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Colour Theory - in watercolour

Demonstration of colour theory 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.


-red-orange-yellow-green-blue-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!


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