Monday, 29 June 2009


This week we have Three Tutorials for you.


Two are from Beth, one our brilliant DT members, she has created two instructional videos especially for The Next Level, covering the different ranges of Ink pads and Their Specific Uses and the Art of Masking Stamped Images.

The third Tutorial is Using The Colour Wheel, giving you an insight into how to use the wheel to help you choose colours for your designs.


Using a Colour Wheel

Using a Colour wheel will help you mix and match colours and help you select a colour scheme that will compliment and tone. It is quite easy to use and if you right click on the main image below you will be able to save this to your computer to refer to for future use.

The Colour Wheel


Red, Yellow and Blue are the primary colors. These are the three basic colors that are used to mix all hues.


Orange, Green and Purple are the secondary colors. They are achieved by mixing two primary colors together.


Tertiary colors are more complex hues that are achieved by mixing primary and a secondary colors that are adjacent on the colour wheel.


Opposite colors are diagonally opposite one another on the color wheel. You can work out the opposite color to any primary color by taking the other two primaries and mixing them together. The result will be its opposite or ‘complementary’ color.


Analogous colors sit next to one another on the color wheel. These colors are in harmony with one another.

Some Formulas for Color Harmony

There are many theories for harmony. The following illustrations and descriptions present some basic formulas .

A color scheme based on analogous colors

Analogous colors are any three colors which are side by side on a 12 part color wheel, such as yellow-green, yellow, and yellow-orange. Usually one of the three colors predominates.

A color scheme based on complementary colors

Complementary colors are any two colors which are directly opposite each other, such as red and green and red-purple and yellow-green. In the illustration above, the opposing colors create maximum contrast.


We hope that you have found these Tutorials helpful and please leave a comment if you have the time to let us know what you think.


  1. A colour wheel - exactly what i have been looking for - thank you -well done on keeping up the high standard with Issue 5! Look forward to my 'mag' every week :)

  2. I have really really enjoyed these video tutorials thank you so much. You have answered so many questions of mine with just those 2 videos. (((((HUGS)))))

  3. Great video tutorials. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Great tutorials - the videos are soooo helpful. XXX

  5. Thanks, I found this very helpful.