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Color Wheel: the Tertiary Colors
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A Basic Color Wheel

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Color Wheel: the Tertiary Colors

Tertiary colors complete the colors shown on this version of a simple color wheel. Tertiary colors are created by combining equal parts of the primary and secondary colors that are closest to their sides:

  • Yellow-green: mix equal parts of yellow and green
  • Yellow-orange: mix equal parts of yellow and orange
  • Red-orange: mix equal parts of orange and red
  • Red-violet: mix equal parts of red and violet
  • Blue-violet: mix equal parts of blue and violet
  • Blue-green: mix equal parts of blue and green

Quilting Fabrics in the Real World

The type of color wheel we're using displays pure colors, but most of the quilting fabrics you'll use will most likely be altered versions of pure colors.

  • Shades are created by adding varying amounts of black to a color to make it darker.
  • Tones are created when gray is added to colors, resulting in colors that are less intense versions of their pure versions.
  • Tints are created by adding white to a pure color to make it lighter.


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