The Brightest

Unfortunately I have lost the name of the lady who wrote the book  coining the name ‘octanics‘ for me, but i liked it and it stuck.

By mixing colours that are close together on the colour wheel you will get the brightest colours.

The further they are away from each other on the colour wheel the greyer or more neutral will be the result.

Basically all the colours on a colour wheel will lean towards (are biased) towards one or other primary.

A typical example of the blue side of the triangle is Ultramarine blue  leans towards red, another way to describe it would be to say it is a warmer blue, than say Pthalo blue which leans more towards green and yellow and could be decribed as being cooler.

warm cool colours

On the red side  Alizarin Crimson is cooler or leans more towards blue than Cadmium Red which is slighly yellower.

The results are thus:

Cadmium red is far from Pthalo Blue on the wheel = CR+Pth B = Greyish/Neutral  Purple

Alizarin Crimson is close to Ultramarine Blue = AC + UMB = Bright = OCTANIC PURPLE!

Make your own colour wheel to help memorise your own colour's positions on the wheel. Use 'handprints' colourwheel (although back to front compared with mine) below to find where your own colours lie in relation to each other on the wheel.

my colour wheel
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