Choosing a color palette can be one of the most difficult decisions when completing a needle art project. What colors go best together? Do these colors work well together? Would my friend like these colors? This post addresses the basics of selecting a color scheme for your yarn creations with the help of the color wheel.
Within the color theory, one of the common concepts utilized is the color wheel. The color wheel is an arrangement of colors, helping you identify color patterns and allowing you to select the colors that go well together. Before we can arrange a harmonic color scheme, we must learn the basics of the color wheel and the color theory.
Three parts of the color wheel are…
Primary Colors – There are three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. All other colors are derived from these three in some way!
Secondary Colors – There are three secondary colors: green (yellow + blue), orange (yellow + red), and purple (blue + red). They lie between the primary colors and are derived from the primary colors on each side of them.
Tertiary Colors – There are six tertiary colors: yellow/orange, orange/red, red/purple, purple/blue, blue/green, and green/yellow. These colors are derived from primary and secondary colors.
The colors on the color wheel are identified as hues. A hue is any color on the color wheel. The hue can be altered by tint, tone, and shade, which creates a whole new color or look!
Tint – A tint is derived from adding white to any of the hues, making it lighter and less intense.
Tone – Toning a hue is adding both black and white to it, making it less saturated and less intense.
Shade – Shading is adding black to a hue, making it more intense and darker.
Let’s create color harmony by selecting what colors go well together by looking at the color wheel. The following arrangements provide best results when trying to determine what colors best go together for a color scheme.
What’s next? Creating your beautiful colors palettes of course! Got any ideas? Comment with your color palette ideas!
“Basic Color Theory” by Color Matters: http://www.colormatters.com/color-and-design/basic-color-theory
“Hues, Tints, Tones, and Shades: What’s the Difference?” by Craftsy: http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/05/hues-tints-tones-and-shades/
”The Ultimate Color Combinations Cheat Sheet” by Bright Side: http://brightside.me/article/the-ultimate-color-combinations-cheat-sheet-92405/