“Color is the most relative medium in art.” Chapter IV, Interaction of Color
The first exercise is to make one color look like two. Start by downloading and printing a copy of the PDF Templates for Albers Color Studies.
Cut out the template you want to use, or make a custom one for yourself. You can use any size cutter for the center – just check to be sure to make the background on all sides of the center hole at least double the size of the center
- Cut two 1/4 oz pieces of green, yellow, red, blue, purple, magenta, white, brown and black.
- Keep one piece of each color to use straight out of the package. Use bits of the other colors to make the second pieces into a tint, shade or tone of the package color.
- The variations are to the left of the package colors.
- Sheet out each of the colors and smooth them onto heavy paper or card stock.
- Place the template on each sheet and cut out the swatch and center. Then cut a second center.
- You will need one swatch and two centers of each color.
- After all the color swatches are cut, bake them for 30 minutes, on the card stock, according to manufacturer”s instructions.
- Remove them from the paper after taking them out of the oven.
- Pick two colors of swatches and put the same color in the center.
- Does the center color shift? How much?
- Play around with different combinations.
- Which colors exert influence – make colors shift?
- Which colors accept influence – shift easily.
- Using your observations, make a few color combinations that maximize the shift.