Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How Do You Choose Colours to Accompany Orange-Yellow?

How do you choose colours to accompany a 'mother colour'?
In this case it is a long, narrow antique cabinet door painted golden that I am painting a floral on. I thought I would share with you how I go about choosing a colour palette. You may have your own ideas and I would love to hear about them. Joen Wolfrom's 3in1 Color Tool is shown in the photos.

Watercolour Painting - Clothesline Series: 'Kaslo Campground' is off to it's new owner!
A complementary colour scheme was used primarily here with much of the painting having  a variety of greens along with the pop of the red here and there.

Antique cabinet door

Identifying the colour. 23-5 on the orange-yellow colour swatch. It shows it having some white added to the pure colour.

Complementary colour scheme.

Triadic Colour Scheme. Note the three colours that have the number 5. 25-5, 15-5, and 7-5. They all have white added to them. Wouldn't they be lovely in a quilt. Amounts of each colour? The 'daddy bear', 'momma bear', 'baby bear' guideline works for me. Have mostly one colour with a medium amount of another colour and a small amount of the last colour.

The Orange-yellow is central and for a harmonious colour scheme the colour on either side of it are added. 5 colours makes a nice combination so two others in succession could be added.

Split complementary identifies the colour opposite on the colour wheel which is the central blue. Leaving it out, the 2 blues on either side could be included.

This is the colour scheme I have choosen, a harmonious run of 6 colours that are side by side on the colour wheel. Note that the yellow and chartreuse, when black or grey is added, give a variety of greens.  

Can you see the new green-gold tube of Golden's acrylic paint? I can't wait to try it!
I best put blogging aside and get started. How do you choose your colours? Many people describe using an intuitive style and some people say their spouse picks out the colours!


Win Dinn, Artist said...

Very clear post, Eileen, and I love the photos with the explanation. And you're going to LOVE that green gold...I can't get enough of it!

Gloria said...

I love the 3 bears description....I will for sure put that in my "colour toolbox"!

Thank You!

HollyM said...

What a wonderful watercolor! You are so organized with your Color approach. I have the tools and think they're great, and that I must use them. Then when I go to do a project, I forget all about it and do my own thing, and not always to the best results.
I work most often by tuition with my knowledge working in the background. You know how that goes.

Laura Leeder said...

Congratulations on your sale Wileen!

I like to make these strips with my paint colours. You've reminded me that I need to do so again adding my new colour tubes.

I can't wait to see the finished door!

MoMents said...

Beautiful Eileen and as Laura and Holly said, so clear in describing your process.