Color Schemes Watercolor Paint


I use Viridian as the SECONDARY GREEN on the color wheel because it is a pure color that is perfect for its complementary color listed below.

The following color schemes are based on Stephen Quiller’s “Quiller Color Wheel (affiliate link)” and his book “Color Choices: Making Color Sense Out of Color Theory (affiliate link).”


The complementary color sits on the opposite side of the color wheel. For Viridian, the complementary color is:

Alizarin Crimson
Alizarin Crimson


The split-complementary colors are the two colors located on either side of the complementary color on the color wheel. The following are the split-complementary colors for Viridian:

Winsor Violet
Winsor Violet
Cadmium Red Deep
Cadmium-Free Red Deep


Going clockwise on the color wheel from GREEN to BLUE the analogous colors for Viridian are:

Manganese Blue Hue
Manganese Blue Hue
Winsor Blue
Winsor Blue (Green Shade)


This Triadic consists of three SECONDARY colors. In addition to Viridian, the other colors that make up this Triadic color scheme are:

Permanent Mauve
Permanent Mauve
Cadmium Scarlet
Cadmium-Free Scarlet

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