Color Theory pt. 2

So, I’ve dropped the ball at keeping up with regular posts aaand I promised a pt. 2 to my last post on Color Theory. Since I laid the foundation in pt. 1, this one is going to be short and sweet!

As I had mentioned in my last post, I will be going over Analogous Colors and Color Polygons.

Analogous Colors simply put, are colors that are closely related on the color wheel and for this reason are considered to work well together.

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Looking at the chart above we can see how analogous colors work identically to how we assess values when we evaluate levels of light and dark in say a black and white photograph.

The picture below demonstrates:

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See how wonderfully the four analogous colors work to create realistic shadows and highlights for a sunset scene? The effect of using this technique of combining colors is a serene and harmonious.

Color Polygons

The color relationship in a polygon is quite different. They are triads based on where colors are geometrically on the color wheel.


You probably recognize the first example on the top left as the infamous primary colors!

The above triads are the four combinations of polygons you get from a 12 color wheel. Theory goes, that when you use a triad to create a painting, typically one color is chosen to be more dominant in order to create a well balanced and pleasing piece.

See the excellent example below:


Pretty simple and straight forward right? I’ll be having fun giving these techniques a whirl with my ribbons!

What about you? I’d love to hear about your craft projects and how you could incorporate these techniques.

Ciao xo







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