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Quickie Color Wheels with a Limited Palette

teacher avatar Chris Carter, artist, illustrator and explorer

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3 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. SkillsQuickie Color Wheels Intro

    • 2. Quickie Color Wheels

    • 3. Quickie Color Wheel Bonus Lesson

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Learn to make a quick color wheel using a limited palette of only six pigments, a warm and cool of the three primary colors, yellow, blue and red.  Save time and paint by knowing the full range of colors available to you with the pigments you have chosen.  See how easy it is to paint a quick color wheel while urban sketching or painting en plein air.


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Chris Carter

artist, illustrator and explorer


Welcome to Skillshare. I'm Chris Carter.

I love exploring the world with pen and brush whether it be by land, sea or air! Here on Skillshare, in tiny bites, I present tips and techniques I've learned over a lifetime of sketching, drawing and painting. My classes are designed with two purposes in mind: to present tips and techniques that help you learn new skills and master current skills; and as quick reference for those of you who have attended one of my live workshops.

I create large, abstract watercolors and oil paintings in my studio.  When traveling, which I do for more than half the year, I work realistically, mostly in sketchbooks.  I sketch from reality daily to keep my eye, hand and brain coordination well-honed.See full profile

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1. SkillsQuickie Color Wheels Intro: Hi, I'm Chris Carter. And in this class on skill share, you will learn how to make very quick color wheels to determine what colors you could mix from a very limited palette of six colors. These will be the kinds of products that you're making, and depending on which colors you've Jews, your colors will have different. This is another color wheel that will be presented in this class. This class isn't so much about an end product, but about a learning technique in a way that you can learn far more about your pig moons about mixing colors and how, from a limited palette of only six pigments, you can make a full range of colors, and after doing a few of these, you'll be able to choose a little bit better. What kind of pigments to use in your paintings? I will be doing another class where I'm just working with three pigments in this one. I'm working with a warm and cool of each of the primary colors yellow, blue and red. In another skill share course I'll be working just with one primary beach, a yellow blue red. But in this one you get a full range off six pigments. A warm cool of each color. Enjoy. Have fun and save thes. Save these little cohen wheels that you're making mark down on the back which pigments you're using. And you can keep these on file so that you know all the time what colors you can get from certain pigments. You don't have to memorize anything. You just have to know where you pigment lies on the color wheel. So enjoy. This is a great way to learn mixing and to learn color. 2. Quickie Color Wheels: Welcome to another and mini bite lesson on skill share on Chris Carter. Today I'm going to show you how to make your own color wheel with the limited palette that you choose to use, and I suggest that you do this each time you change one of the colors in your limited palette so that you have a reference off the beautiful full color scale that you can create . I've chosen six pigments, a cool yellow, a warm yellow, a warm read, a cool red, a warm blue and a cool blue. And on another sheet of paper I've written down what those pigments are. My cool yellow isn't Aureole. In my warm yellow is a GAM bows. My warm red is a rose tirane. My cool red is a permanent magenta. My warm blue is not serene blue, and my cool blue is Joe's Blue, which is available first thing, and when you do is moisten my pigments, the's air all to pigments that have been squeezed into full pants. Now I have a bucket of water here. Andi, I used the three container one. Use any bucket of water. I have paper towels, and when I will now do his shift over to my sheet that I'm gonna make my color wheel. What I want to do is I want to line up my color wheel in the same way that my pigments are so my cool yellow, warm yellow, warm red, Cool, red Lauren blue cold of just paint in the pure version of each color, washing my brush off very carefully between and wiping on the paper towel so that I'm sure that it's clean. Doesn't matter which colors you use for your warms and cools as long as you choose from the category of being warm or cool. Andi. I have included a list of those pigments in the notes. Now the Rose Tirane is a pretty cool let, but it is warmer than the permanent magenta. It's not as the Rose Terrine is not as warm as as a cadmium red would be. I just want to show you that you can use any sorts of look see this permanent magenta leans toward blue. The rose terrine leads towards yellow, and that's what