The Color Wheel
By Nancy March 6th, 2013
Isaac Newton invented the color wheel in 1666. I have had the same color wheel for almost 20 years. Why get a new one, the information doesn’t change. I keep it by my desk and read the definitions and study it every so often.
Primary Colors: Red, yellow, and blue. These colors cannot be mixed from any other colors.
Secondary Colors: Two primary colors mixed together to make orange, green, and violet.
Tertiary Colors (Intermediate Colors): One primary and one secondary mixed together, like blue-green.
Warm Colors: Reds, oranges, and yellows. Warm colors advance.
Cool Colors: Greens, blues, and violets. Cool colors recede.
Hue: Another word for color.
The next three words are mixed up all the time:
Tint: Color plus white.
Tone: Color plus gray.
Shade: Color plus black.