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Create a Colour Wheel!

Updated: Jun 3, 2020


We believe getting creative is good for you, during these turbulent times there is nothing better to do than pick up a paint brush, whether you are an artist or an accountant, old or young, there has been no better time to boost your spirits and sooth your soul.

Creating your own colour wheel gives everyone and anyone the opportunity to get creative. Simply download our template and our step by step instructions.

Learn and play with colours whilst creating something beautiful. (That you will probably want to frame after!)


Our downloadable by step instructions, labelled colour wheel and colour wheel template (see below)

(a printer to print these off)

A paintbrush

Red, yellow, blue and white paint


A paint palette (this can be a plate or any non porous surface)

Download all you need here -

PCD Colour Wheel
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CREATING COLOUR. A colour wheel is made up of 3 types of colours; Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. Learn how to mix and create these colours using our simple steps.

1. Paint in your primary colours - Red, Yellow and Blue

2. Mix and paint in light versions of these by adding white -

Red + White = Light Red

Yellow + White = Light Yellow

Blue + White = Light Blue

3. Mix and paint in your secondary colours - Red + Yellow = Orange Yellow + Blue = Green Blue + Red = Purple

4. Mix and paint in light versions of these by adding white -

Orange + White = Light Orange

Green + White = Light Green

Purple + White = Light Purple

5. Mix and paint your tertiary colours (using the secondary colours you have just mixed + your primary colours) -

Yellow + Green = Lime Green

Green + Blue = Turquoise

Blue + Purple = Indigo

Purple + Red = Magenta

Red + Orange = Marigold

Orange + Yellow = Amber

6. Mix and paint in light versions of these by adding white -

Lime Green + White = Light Lime Green

Turquoise + White = Light Turquoise

Indigo + White = Light Indigo

Magenta + White = Light Magenta

Marigold + White = Light Marigold

Amber + White = Light Amber

COLOUR HARMONIES. Once you have created your colour wheel you can use it to find colours that work well together. These colours are known as complementary, triadic and split complementary colours. This can come in handy when decorating your house, painting or even arranging flowers!

Complementary. Colours that are opposite each other, the high contrast creates an eye catching and vibrant colour scheme.

Split Complementry. A variation on complementary colours using a base colour and two secondary colours opposite, creating a more versatile scheme.


Colours evenly spaced around the colour wheel, these create vibrant colour schemes that are easier on the eye than complementary colours. 

Analog. Colours next to each other, create harmonious schemes pleasing to the eye.

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