Colour Wheels – Mixing Guide


A guide to mixing colours for amateurs as well as professionals. Colour Wheels are tools that teach colour relationships by organising colours in a circle, so they can be visualized how they relate to each other. The  abstract illustrative organization of colour hues around a circle is an effective aid to understand the relationships between primary colours, secondary colours or tertiary colours.

The 12-colour wheel is a common structuring of hues that is based in paint and light and is hence popular with artists as well as photographers.

  • Teaching aid to learn how to mix secondary colours by using the 3 primary colours
  • Available in small and large colour wheels
  • Includes instructions on how to use
  • Features: Primary Colour Mixtures, Secondary Colour Mixtures, Tertiary Colour Mixtures, Tints and Tones, Warm and Cool Colours, Hue, Value, Intensity, Shade, Gray Scale, Harmonious Colour Schemes: Monochromatic, Analogous, Complimentary.
  • Size:  Small- 13cm; Large – 23,5cm


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The renown mathematician Sir Isaac Newton invented the first colour wheel. While studying white light reflecting off prisms, he noticed that the light reflected a spectrum of colours.

Background on Colour Theory:

In the visual arts,  colour theory is a body of practical guidance to colour mixing and the visual effects of a specific colour combination. There are also definitions (or categories) of colours based on the colour wheel: Primary colour, Secondary colour and Tertiary colour.  Although colour theory principles first appeared in the writings of Leone Battista Alberti  (c. 1435) and the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (c. 1490), a tradition of “colour theory” began in the 18th century, initially within a partisan controversy over Isaac Newton’s theory of colour (Opticks, 1704) and the nature of Primary colours. From there it developed as an independent artistic tradition with only superficial reference to colourimetry and vision science (Wikipedia).

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