showing the paint-along (which was enormous fun and reminds me that I need to do it again) is well worth a watch (or a re-watch).
Because we've linked to that video a few times, I thought I'd add a video for those of us who love visuals, and this artist (Dr. Oto Kano) explains the basic triad combinations plus adding in some of the other schemes, but references them really helpfully as different types of triangles.
So, what is the Triadic colour scheme? It's a simple one; 3 colours, equally spaced apart on the colour wheel. Now you can play with that spacing, creating quite different palettes.
Triadic colours, 3 spaces apart
Let's start with the most obvious, easily recognisable and often-used type of triad: the equidistant scheme or any colours with 3 colours in between them and the next colour in the trio. The three colours of this triad are obviously balanced: they are nicely distinct without being actual opposites, creating of a soft contrast.
So how does it look in the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish world?
You can start by thinking of the Triadic scheme as a 'primary' scheme as the primaries on a colour wheel are an equidistant triad. The basic Magenta, Yellow and Cyan are a perfect example as you can see below.
Of course, from our first Colour Study topic, we have encouraged you to get creative with your choice of 'primaries' when creating colour wheels. For example, Liesbeth Fidder De Vos had a post back in June when we were looking at Split Complementary schemes and began her explorations using these gorgeous colours on the Colour Wheel which marks an earthy toned Triad. Still following the Red/blue/yellow 'guidelines' but with a completely different feel!
Here's another one, this time using Cherry Red, Butter & Shutters; a cleaner yet softer group.
How's this piece of patterning for an orange, violet and green scheme?
If you're wanting to watch some art demonstrations- this artist goes through several of the main colour scheme groupings. This is such a beautifully harmonious piece.
You can also try to replace one of the primaries by a grey or a very light or dark colour. You can also 'shift' one of your primaries: using green instead of blue, or purple instead of red. The possibilities are endless and a great way to discover and try new and different colour combinations.