Variations of Colour:
- The Primary colours are the colours from which all other colours are made. These are red, yellow and blue.
- Secondary colours are the colours that are produced by combining equal amounts of pairs of primary colours. These colours are green, orange and violet.
- Tertiary colours are made from equal amounts of primary and secondary colours. For example; red-violet, blue-green and red-orange.
- Monochromatic: Multiple shades of the same colour
- Complimentary: Colours that fall on the opposite sides of the colour wheel.
- Harmonious: Colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel.
- Neutral: Colours that aren’t featured on the colour wheel (e.g black, white, etc).
- Warm: Colours located on the right side of the colour wheel.
- Cool/Cold: Colours located on the left side on the colour wheel.
Individual colours and their suggestive meaning within visual art:
- Red – war, passion, love, sex, danger and desire.
- Orange – creativity, happiness and determination
- Yellow – joy, happiness, intellect and energy
- Green – snature, growth and fertility
- Blue – depth, stability, wisdom, faith and confidence.
- Purple – stability, royalty, independence, mystery and magic.
- White – purity, virginity, innocence and goodness.
- Black – power, elegance, formality, death and evil.
Every colour on the colour wheel has a variation of meanings