How to make your own color wheel


color circle

The color wheel (or color circle) is a tool that allows designers to find interesting color schemes. 

You can paint your own color wheel while the process will help you understand the relationships between the colors.

Step 1: Print the following shape on a sketch paper 

color wheel



Step 2: You can use several paints like gouache, tempera, water color or acrylic. More specifically, you'll need:

- Two different blues (a cold blue and a warm blue)

warm cold blue

- Two different reds (a cold red and a warm red)

cold warm red

- Two different yellows (a cold yellow and a warm yellow)

warm cold yellow

- A black

- A white 

Step 3: The segments in the inner ring have white added to the colours. The segments in the outer ring have black added.

Start the color wheel by adding the primary colors (red, blue, yellow) and then the secondary (orange, green, purple). 

 color wheel instructions

color cicle inner outer segment


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