Here are a few steps to begin playing the Color Scheme Game.  The game is based on a twelve hue Color Wheel.  Any medium may be used.

A Few Basic Elements of Art

In the middle box of each row I attempted to stick to the guidelines of the dice.  In the third box I either made a second attempt or altered it however I felt inclined.  These are all very quick, no attention to detail and no concern for perfection.  The goal of this game is to explore possibilities, to strengthen the ability to simplify and to call upon the left side of the brain to help make decisions without getting in the way of creativity.

I recommend using paper or sketchbook that works well with watercolor or gouache if you choose to use either medium.  The sketchbook I’m using is terrible!  I will switch to a different one tomorrow.

Use two six-sided dice or one twelve sided die.  Pick an object or group of objects.  I chose our Valentine’s Day Flowers.

Step One: Throw dice.  Divide your square or rectangle into the number of shapes shown on dice.  My first row was six, second row was three, third row was four.  I worked on one row at a time.

Step Two: Throw one die to determine your value range: 10 is lightest, 1 is darkest

1 = Full Value (Values 1 through 10) High Contrast

2 = Full Value (Values 1 through 10) Middle of the road contrast

3 = Full Value (Values 1 through 10) Low Contrast

4 = High Key (Values 4 through 10)

5 = Low Key (Values 1 through 7)

6 = Middle Key (Values 3 through 8)

Step Three: Throw both dice to determine your color scheme (I will be adding to these)

1 = Monochromatic – One Color

2 = Analogous – Three to Five adjacent Colors

3 = Extended Analogous – One primary plus three colors on either side of primary

4 = Complementary – Two colors directly opposite

5 = Double Complementary – Two sets of opposite colors

6 = Cross Complementary Tetra – Two sets of opposite colors at right angles to one another

7 = Analogous with One Complement – Three to Five Adjacent Colors with one of the color’s complement

8 = Primary Triad – Red, Yellow, Blue

9 = Secondary Triad – Orange, Green, Purple

More to come ……

Step Four: Throw dice to determine dominant color

1 = Yellow

2 = Yellow Green

3 = Green

4 = Green Blue

5 = Blue

6 = Blue Purple

7 = Purple

8 = Purple Red

9 = Red

10 = Red Orange

11 = Orange

12 = Orange Yellow

I try to have fun, be playful and to forgive myself for what I feel are disasters.

There are many variations to the game which I will continue to post.