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Coloured Cabins - the Primaries become the Secondaries

We know that there are 3 Primary colours - RED, YELLOW and BLUE, but what happens when we start to mix these colours together?

Let's back up a little bit and look at the following colour wheel image. Print this Colour Wheel worksheet page as many times as you want and play along with me.

12 step colour wheel blank
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So, we know there are 3 primary colours: Red, Yellow and Blue. Go through your stash and glue small pieces of fabrics in these colours in 3 spaces.

Start with a single piece of each colour fabric. You'll want to evenly space the sections. I always start with Red at the top, then skip 3 sections working clockwise and glue in some Yellow. Skip another 3 sections clockwise and add some Blue. If you don't want to use fabrics from your stash try some crayons or paints. They will all work. You can always refine your colours at a later date and start over.

Once you've glued in these fabrics you'll have 3 spaces between each of the 3 Primaries. Now we are going to add some Secondary coloured fabrics.

Mix a RED and a YELLOW and you get ORANGE. Find some orange, any orange will do at this point. You can fine tune later. Glue a piece of ORANGE into the middle of the 3 spaces between RED and YELLOW

Mix a YELLOW and a BLUE and you get GREEN. Find a GREEN fabric and glue it into the middle of the 3 spaces between YELLOW and BLUE.

Mix a BLUE and a RED and you get PURPLE. Finally, grab some PURPLE fabric. Glue it into place between the BLUE and RED sections.

These COLOURS or HUES are known as the SECONDARY colours. When we combine 2 PRIMARY colours we get a SECONDARY colour. I like to think of these as the 6 BASIC COLOURS. You may find that there may be holes in some of these SECONDARY colours. You'll probably have a huge amount of one or two COLOURS and have none of at least one of the 6 BASIC COLOURS

For me, I have NO YELLOW fabric. I've recently worked on a quilt and had to shop twice for yellows. I've got lots of BLUE. BLUE in all different values, lights, mediums and darks.

Continue to play with these Basic 6 Colours. Add more fabric pieces of each colour and see how your colour wheel grows.

In the next post, we'll talk about TERTIARY COLOURS


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