This week in watercolor class we talked about complementary colors. Complements sit directly across from one another on a color wheel. When placed side by side, they bring out the best in one another. I like to call this the power to “POP”! (Think red and green side by side at Christmas.)
On the other hand, when complements are mixed (or layered on top of one another) they don’t pop at all. That’s when they DULL each other down.
If you want to neutralize a color, simply add it’s complement. The more you add it’s dull-duller-dullest. (This is a great way to make brown.)
To demonstrate this, we traced some circles while sipping lemonade…
Once we traced 6 circles, we went back and traced a moon shape on each circle.
Then, we painted the 6 circles like a simple color wheel made of the 3 primary and 3 secondary colors…
Once the 6 circles were painted, we let everything dry. (Wait. Wait. Sip lemonade. Wait.)
Our last step was to paint over the moon shaped (within each circle) with the complement of the color.
Doing this little art exercise reminds me of how I want to be the kind of complementary color in the lives of people that helps them to POP- somebody who brings out the best in others and doesn’t DULL them down.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
Hope you “POP” today!!!