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Assignment One The Color Wheel

Assignment One The Color Wheel

First, we mixed and painted all of the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors in gouache. Then, we matched the colors on the computer using the CMYK process. Since the colors as they appeared on the computer screen usually appeared different when printed, matching the colors accurately was difficult. I then placed all of the CMYK values on a color wheel of simple circles. I then discovered the harmonies between different sets of colors based on geometric forms.

Primary Rose Tyrien (cool) + Windsor Red (warm) = red

Turquoise Blue (cool) + Ultramarine Blue (warm) = blue

Spectrum Yellow (cool) + Brilliant Yellow (warm) = yellow

Secondary Brilliant Yellow + Windsor Red = orange

Spectrum Yellow + Turquoise Blue = green

Ultramarine Blue + Rose Tyrien = purple

Tertiary Spectrum Yellow + Green = yellow green

Turquoise Blue (cool) + Ultramarine Blue (warm) = blue green

Windsor Red + Orange = red orange

Brilliant Yellow + Orange = yellow orange

Rose Tyrien + Violet = red violet

Ultramarine Blue + Purple = blue violet

Color Harmonies

Three Color Cool

Three Color Warm

Four Color Cool

Four Color Warm

After completing the CMYK color wheel, I created tints by adding K in increments of 10 to create a total of 9 shades of each color. I also created tints by decreasing the opacity by incremets of 10%. I then made variations of my earlier compositions in order to observe changes in contrast, hierarchy, edge relationships, and depth. The results were fascinating and created much more dramatic compositions.

Tint & Shade Variations

Assignment Two Positive / Negative

The Land of Opportunity

Assignment Two Positive / Negative

Colors can be transformed, both visually and psychologically, by the presence of black or white. Our final stage of the color wheel study was to create an object that allowed the viewer to compare how placing any color against white or black could create a dramatic difference in its appearance. In keeping with this theme of juxtaposition, I decided to create a map of the United States displaying different views of 12 selected states.

Each of the 12 states attaches with a small magnet embedded in the game board. The colored state shows its nickname and a picturesque image. When the user lifts up a “game piece,� they will discover the worst aspect of that state.

Assignment Three Simutaneous Contrast

Assignment Three Simutaneous Contrast

First, I created a set of grayscales. Next, I created scales of monochromatic and analalougs colors to compare with the grayscales to match the shades. The next phase of the assigment was to create some sort of puzzle or game so that the viewer could experience the phenomena of simultaneous contrastthat the background on which a color is placed can alter the appearance of that color. I created a set of tiles that can be rearranged endlessly.

First, I tried to make dark gray and light gray look like middle gray just by flipping the hierarchy and the background from black to white. Next, The black background in relation to the middle gray made it appear lighter, and thus very similar to the light gray. I repeated these steps in the other sets of analogous and monochromatic tiles. I also replaced the black and white with alternating colors — one cool, one warm - to try and make the same color look cooler or warmer.

Assignment Four Afterimage

Assignment Four Afterimage

For this assignment, we studied contiguous color relationships. I chose a simple form (coffee, my true love) and divided it in half, giving one side a warm color and the other side a cool color. I then placed this form against different backgrounds, also split in half, that would influence the appearance of the color of the form - i.e., make it look duller, brighter, darker, warmer, etc. I then created versions with only C, only Y, only M, and only K (grayscale). I then applied a half tone effect to see how that would alter the contrast. Lastly, I matched them with Pantone.

Pantone Matches

24 57 42

7613 C

57 31 27

5425 C

5 1 39

9121 C

11 1 8

9460 C

90 100 10

2175 C

1 25 90

136 C

52 33 19

5425 C

99 0 45

326 C

0 74 81

7416 C

39 50 37

7653 C



Assignment Five Harmony in Nature

Assignment Five Harmony in Nature

I studied the phenonenon that color harmony exists in nature by examining the colors of a kiwi. I mixed two sets of colors I wished to use -one of complementary colors, and one of analogous colors - and matched them on the computer using CMYK process. Then I mixed two of those colors together and created a monochromatic set. I mixed the complemenatary colors, monochromatic colors, and analogous colors, and then created tint and shade variations of all the colors in my palette, to create a wide range of colors to choose from in my composition.

C: 22 Y: 72

C: 73 M: 81 Y: 15 K: 15

C: 24 Y: 40

C: 40 Y: 68

C: 58 M: 15 Y: 81 K: 5

C: 20 Y: 50

C: 45 Y: 60

C: 75 M: 20 Y: 70


Stamp Designs

Our final project was to create a series of stamps using harmonious colors from the palette we generated using our object from nature. Thus, I created this series of kiwi stamps - one analogous, one monochrome, and one complementary. I also experimented with typography and different transparency effects to see if any harmonious colors appeared - and they did!



This process book and all pieces within were created by Lizzy Gregory, for Color Theory, taught by Aki Nurosi in Fall 2013 at RISD.

Color Process Book  

Documentation of all my projects in Color Theory, taught by Aki Nurosi in the fall of 2013 at RISD.

Color Process Book  

Documentation of all my projects in Color Theory, taught by Aki Nurosi in the fall of 2013 at RISD.