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Blue and yellow make?You guessed it! Green! (Oh you cheated and read the title?) But did you know that yellow and black will also make Green! ( or actually) Green? Thanks Codyg102 for the correct html code for the shade of green!! Here is a whole 'nother color theory system to explore

Knowing about color is a necessary task for artists. Teaching about the color wheel is one of the lessons that most art classes will study as the color wheel is an organizational tool for understanding color. This instructable will show a color wheel painted on a 48 inch round table. I am painting this table as a real life object lesson for my middle school students in my art classroom.
 
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Step 1: Free stuff

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I got this table free. It was posted on freecycle and I was the lucky recipient. The posting stated that it had been painted several times. It was a very drab brown with a few touches of a beautiful red showing through, and some mad scribbling done by the child of the previous owner. But alas also were some big chips and peeling places that told me I'd have to do some repainting eventually.

So inspired by a pinterest photo of a table painted like a color wheel, I decided this week (school is starting next week- eek!) to start painting this table. Now because it was fairly large, I had to take it apart to fit it into my small SUV. I didn't/don't want to put it together until I get it at school as I'm going to have to transport again.  So my painting happened in my messy garage. Sorry folks. This is reality.

Step 2: Materials

Table
sandpaper and elbow grease or palm sander
primer
paints: latex, acrylic, your choice
brushes
water

patience
and eventually sealer of some kind to protect all of this work from scraping and the like!
HollyMann1 year ago
This is a great instructable...and a great way to learn about colors! :) I love it. Glad you commented on my pet bed and I got to find your cool instructables. I love ART also!
efrs1 year ago
I have no good knowledge for colors, to me it seems perfect !
Nice idea for an old table
artfulann (author)  efrs1 year ago
Thanks! I've been using it for a year in my art classroom, and honestly the only one that notices the imperfections are me! Such is the life of an artist.
DeeRilee1 year ago
Wonderful!!!!!

As an artist, I appreciate this as both a 'tool' and a lovely thing to look at!!!

A Plexiglas 'lazy-susan' in the center with the "complimentary, split complimentary, triad, etc" lines would be a helpful addition....and a conversation piece!

By the way, I'm a firm believer that if two or more colors can be seen in nature (in your scope of vision) they "go together"....either harmoniously or by creating tension. =)
I like functional furniture.

This is very good.

Maybe add an acrylic sheet over the top, so you can mix paints and all, on the table, without altering the finish.


Perhaps add a few bolt holes for the bench grinder and other necesarry kitchen / dining table equipment.


Lindie1 year ago
Lovely!
marymac1 year ago
Not only is this project the color wheel but it is also a work of art. Artists are too critical of their works since they can see every damn mistake or flaw. Art should be enjoyed from a distance and so many do not see a mistake at all. On top of that, as a teacher it is a great learning tool and conversation starter. Getting a good dialogue going with the students is the best thing that could happen.

Now...for me, personally, I HAVE to have something like this and it will be one heck of a project. I might have to scale it down to a smaller table and it might even be on a square or rectangle. It will be my project, too, darn it!! This is quite the inspiration for me and many others, I see.
themoose641 year ago
its pretty!
artfulann (author)  themoose641 year ago
Thanks!
Gabrock2 years ago
Good Work! I want it on my bedroom's desk (I'm at last year of "Food Chemistry" course, so we often work with spectra, and so colour charts).
dimtick2 years ago
i really like this. I have a round dining room table that i got at a garage sale for 10 bucks that i want to make into a craft table for my kids. this would be perfect for that. thanks for the inspiration. of course when i do this i'm going to take full credit for the idea........ :)
there are some tricks to having crisp edges.
after you've laid out the pattern, paint every other wedge letting the color overlap the edge line. once those are painted then use painters tape and mask off the unpainted wedges and paint them.
to prevent bleeds, after you mask your edges, first paint the edge with the adjacent color that's being masked. once that has dried then paint the field color. when you remove the tape any bleeding will be that first initial color which is the same as the color you've masked and is thus invisible. hopefully that makes sense.
artfulann (author)  dimtick2 years ago
You go for it!

The painter's tape is an excellent idea about straight lines-- curves don't work as well. I was not concerned about having a "perfect" example.

Another tip is to use a wedge(angle) shaped brush. Use the shape of the brush to pull a straight line.

Please let me know how this works out! And it is YOUR idea! Because it will be your design. There are other designs, for example the colors all in circles. I wanted to highlight the color relationships and also the tint/shades.
Great table! I love how vivid it is, and it's great to have such a hands on visual aid for kids to see the color wheel up close.


Your purples will probably be less muddy when you use magenta instead of red, since red isn't a real primary color. :)



http://colorisrelative.com/color/2010/08/cyan-magenta-and-yellow-primary-additive-colors/
artfulann (author)  supersoftdrink2 years ago
Thank you- my objective was to have a really big visual sample from real life that wasn't so "perfect" as the color wheel charts and posters.

Red, yellow and blue for mixing pigments are still the primaries (what you use to mix all the other colors). Light color theory and printing will use magenta as the primary and even in some avenues add a fourth with green....

But my pigments weren't liking each other (I was using naphthol crimson because I had a lot of it and it didn't like the blues or even the violet I had.) So I'll probably need to switch my red pigment. And you're right that I'll veer towards a magenta or a pinkish red like a Alizarin Crimson which is a "cool" red and my red was too warm. I'll also need to use a different blue, one that is a bit lighter and less green.

I left the "muddiness" because the conversation I'm having with you is what I want to have with them. I want to discover that there are different systems of primaries in color theory and how pigments also will change their result.

Thanks for the conversation and stopping by!

I've always had a hard time finding pigments in acrylic that were close enough to true primaries.

I do have one tube of paint, though, that's labeled "primary red" that looks magenta if you apply a thin layer, but mixes very well with blue or yellow to make non muddy intermediates. I have no idea where my husband got it, because I found it in his old stuff. I've had to resort to buying two shades of blue and two shades of red when I get acrylic at the craft store. I use the pink for mixing purple colors, red for warm shades.

I can try to find the good tube of paint to tell you the brand, if you want. :)
artfulann (author)  supersoftdrink2 years ago
That's ok. I've got several tubes of the right stuff (alizarin crimson and quinacridone), just didn't bring it downstairs and into the garage where I was painting the table, but was lazy and grabbed one bottle. I'll be taking the tubes to school along with the bottle so we can compare results of how those reds are different as well as the blues. I also have a tube (liquitex) labeled primary red but it doesn't supply the "real name". I will use my "mistake" as a whole series of lessons!

hey I think that might be the one! Liquitex!

It says red but there's no hint of yellow in it, and it looks magenta if diluted with water on white paper or mixed with white paint.
ChrysN2 years ago
Gorgeous table!
artfulann (author)  ChrysN2 years ago
Thank you! It will be really gorgeous (in my and my students opinion) soon. Can't wait to finish.
codyg1022 years ago
I believe the hex for that shade of green would be #888800 (the average of #000000 - black - and #FFFF00 - yellow - remember hex "F" = 16 base ten).
artfulann (author)  codyg1022 years ago
Bless you! That's close to perfect! Thanks so much!!
nice!
Very pretty! I very much like :D