So today we are going to be working with our colour wheels. You may remember a few weeks back we created our own version using comma strokes.
To find complimentary colours, simply look at opposite ends of the wheel. When you put two complimentary colours side by side, they intensify each other.
Red and green, purple and yellow and orange and blue.
By picking two opposites you are creating and working with a 'Complimentary colour scheme' but it doesn't end there...
If you think your colours are too bright, you can tone them down by mixing the two complimentary colours together. This will mean you are neutralising the colours.
By adding a touch of red to bright green (top right) you tone it down (creating the green in the bottom right corner).
Similarly, adding a touch of green gives you a darker red.
This works with all complimentary colours.
As well as our complimentary colour schemes, you can create a monochrome colour scheme as we have already seen. Choose one colour (we used violet but you can choose any colour family - blue, red or orange etc) Add black and white to create your monochrome palette.
For this piece, we used a complimentary colour scheme - red and green. These colour schemes include all variations after all, pink is still from the red colour family.
You can also create a complimentary colour scheme using burgundy and green. Still from the red family, the burgundy creates a more vibrant look.
HOMEWORK: take two complimentary colours and use them to paint a design.
Go one step further and add black/white to these colours to create tones and tints and create more colour schemes.
I hope you feel inspired to play around with your own colour schemes after learning a bit more colour theory. We look forward to seeing some of your work.
Love Carol x