Your ideas: Are all colors a shade of grey?
Your ideas: Are all colors a shade of grey?

An experience that is marvelled at over and over, is the fact that the mixing of any two different complementary colors almost always makes the same shade of neutral grey. The grey blended paints are an ideal basis to "explore" the chromatics and the harmony between colors.

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Your ideas: Are all colors a shade of grey?

An idea by Professor Dringenberg

An experience that is marvelled at over and over, is the fact that the mixing of any two different complementary colors almost always makes the same shade of neutral grey. The grey blended paints are an ideal basis to "explore" the chromatics and the harmony between colors.

This phenomenon can be reconstructed in an experiment using a paint box. First, mix all primary color pairs together (cyan+magenta, magenta+yellow and yellow+cyan) systematically in a row of five, as demonstrated in our example. The mixture ratio is given beneath the colors. Tip: For further use, mix the paints in small amounts in small bowls.

Afterwards paint all colors in the circle of colors.

 

The mixed colors (left) are painted in the circle of colors (middle) which can be downloaded (right).
 

The next step is to mix and paint a row of five colors from black to white. Again the mixture ratio of our example can be read under the example.

Finally, mix five different complementary colors together chosen from the circle and paint them in a row beneath the row of grey in a row. The mixture ratio of our example can again be read beneath the example image.

As a result, you can see that the color in the middle of each row has emerged to almost the exact same shade of grey. At a mixture ratio of 1:1, all complementary colors cancel each other out.

Tip: Create more possibilities by mixing the colors with certain amounts of white or black paint in order to get lighter and darker shades of the colors. The color in the middle of the lighter and darker rows will still always remain "neutral grey".