Sunday, October 26, 2008

Complementary colours

Welcome back to the scraploot blog.
This week I'm going to be talking about the Colour wheel and in particular complementary colours.
You probably remember painting a colour wheel at school, mixing paint to fill the little pieces of the pie, Colour wheels are basically an organization of colour hues around a circle.Here is an example of a colour wheel, this is a fairly basic example and there are hundreds on the net for you to choose from.

Lets start with the Primary colours (red, blue, yellow) 3 colours that cannot be made from other colours.

Secondary colours are formed by mixing primary colours (green, orange, purple).

Tertiary colours are made by mixing a primary colour with its adjacent secondary colour.

In Scrapbooking or art and design certain colour schemes are pleasing to the eye, they create balance, harmony and order. For example Analagous colours- 3 colours which sit side by side on a colour wheel. Complementary colours -Any 2 colours that sit opposite each other on a colour wheel(blue/orange - green/pink - purple/yellow). These colours when put side by side contrast with each other.

When creating layouts with complementary colours you can choose to use either coloured photos if the colours fit, for example;

Keys- Using the basic grey offbeat range of papers here and American craft creaming soda foam thickers here

However you can change your photos to black and white allowing any colour scheme to be used, for example;

looking coit ( A term of indearment my husband uses to describe my son's backside) - Using Teresa Collins Boardwalk beach towel paper here and American Craft rootbeer float vinyl thickers here
I hope you have learnt a little bit more about colour schemes and utilise these when creating your next layout or when you want to try something a little bit different.


sheree said...

oh great info kim.. tfs this with us.. and i love those pages you have done...

take care

Kylie said...

Love your blog entry Kim!! great to have a play with colour combo's!!......gorgeous lo's also!!

Kylie x