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'LEAP' DAY 11: MAKING CONNECTIONS

LEAP!Tracy HolmesComment

Linking a Hue to White, or Black, or to a neighbour Hue, it's easy to see the 'Three-In-A-Row' connections between these Corners. But every Corner can be linked with every other Corner. Using only the 27 Colour Basics Corner and Connector Cards, can you make all 28 connections?

 
 

Whether you start with a basic colour wheel of 6, a 'ROYGBIV' spectrum of 7, or a Colour Basics collection of 8, these saturated spokes, wavelengths, and Corner Colours on their own are sometimes so 'full of themselves' it's hard to see how they relate, flow, and connect to one another.

HUE to white

Too much White can wash away a Hue, but some White, even half White, can actually help the true Hue shine through, especially with Tints of the 'darker' colours, like Red and Blue.

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HUE TO BLACK

For the 'lighter' colours, like Yellow and Cyan, it's a big jump to Black. The half-Black half-Hue Shades help us see the colour getting darker before it gets completely obscured.

HUE TO HUE TO HUE TO...

And as for the Hues themselves, a colour wheel seems to spin more smoothly when we add the midway mixes (what traditional 'wheelists' call the 'Tertiary' Hues). Our Corner Colours can be more easily tracked when the Connector Hues step in to balance the ebb and flow.

Seeing Red side-by-side with Yellow, or Magenta next to Blue, the gaps there seem greater, but the half-and-half Hues do the trick to help us make the transition (Red-Yellow acting as Orange, and Blue-Magenta as a linking Violet). On the other hand, Red and Magenta and already so 'close,' the RM Connector is hard to discern from its Corners and seems almost unnecessary. Same is true for the GC Connector between Cyan and Green. 

Other Connectors that have it easy are the Tint connecting Yellow and White, or the Shade bridging Blue and Black. These Hues are each already so close in Value to the extremes of White and Black, there's barely any need for a go-between.

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The 'three-in-a-row' examples above are just some of the Corner-Connector-Corner trios that are possible with the 27 Colour Basics cards we picked out in the previous 'Leap' lesson. Can you bookend each of the 19 'half-and-half' Connector Cards with their Corners?
Want a bit more of a challenge? Pick any two Corners and find the card that connects them. The next-door-neighbour Corners are easy, but it's not quite so easy if the Corners aren't side by side. Every Corner Card can connect with every other Corner Card. Using only these 27 Cards, there are 28 different 'Three-In-A-Row' Corner to Corner connections.
As you go through, pay attention to how the 'half-and-half' Hues, Tints, and Shades don't always look like they're 'halfway.'  That's because the Hues themselves aren't equal as 'wholes' in the first place. And that's why I sometimes think of these Connectors as the 'Halfs' and the 'Half Nots.'

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