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How do you use a color blending chart?

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An elementary color blending chart contains 12 pure colors arranged in order of how they were derived from one another. The chart is in the shape of a wheel and gives a visual guide of how to blend each color.

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The 12 colors on the color blending chart are classified in into three categories. The first category is the primary colors: red, yellow and blue. All of the other colors on the blending chart originate from a mixture of these three colors.

The next category is the secondary colors: violet, green and orange. Secondary colors are produced from an equal blend of two primary colors and are arranged on the chart in between the two primary colors that create them. Violet is made from a mixture of blue and red; orange is made from a mixture of red and yellow; green is made from a mixture of yellow and blue.

The third category is the intermediate colors. There are six intermediate colors produced by blending a primary color with the secondary color next to it. For instance, yellow-orange is created by blending the primary color yellow with the secondary color orange. This means that starting at yellow and travelling around the chart toward red will show the colors in this order: yellow, yellow-orange, orange, red-orange and red. From red to blue will be arranged as: red, violet-red, violet, blue-violet and blue. Completing the circle from blue to yellow, the colors will be arranged as: blue, green-blue, green, yellow-green and yellow.

Tertiary colors and the quaternary colors are not shown on a basic color wheel. Tertiary colors are produced from an equal blend of two different secondary colors. Quaternary colors, the most complex, are formed from a blend of any two tertiary colors.

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