makes the we're simply going to begin with the cool yellow and working quite quickly around this way. Now blend these two moving around blew me to sink a little bit longer. I'm gonna blend the yellow into the blue rather than the blue into the yellow, because yellow changes so so quickly. If it starts to bleed over that way, you wanna wipe it up a little bit? You just want to see what the variety of hues are that you can get with these pigments. And that's pretty amazing, isn't it? And I wake up the extra so that I can see, but the colors truly are. So there you are. With the's six pigments, you can get all of these beautiful colors. And then, of course, you can get neutrals as you mix all three together. But I like to make a color wheel showing the actual, pure, beautiful Hughes that you can get as you're working with just six pigments, a warm and cool of each of the primaries. Thanks for watching. This is Chris Carter 3. Quickie Color Wheel Bonus Lesson: Here's a bit of a bonus lesson. Let's say you're out in the field. You're either doing some urban sketching or your own plan. Air in a field somewhere. You have your travel palette with you. You have your nesting water containers and you have some scraps of paper and you want to use the limited palate. But you're not really sure you didn't bring all your extra reference wheels with you. Anyone say, Okay, I forget what's possible or I just want to have a records of what's possible. But you probably have spray bottle instead of best. So here we go fray voice in our things. And he said, Okay, I'm going to use my story on my campos cadmium red light lissome crims in, um ultramarine blue and Joe's Blue. Okay, those are those are my standards, so I'll show you my standards. So I'm going to just start. Can I always start with my yellows at the top? It's the way that that I think I'm gonna make that nice and wet so that I can make my way around and brush. Ah, go into my jambos Hard to my read. And there again, I'm gonna bring the yellow into the red, not the red into the yellow. The failure was really, really strong. And then I'll go back into my yellow and bring my yellow around to the green and I go for information so I will adjust this tweet this. I want to see what kind of violets I get down here to, so I may bring this out of it to see what kind of violence I can't. That's a very quick out in the field color wheel with a limited palate. There's another step that you might like here are your pure colors. What about your neutral? So let's do it just a little bit in the reverse and put the yellow the cool yellow on that side, the warm yellow on this side. Hey, so then I'm going to have the cool red to mix with the cool yellow. So that means that I'm really adding a bit of blue into it more and then the warm red. Now the magic is about to happen to show you a neutralized violence. All right, now watch this reversed those two and look what happened doesn't turn into a violent at all. It turns into a brown. So now I'm working my way over here. What I have here now is my ultimate marine and my gambo. 02 very different color wheels from the same exact same pigments. This is all neutralized. And this is pure saturation. There will be another many class that goes into depth a little bit more depth in many bites of why this works the way it does. Just make sure when you want clean, clean colors that you go according to this arrangement. Cool, Yellow warm Your warm red Cool. Red, warm blue. Cool blue. Okay, what I did for this 2nd 1 is I reverse them. I'll go over this one more time. This is the way that I set up my palette When I'm working I have my cool yellow my warm yellow I have my warm red My cool rent Then I have my warm blew my cool blue This quick color wheel was made from this arrangement. In other words, my cool yellow My warm yard My warm red my cool red, My cool blue, My warm blue Hey, no! Over here I did the reverse instead of cool yellow, warm yellow I reverse them and I had cool yellow, their warm yellow there instead of warm red cool red. I had cool red, warm red instead of warm blue cool blue. I had cool blue, warm blue. The reason that I got a brown here instead of a purple is because in my warm red, there's a lot of yellow. Okay, it's closest to yellow. There's yellow in it. And what happens when you add yellow to purple? You end up neutralizing yellow. One purple er, compliments and yellow will knock out a lot of the purple, so you end up with brown. That's getting a little bit deeper than you probably want to right now, and that's for another course. But I had to mention it to plant the seed, because really color mixing is quite simple when you understand the sides behind it and the science behind it does not need to be complicated at all. It's about light. It's about the science of light, and that's why we see color in the first place. We live in a black and white world. We only see color because way that our eyes interpret lightwaves, so that's a science lesson and a very quick way to make yourself some fantastic color wheels from a limited palate wherever you are. Thanks for watching this Cris Carter on skills here.