How To Pick A Limited Colour Palette
If you are a ScrawlrBox subscriber, you will be used to to making the most of a limited palette. Creating with a limited palette means that you of choose 3-5 colours that work together to create the widest range of tones on the spectrum.
With a Complimentary colour scheme we are using four colours that are at opposite ends of the colour spectrum. So in this case Green vs pink and Blue vs orange. The four of them make the opposite stand out.This creates a dramatic effect that can be used to draw the viewer's attention to a particular object.
An analogous palette is ideal for beginners who want to start mixing colours. Analogous colour schemes use colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel. When used together, these colours create a pleasing harmony. This scheme is often used in nature, creating a serene and calming effect. Analogous colours can also be used to create more vibrant compositions, by adding a bright accent colour.
The triadic palette is a more advanced colour scheme that requires balance. Triadic schemes are created by selecting three colours from the colour wheel to form a perfect triangle. This type of colour scheme is best used sparingly to add visual interest to a design. It is important to use tones that have the same value and intensity to ensure a harmonious look.
A Monochromatic palette is one of the more fun schemes to pick because it revolves around one main colour, then you pick varying shades of that colour. Not only does it encourages you to use more subtle graduations but more seamless and unique tones are created. You can add accent colours to the scheme to give highlights or shading.Example painting:
Top Tip: Make sure you swatch the colour side by side. If you’re unsure try testing how they mix to see what shades and tones you can make.