Practice PLAKA: Color Pyramid
Practice PLAKA: Color Pyramid

On the topic of PLAKA paints and varnishes, Pelikan offers a brochure that provides many different samples on the ways how these paints can be used.

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Practice PLAKA: Color Pyramid

New: The Pelikan Color Pyramid of the brochure "Practice Art Class: PLAKA and PLAKA Varnish"

On the topic of PLAKA paints and varnishes, Pelikan offers a brochure that provides many different samples on the ways how these paints can be used.


Heftbeilage: Die Farbpyramide

See how easy paper-maché figures are made and then how additional accents are set with PLAKA paint in metallic color shades. Certainly, we would also like to present you some new working techniques with PLAKA paints, e.g. how to marbleize or the scratching technique. When working with templates, we would like to show you how to create astonishing effects by the simplest means. Using the printing technique is explained just as detailed as the extracts about working with natural materials. The content of the brochure is topped off with the modification of everyday objects and the creation of decorations and painting large surfaces. Pelikan also offers the color pyramid as an educational supplement to the brochure "PLAKA and PLAKA varnish".

You will also find even more educational support on the topic of color theory that, in each case, focuses on a subject in the field of the color theory. The brochure "Practice Art Class Opaque Paints", contains a Pelikan color wheel and focuses on the topics of primary, complementary and contrasting colors as well as the color climate. The brochure "Crayons" has a color card, on which the students can try out different mixed colors.

The Pelikan Color Pyramid

The crafting template for the Pelikan color pyramid can be found in the brochure "Practice Art Class: PLAKA and PLAKA varnish". The template explains the construction very vividly.

This is how the color pyramid works:

The picture on the right shows what the color pyramid looks like after having been built together. For a better understanding of the color theory, the outer colors signify the original colors. By the way, the pyramid can be turned endlessly in two directions!

Durch Drehung der Pyramide erscheinen die Ausgangsfarben jeweils aufgehellt, abgedunkelt oder getrübt.

Brightening up with white

Nach dem ersten Dreh der Pyramide werden die Ausgangsfarben aufgehellt dargestellt. Das Aufhellen mit Weiß stellt eine wesentliche Erweiterung der Farbpalette dar.

Shading with black

Opaque as well as PLAKA paints can be shaded down with black. This increases the number of color shades many times over.

Dimming with Gray

By mixing colors with gray, the colors can be "dimmed". Surprisingly, many different shades of colors are created by this mixing technique. PLAKA gray is a color that is already mixed. This color can immediately be used to try the dimming technique.

Original Colors

The original colors will appear again by turning the color pyramid another time. Whoever wishes to, may start again, after all, the pyramid turns endlessly.

A nice idea for class on the topic of "brightening up, shading and dimming", which we would like to present you, has reached us from Mrs. Wänger from the Black Forest.

The Favorite Blanket of Benjamin Blue

Durch aufhellen, abdunkeln und trüben lässt sich ein Blauton vielfältig variieren.

This teaching unit is outlined by the story of Benjamin Blue. He lives, unsurprisingly, in the blue ocean. The world of Blue is described to the students in a way, that they can imagine the surroundings very well. Finally, Benjamin realizes what it is he really needs: a nice, blue blanket, so that he does not have to freeze anymore. This story can the told within the context of an imaginary trip.

Unterschiedliche Muster unterstreichen die Vielfalt der blauen Farbe.

Afterwards, the students should try to draw a part of Benjamin Blue's blanket, e. g. with shades of PLAKA blue, white, gray and black. All of the students' works are glued onto a blue surface and together they form the result of a collective group work.

With the help of the Pelikan color pyramid, you can explore the colors that emerge from mixing the original colors with white, black and gray, prior to the painting process. It provides your students the opportunity to explore the result of up to 6 different colors beforehand. Mixed with PLAKA paint, a so diverse range of color shades is produced. We are convinced by Mrs. Wänger's result - art class is really fun this way!

Benjamin's blue blanket: "It was supposed to look so beautiful that the other blues would envy him.