Tertiary Colours

Tips for the Easy Peasy Artist

Colour Knowledge by Easy Peasy Art School

Artists need to know their colours. If you would like to be an artist you need to know all about how colours are made by mixing colours together.

Colours are often displayed on a COLOUR WHEEL to show how they are related.

TERTIARY colours are the next set of colours after our  SECONDARY colours. Tertiary colours are created when we mix a PRIMARY colour with an adjacent SECONDARY colour on the colour wheel.

The 6 TERTIARY Colours:

In Art, the six TERTIARY COLOURS are :







How are they made?

  • Red Orange: Red Orange Red & Orange
  • Red Violet: Red Violet = Red & Violet
  • Blue Violet: Blue Violet = Blue & Violet
  • Blue Green: Blue Green = Blue & Green
  • Yellow Green: Yellow Green = Yellow & Green
  • Yellow Orange: Yellow Orange = Yellow & Orange

Don't Forget!

When we say or write a TERTIARY colour’s name, we always say or write the PRIMARY colour first. For example we always use the name RED-ORANGE, not Orange Red.

But what about PURPLE?

Sometimes people call the Secondary colour made by mixing RED & BLUE as PURPLE. The colour Purple is actually what is called a tertiary colour (A colour created by mixing a primary with a secondary colour.) Another name for purple is BLUE-VIOLET. As well as PURPLE this colour is also sometimes know as INDIGO.

More Information:

To further your colour knowledge, don’t forget to read our other blogs on primary, tertiary and complementary colours. If you would like a print out of our colour wheel posters, have a look on our website under LESSONS > OTHER > COLOUR WHEELS. Here you will find printable colour wheels available in both English and U.S spelling.

Tertiary Colours - Easy Peasy Art School


Tertiary Colours - Easy Peasy Art School