Color theory has long been the goal of the artist. The color wheel allows the artist to visualize the color combinations that would work well together or appear harmonious. The color wheel has been adopted as a tool for defining basic color harmony. The color wheel can suggest useful color combinations in art, but much also depends on the tastes, lifestyle and cultural norms of the artist. Color combinations are most stunning because of the contrast between warm and cool hues (in this instance meaning hues on the opposite sides of the color whee).
Some theorists and artists believe combining complementary colors to produce a strong contrast or tension, because they annihilate each other when mixed is the key to stunning art. Others believe in combining complementary colors to produce harmonious color interactions. Colors next to each other on the color wheel are called analogous colors.
A triadic color scheme, the basic adaptation used by artists, adopts any three colors approximately equidistant around the hue circle.
Use of gradations in black and white and a single color refers to the effect known as a monochromatic color scheme.
In the 20 th century color theory attempted to link colors to particular emotional or subjective associations: red is an arousing, sensual, feminine color; blue is a contemplative, serene, masculine color, and so on. This has actually not influenced the artist due to the fact that an artist's subject matter frequently dictates the color combinations presented.
OK- so much for the clinical and description information on the color wheel. (Information was compiled from Wikipedia and realcolorwheel.com) This information is just being provided to get the regular scrapper to remember that there is soooo much more to scrapping than just preserving memories. (although that is a huge part of the equation.) You are creating Art. The papers and elements created by designers follow the rules of the color wheel. Next time you look at a kit...really look at the colors chosen. Are they complementing each other or do they actually contrast. And even the selection done by you, the artist, is dictated by harmonious or contrasting color combinations. Do you love certain combinations of colors like pink/brown? (Really just gradients of contrasting Red/blue mixtures.) I am by no means says color will dictate your life, but the color combinations we do choose do express mood, emotion, and provide an additional hidden element of expression on the layout.
Hmmmmmm think about that for awhile......