Using Complements to Create Depth and Control Saturation

Saw this blog post by, great explanation of colour blending and complimentary colours, I just had to reblog

On the Easel

Complements are opposite each other on the color wheel, the complement pairs are red and green, orange and blue, yellow and purple. The following example is another way to remember it by visualizing how the colors are made.


Primary colors are yellow, red and blue. Let’s pretend that you can make all the colors in the world with these three colors. When you want an orange, you mix red and yellow. When you want a green, you mix yellow and blue. When you want a purple, you mix red and blue. To make complements you need to remember these three primaries: red, yellow and blue.

To find the complement of blue, ask yourself which of the three primary colors are missing? Answer: red and yellow. When you combine red and yellow you get orange, so orange is the complement of blue. Let’s check the other colors. Start with green. What…

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About REcreate-RebeccaEvansCreate

My name is Rebecca Evans, living in the New Forest I have been inspired to paint the many animals often seen around me. Having ridden since Childhood, painting equines was a natural path to follow. I use a variety of media, watercolour, oil, charcoal, pastel,inks, plus a few more, infact I will try most things. Choosing the medium to work with can really change the effect of the art, and therefore the character of the animal. Sometimes it is an instant decision, sometimes it is the mood from within me which determines which medium I choose to use. I never know what might inspire me next, but if it’s hairy, I will be sure to try.
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