Color Wheel

The color wheel is a VERY important tool for Artists to use when painting. It serves as a great reference-especially for unexperienced painters.

Primary Colors

The primary colors are Red, Yellow, and Blue. These colors are the base of all other colors, but no other color combinations can make these. They are equal distance apart on the color wheel.

Secondary Colors

Secondary colors are made by mixing two primary colors. They are composed of Orange (Yellow + Red), Green (Blue + Yellow), and Violet (Blue + Red).

Intermediate Colors

Intermediate colors are made when you mix a primary and a secondary color that are next to each other on the color wheel. (The name of the primary color are always listed first, followed by the intermediate color they are mixed with). These colors are: Yellow-Orange (Yellow + Orange), Red-Orange (Red + Orange), Red-Violet (Red + Violet), Blue-Violet (Blue + Violet), Blue-Green (Blue + Green), and Yellow-Green (Yellow + Green).


When all colors on the color wheel are mixed, you will yield gray.