Sunday, September 23, 2007

Munsell color wheel

Here is a quick photo I took of the color wheel from the student
book for those who need a better idea of how to set it up.
Sorry about the quality of the photo, I did this kind of in a hurry

and I thought some people could use the visual.
I plan to photocopy this and make it larger to fit the
18X18 board (painted
5th value neutral) and then use it a
template for the layout of the color wheel


marsha said...

Thanks PainterD, this is a big help!

graydon said...

that is exactly the thing to do. I paint the board neutral 5th value with Golden acrylics, and then I make circles large enough for each hue and paint them with white gesso. The white helps keep the chroma high.

marsha said...

Graydon, what material did you use to make the white circles?

painterdog said...

I am thinking of trying this product
a pack of 5(18x24) is $21.00.
You can paint on it with oils and it is archival, at least they say it is.
My thinking is that it is lighter and there is not prep work other than priming them with value 5 gray.

Multimedia Artboard is made from watercolor paper that has been infused with epoxy resin.

graydon said...

I painted the white circles with acrylic gesso. But you can do it with white oil paint. If you paint the high chroma hues on the gray ground, they won't be as vibrant unless you go over them several times.

Rich said...

It's a great exercise. I'm quite proud of my color wheel and show it off frequently. That's when people start giving me that "What a shame!" look.

MarieMeyer said...

Looking at this photo has prompted a question that I hope one of you who has one of the big Munsell books can answer.

One could say that the hue in the Munsell system is laid out like a compass with 100 points - the 10 hue families, which are then further subdivided into 10 segments. And of course, you can then further subdivide each of those into decimals. (I've read that is why Munsell abandoned the traditional 12 color categories in favor of his 10 hue families).

I'm wondering what is the minimum significant difference - in other words, how much change do you need before the average eye perceives that it is indeed looking a different color.

If value and chroma are held constant, is a change in value of one decimal point enough to make you think "new color"?