How to Make a Color Wheel

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To make a color wheel, divide a circle into twelve equal parts and use the primary colors yellow, red and blue to create secondary and tertiary colors in chromatic order. Create a color wheel to use as reference for future projects with a demonstration from a professional artist in this free video on art.

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Hello, my name is Matt Cail, of homepaintings.biz, and today we're going to cover how to create a color wheel, a wonderful tool for you to help add to your art. All right, I have a flat panel of piece of canvas here and a black pen. What I'm going to start off doing for our color wheel is drawing a really rough circular shape. Not important, doesn't have to be perfect. It's actually not the point of this exercise. What I'm also going to do is I'm going to start separating it out where I'm going to have twelve slices getting you know so this is just really, really rough. Doesn't have to be perfect, but now we have a twelve slice pie. Gonna' put my pen away, and here is where things start to get fun. I've already have some yellow, blue, and red paint. You can use any paint for this. I prefer acrylic because it's faster drying. And what I'm going to start to do is put down some yellow right here on our canvas. And the next what you're going to do is you're going to take that yellow, and you're going to mix in some red with it; just a little bit of red, and you're going to put that up here. Next, you're going to have even more red. You can see where we're going with this. Each color going around the horn here is going to be progressively more red at least going this direction. Then the next color is predictably going to be nice brilliant red. So far we've focused on our red and yellow which we've made various shades of orange. Now we're going to go over to our blue, and taking a little dab of blue with our brush going to bring it back over here, and then start to color mix with it, and you're going to see very fast you're going to get a red purplish color. It's going to result from mixing the red and the blue. Now, we're going to take this red-purple; put it over here next to the red. Then we go back again, and unlike last time we're going to have even more blue in our purple, so this is going to be more of the true purple that you think of when you think of purple. The nice thing about this is you only need three colors to make all the other ones, and that's red, yellow, and blue. Combinations in mixing those come up with all the other colors in the spectrum. Now, from the purple we're going to keep goin' with the blue, and we're going to make even stronger blue-purple colors, and then add those in here right next to our purple. Notice how I'm not worried about being right on the edges all the time. That's not really the point. The point is to get like a nice wonderful kaleidoscope of colors all throughout our color wheel. Then we start going for more of this of a straight traditional blue. If you start noticing that the colors are too similar it means that you're mixing. You don't have enough of a pigment. As you can see here the two blues are definitely very, very different. Now, we're going to take our blue color and add in some yellow, and combining yellow and blue gets wonderful shades of green. We're going to have this be heavier on the blue at first; we're going to have more of a blue-green color. All right, so let's add in our blue-green color here, color of ocean waves. Well, at least oftentimes, depending on your sky. Put that in there and we go back for more, and this time we're going to add in more yellow to get more of a traditional green, green, green effect. And if I think, again, these colors are too close I'll just go back, I'll swipe some more yellow, and I'll come back and I'll have more of that demarcation between the colors that I want. I often notice that people who make color wheels they do real quick, real quick mixes that aren't really much in the way of straight lines. Seems they're actually squares throughout. Now, we're going to keep going with our green. We're going to keep adding in more and more yellow to where we're going to get more of a greenish yellow; a very, very green yellow there. The last piece of our color wheel pie is pure unadulterated yellow. Unlike our earlier yellows there's no red involved in this, just one of the primary colors. And that completes your color wheel. You can see how it takes advantages of yellow, blue, and red, and all the other colors come from combinations of those colors. Thanks for watching. I'm Matt Cail, of homepaintings.biz, and I hope you've enjoyed our color wheel demonstration today to help enhance your art.

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