Color Theory: Mixing Paint Colors : Color Theory: What Are Tertiary Colors?

Color Theory: Mixing Paint Colors : Color Theory: What Are Tertiary Colors?


The tertiary colors are what you get when
you mix a primary and a secondary together, one and two make three. So, I’m going to make
a yellow-orange to fit in here, so I’ve got my orange, going to add a little bit more
yellow to it, and a lot of times this comes under, you might find this as a listed as
a deep cadmium yellow. But see, it’s kind of a tangerine; we have a color that’s in
between the yellow and the the orange. Then we’re going to do the same over here. So I’m
going to add to some red to that, because that’s basically, sort of what I’m looking
at here, and I think, let’s see, okay. You could see it’s more orange than that, and
it’s darker than this. Okay, we’ve got our red-violet, which is mixing red with violet,
so my violet here needs more red. And of course what happens too is as soon as you mix yellow
with anything, you’re going to darken the yellow; I mean it’s sort of instantaneous.
My red is kind of weak, I think.

One Comment

  • mymonaro2008 says:

    I am planning Art lessons for my students with regard to colour mixing, using paint. I have found on the net conflicting information with regard to tertiary and intermediate colours. Some sources state they are the same, other sources define them differently, some sources only define one term and not the other. I need a definite definition.

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