Create a color wheel with the primary, secondary and tertiary color represented. This may seem like an easy assignment but it is far more complex than it first appears.

Primary Colors: Not all primary paints are created equal. You may need to “modify” your primary colors to express them in their richest form. Remember this is a visual assignment make the colors look their best, don’t just trust your paint tube label.

Secondary colors: These should be mixed colors. A straight out of the tube secondary is not the same as a mixed secondary. Your mixed paints should look like a fifty percent mix of the two primarys. However, some pigments have different mixing strengths so mixing fifty percent of each primary probably won’t work. These should look like secondaries, not tertiaries.

Tertiary: These should look like a fifty/fifty mix of a primary and a secondary, but it’s not going to be that simple. You will have to mix several versions to find the right one.

Process: Create 1.5×1.5 inch (approximate) chips of paint on bristol board. These can be arranged in whatever fashion you want, but they should all visually “flow” properly, each color looking like a midpoint of the two adjacent colors.

Readings: Color (Zelanski/Fisher): Chapter 2 Color Basics  or  Color Basics (Pentack/Roth: p. 16-25)









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