In 18th century the first color theory was formulated basing on three primary colors: Red, Yellow and Blu (RYB), because these colors were believed capable of mixing all the other existing colors. This theory were very well known by all the artists, dyers and painters of that period, and from anyone working with pigments.

From the primary colors you can build the color wheel (or color circle) representing the organization of color hues around a circle and it is used to show relationships between primary colors, secondary colors, tertiary colors etc.

Secondary and tertiary colors

Secondary colors are the combination of the three primary colors, as shown here:

A combination of secondary colors with that ones at their own side will produce the tertiary colors and so on in an infinite numbers of combinations.

Any color can have a different brightness, and it was common among some painters to darken a color adding black paint - producing colors called shades - or lighten a color by adding white - producing colors called tints.

This is not always the best way to proceed and original hue could also shift in different hue adding black or white.

GIARDINI color chart

In our color chart you find 18 standard colors that are made by 18 original high quality pigments, and all of them can be mixed one each other to get your favorite hue. On the left side of our color chart you find 100 mixed colors that represents what you can do starting from the standard. Anyway our labs can always support you in customized colors, starting from your own reference or a PANTONE® reference.



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