When I started making and designing cookies, I started with the basics. Not the basics of baking but the basics of colour theory.
I have always been drawn to vibrant colour. I knew what I liked, what stirred my soul and excited my eyes, but didn’t really know why.
So I set out on a quest, to learn more about colour.
My OCAD drawing teacher, Scott, told me if I was in search of information on colour, the ultimate colour theory book, was The Art of Colour, written by Johannes Itten. Not an easy book to get one’s hands on! But after much searching I found it!
I started making notes, and reproducing the colour wheel so I could learn by doing. I did remember learning this way back in design school, but I was a little rusty.
My first colour wheel was wrong. Those of you who know colour, realize there is a goof. Can you spot it?
The primary colours, yellow, red and blue have specific locations on the wheel.
Yellow is supposed to be at 12 o’clock, red at 4 o’clock, and blue at 8 o’clock.
Like this one below that I pasted into my notebook.
So began my first lesson, identifying the primary, secondary and tertiary colours.
Primary: Yellow, Red and Blue
Secondary: A secondary colour is made up of two primary colours.
Orange (Red and Yellow)
Purple (Red and Blue)
Green (Blue and Yellow)
Tertiary: Made of one primary colour and a secondary colour.
They are situated between primary and secondary on the colour wheel.
Yellow-Orange, Red-Orange, Red-Purple, Blue-Purple, Blue-Green and Yellow-Green (I learned the primary colour always gets top billing in colour name.)
Basic though it is, this was a great place to start!