Art Challenge Fun: Playing with Complementary Colors

It’s fun to play with color. I created this collage playing mostly with shades of deep blues and various orange-reds as part of this week’s ARTchix Studio challenge about exploring the fullness of the color wheel …

… this pinwheel is a simplified version of the full color spectrum, but it nicely illustrates the pop and zing you get in your artwork when you pair up colors that are opposite each other on the wheel to command maximum attention … like yellow and purple …

… orange and blue …

… or pink and green (or red and green!)

Color wheels can be sweet and simple with primary colors like the pinwheel, or hugely detailed with all the multi-shaded variations of color that printers, designers, and artists use …

… either way, it’s a wonderful visual reminder of how contrast gives you the most impact and why some pairings automatically appeal more to the eye than others. And when playing with color—whether in art, graphic design, fashion, food, or decor—it’s all eye-candy!  Play away — it makes you feel like a kid again with a new box of crayons!

“Create Art. Share Happiness.” — ARTchix Studio

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3 Comments on “Art Challenge Fun: Playing with Complementary Colors”


  1. Congratulation Paula to “Paula’s Paradise” site!
    Colors, Idea’s, Inspirations, Explorations, Things to do and think about… I LIKE IT !


  2. Wonderful art, Paula, and I love the way you’ve illustrated the concept of complimentary colours. Thanks so much too for your lovely comment on my blog!


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