Sunday, August 26, 2012


A Triadic color scheme is made up of three colors that are found an equal distance apart on the color wheel. The three primaries are a triad, as are the three secondaries. But don't stop there! In the example below, done by Geri Greenman, three intermediate colors have been used (red-orange, blue-violet, and yellow-green).
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Triads are equidistant on the color wheel.

Complementary color scheme, like the one below, uses the two colors that, uh, complement each other! They are pairs of colors found opposite each other on the color wheel. Below, the intermediate red-violet is complemented by yellow-green. 
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This example of color harmony was done in gouache.

 An artwork done in warm colors reminds us of fire and sunshine.
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Now for the contest portion of our program: If you're a follower of this blog, kindly leave a comment below this post if you wish to win a brand-new copy of the latest issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine! It's the September/October 2012 issue with my essay!

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  1. Handling colour well is always a challenge, appreciate the tips and insights. Would love to win the mag :-)

  2. Woohoo!!! I'm a follower! Would love to win a copy of the mag! Please put my name in the hat! Hugs! deb

  3. Hi Paula: The complimentary color scheme is my fav, with fuchsia and lime being my fav colors. The triadic scheme is particularly vibrant, isn't it? "Cloth, Paper & Scissors" mag is so lovely and extravagant. I'm sure I'd enjoy reading your essay. Have a great day!

  4. I love inspirational magazines! What a lovely offer! Usually I'm a fan of blue, but I am drawn to the yellow and orange piece this morning.

  5. My thanks go to Sandi and Jinxxy with my apologies for not having more copies of the magazine to send you. Please do try again with another contest, since I have them fairly often.

  6. Hello,

    I found your site by way of the mixed media site and have to tell ya--I love it--it is so fun!! I became a follower so that I can pop in often.



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