Advanced Colors

As the color wheel turns we go in depth on new color names and color schemes. We hope it brightens your day!



We started with the color basics, let’s face it, you made it
This far for a reason, now itchin’ and you’re racin’
To learn more and more so let’s review:
It starts with yellow, red, and blue

Yes it’s elementary, three colours: Primary
One: yellow, Two: blue, Three: red like strawberry
All the other colours come from these three yo
But you need to learn more to BE a true color hero

Now level two, here’s what you do:
You mix red and blue, red and yellow, yellow and blue
Three new colors called Secondary
One: orange, Two: purple, Three: green like a tree

So now we have a nice color wheel of six then
But what happens if we mix them again?
Each color with each color beside them
BAM! New colors! It’s not scary
Level three: these new colors are called Tertiary

Keep on starin’ with your eyes, learn the names, memorize
Tertiary colors, from the top, clockwise
Red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green
blue-purple, red-purple, now we’re back at the beginning

And if those names are boring, they got other names too
Like amber, vermilion, teal, and chartreuse
Violet, magenta, let’s all raise our voices
Say new color names, now look at the choices!

Look at the choices:


The color wheel’s grown bigger it’s expanding
Just like your mind, it’s demanding that you learn more
About color schemes are you ready?
Opposite colors on the wheel are called: Complementary

Whoa! Complementary did you say?
These are the colors that are furthest away
From each other on the wheel, but they clash
When together, some call it contrast

You want some examples to see what it means?
If you want to be seen just try wearing red in a forest of green
Don’t hide a purple monster in an all-yellow town
And emphasize this orange with a blue background!

Let’s keep moving on, no this ain’t the end
We are going to take a look at colors that blend
Nice together, now back to the wheel let’s discuss
Colors that are close together called: Analogous

So you take colors that are side by side, one and two and three
We got green, and teal, and blue, and these
Analogous colours please the eye
Create visual harmony, let’s try:
How about yellow-orange and orange and red-orange this time
I know oranges don’t rhyme, but you can combine
Them all together and you got a fire! So sweet to stare at:
You’re getting mesmerized by these colours but we ain’t done yet!
No we ain’t done yet!

Moving right along with the song, one more thought then that’s it.
There’s another color scheme we call: Monochromatic
Mono means one and chromatic means color
Sound too simple, don’t worry, you can use other
Values: Combine it with any tones, tints, and shades
What’s all that? It means black, white, and greys
Yeah values, and we got another whole song concerning
That, but for now you should just concentrate on learning



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