top of page

Colour Theory - in watercolour

Demonstration of 6 colour theories in watercolour.

For this project you will need:

  • Watercolour paints (at least 6 colours Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple)

  • Small round brush size 6-8

  • Watercolour paper 300gsm

  • pencil

This project should take between 30 - 60 minutes.

Colour wheel – I used only 6 colours

Primary – Red, Yellow and Blue.

Secondary – Orange, Green and Purple.


You may want to make more distinctions to your colour wheel see:

click on images to enlarge.

Monochrome – different shades of one colour

Analogous – colours next to each other on the colour wheel

Triadic – 3 colours equally distant on the colour wheel

Complementary – 2 opposite colours

Split Complementary – 2 colours next to each other and 1 opposite colour

Tetradic – 4 colours equally spaced on the colour wheel

Quick Draw version:

Share what you create after watching this video, on the 'Student Chatroom'

I can't wait to see your artwork!

Follow me on social media: @artwithtricia


bottom of page