tertiary colors

What are the tertiary colors? Let’s discover and find them

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The primary colors and the subtractive and additive color model (black and white) are essential to obtain all the shades. There would not be as many varieties, nor there secondary and tertiary colors. Before trying to make any, the first thing you need to have is the entire range of primaries along with black and white.

Primary colors are the best known, as they are basic for the elaboration of other colors. But what about the tertiaries?  If you want to know what the tertiary colors are and all the details that characterize them, we recommend this article.

What are tertiary colors?

The link between primary and tertiary colors is essential so that the latter can be made. And it is that the tertiary ones are the result of the combination between a primary and a secondary color. They are also predominant, as they have inspired painters and many other artists.

The infinity of tertiary colors makes them essential for understanding artistic productions, of course, without forgetting that they come from the mixture between primary and secondary colors. In other words, they are essential colors, but at the same time, they need a combination of other colors to existing.

What are tertiary colors – classification

After knowing what and what this category of colors is like, it is important to know what they are.

  • The sum of yellow and green results in pistachio green.
  • With the combination of orange and yellow, you will get an egg yellow.
  • The purple is the result of the mixture between violet and magenta.
  • The Indigo, one of the darker varieties of blue, is obtained by combining violet and cyan.
  • The mixture of green and cyan will allow you to obtain turquoise blue.

The infinity of tertiary colors prevents classifying them all, since, in practice, they are shades of color. Other examples are purplish red, blue-green, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-purplish, or red-orange.

It can be said that the colors are infinite because there is a huge range of mixtures and variations. Playing with the proportions in the combinations leads to several tones impossible to calculate. Therefore, it is more reasonable to speak of a color wheel with tertiary colors, because that way we can have them under control.

Chromatic circle

The color wheel represents the colors in order according to their hue. Primary as well as secondary and tertiary, are included. Therefore, it is important to know it, especially in the case of artists and other painting professionals to develop and refine their works.

In the chromatic circle the colors are also represented staggered or graduated, giving rise to two types of color wheels:

The traditional wheel is known as the RYG model and was elaborated by Goethe in the book “Theory of Colors.” It is a circle that contains 6 colors: red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, and green.

Natural circle: The colors that make up the segment belonging to natural light are distributed on a wheel. In this circle, there are represented up to 12 different colors with their shades.

How to make tertiary colors with paint?

Knowing what tertiary colors are is important to deepen your knowledge, but without knowing how to do them, you will not be able to develop your artistic skills.

Buy containers that contain the paints corresponding to the primary colors and add in a palette the amount you consider appropriate for each one.

Combine the primaries to get the secondary. If you use brushes, try to clean them after each mix so that the results are not affected.

Make all the mixes to get the tertiary colors you need. In the case of pistachio green, combine yellow with green in equal parts.

To get the egg yellow, mix the red and yellow. Depending on the tone and intensity you want of this color, you should add more red or yellow.

Combine the purple and magenta to get purple. As in the case of the previous results, add more of the first or second to acquire the tone you need.

With the mixture of violet and cyan, you will have the indigo color. Add more violet to make the dark contrast more pronounced.

Combining green and cyan, you will get turquoise blue. To be as light as possible, the amount of cyan must be higher.

If you are not going to use the colors you have made immediately, store them in different jars or containers to prevent contamination.

As has been said throughout the article, tertiary colors are practically infinite, so you can make all the mixtures you want to try.