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D J
03-16-2001, 09:57 AM
Can someone suggest the best color wheel/chart for a beginner in Acrylics to buy?

Phyllis Franklin
03-16-2001, 11:31 AM
D.J. If you are looking to learn more about color, the best way is to make your own color wheel. You will be amazed how much you learn by doing this!

I thought that I needed to purchase a color wheel too. I did and it hangs in my studio I guess as decoration. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif The color wheel that I have found to be the most useful is the ones I made myself. This way you can write notes to yourself and you will remember why and how you made the color no matter what medium you are working in.

Get yourself a sketch diary. I bought one that is made of watercolor paper and I used that one to make my wheels and do exercises. Then I can find everything I need quickly and refer back to my notes when I need to.

Here is a good lesson on making your own. Enjoy.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ArtSchool/Color/ColorTheory/Lesson2/

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Degas5
03-17-2001, 08:15 PM
The Quiller Wheel is the most valuable color wheel in my opinion. It is a color wheel and triad and lists the name of the pure pigments (with color illustrations) on the outside of the wheel and the more neutral pigments (mixed colors) and their tube color equivalents toward the center. The only problem is, the only way to get it is to buy his book and I don't know if it is still in print. Quiller has a new book, but I haven't seen it and don't know if the wheel is in that one. If you're interested, there book was worthwhile.

Phyllis Franklin
03-17-2001, 08:59 PM
Degas? is this the wheel you are talking about? This one is available from our very own sponsor, Dick Blick.

http://www.db-secure.com/zz049/10/products.asp?param=0&ig_id=132

Other types of wheels can be bought as well.
http://www.dickblick.com/itemgroups-c/colorwheels/

I do have a question, however, ....does the Quiller Wheel just deal with Acrylics and certain brand names by certain manufacturers, or how does he label the names of the colors he is using?

The reason I ask is because I have found that different manufacturers colors look entirely different from each other. Does Steve recommend one brand over another? If so, which does he recommend?

I did like how the wheel looked and I am sure that it would be a good tool to use. I sure looks a lot better than my homemade one. LOL

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[This message has been edited by Phyllis Franklin (edited March 17, 2001).]

Patrick1
03-31-2001, 06:33 PM
Golden paints (I think they only make acrylics though I could be wrong) has some
good info on the color wheel and which
primary colors to use:
www.goldenpaint.com/mixguide.htm (http://www.goldenpaint.com/mixguide.htm)

You will often hear that red blue and yellow
are the best primaries to use, but Golden
explains a little why cyan, yellow and magenta are, technically, truer primaries. And that using transparent, organic colors for mixing will give cleaner color mixes than opaque inorganic colors.

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Patrick1
03-31-2001, 06:38 PM
I bought Steven Quiller's Quiller Wheel
direct from his studio in Creede Colorado. Yes, Dick Blick also sells them.

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