LEAP!Tracy Holmes6 Comments

On a traditional colour wheel, the 'colours' (at least 6, usually 12, sometimes more) are spaced and placed around the circumference of a circle, at the outer edge, on the fringes. Really, given how important pure HUE is, you'd think it would be at the hub . . .



When we talk about HUE, we are typically talking about a colour's 'colour.' Pure and simple. No wash-it-out White, no hide-the-hue-from-view Black, no mix of both to muddy it somewhere in the middle. Just full-on, full-strength, Fisher-Price-and-fingerpaints COLOUR. When you ask the question, 'What's your favourite colour?' the answer will most likely be defined by or describing a Hue.

Here is a random sampling of recent Hues from Colour Every Day:


I often use the words 'hue' and 'colour' interchangeably, and most of the time, one works as appropriately as the other. Most often, in discussions like this one, when Hue is the focus, I will say Hue as distinct from the other 'versions' of a base colour, like its lighter Tint, its darker Shade, or its muted Tone. I also use Hue (what colour is it?) to describe one of the three Properties of Colour, along with Value (how light or dark is it?) and Saturation, (how pure is it?). Understanding these three properties and being able to distinctly decipher them is an integral part of BreakThroughColour, so we'll be talking a lot more about Hue, Value, and Saturation in later 'Leaps!' Most of the time, when I say 'colour' I am relying on a more generic all-encompassing definition, as in 'BreakThroughColour' or 'Colour Cards,' to include not just the Hues, but the Tints, Shades, Tones, and Greys as well. 


Some Hues are commonly referred to by a name (and I don't mean Jackman, Grant, or Hefner). In BreakThroughColour, there are six Hues that do indeed have an ID beyond just their visual, abbreviated, or numeric Colour Code. I call these the Corner Hues. Here they are, Basics and BreakThrough...

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Red, Green, and Blue. In name and colour, there's no difference between the set of six Basics Corner Hues on the left and the six BTC Corner Hues on the right. They're the only 'named' Hues in the entire BTC collection.

They're also marked with a cube in the bottom right corner. A bit like a family crest, there's a Corner Cube on all the cards, but it's bigger on the Corners. Like a banner for each family in the colour kingdom, these named and crested Corner Hue cards are easy to find in either deck. Go ahead, try it. If you've got cards, find your Corners.

In your quest for these royal six – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Red, Green, and Blue – you might spot Black and White along the way. They're Corners too, just not pure Hues like the colourful characters above. We'll talk about Black and White and everything in between in the next lesson. 


The Colour Basics Colour Cards are visually coded with a little square of colour in the top right corner (which I haven't really officially named yet, and 'Little Square of Colour in the Top Right Corner' feels a bit cumbersome, so let's just call it the Colour Square).

The BreakThroughColour Colour Cards are all coded with a 3-digit number, also in the top right corner of each card. Each Corner Hue Colour Code is one of the six possible combinations of 0s and 5s (and only 0s and 5s). That's a clue to finding Hue, and we'll talk more about 0s and 5s in a later 'Leap!' lesson... 

I can't say enough about how important these Corner Hue cards are. That's why they are included in both decks. Without these Corner Hues, there would be no other Hues (and no Tints, Shades, or Tones flowing from them). In fact, you may have thought you were seeing double, or that I was inadvertently repeating myself, when Cyan showed up again as a Colour Every Day. No, it wasn't an 'Oops!' or a déjà hue, or a tribute to the fact that today is Feb.2 ("Okay campers, rise and shine. . . It's Groundhog Day!"). It's just my way of saying, if you never remember any other Hues (or any other other Hughs) remember these. They don't have to be your favourite colours, but make sure you introduce yourself to them, and get to know them well.


Before we go, I actually do have a few other Hues I'd like you to meet. They're part of the Colour Basics crowd, and we'll need them around as we move through the rest of this first week of 'Leaping.'

These are the Connector Hues. Happy to mix with more than one colour crowd (though sometimes unsure of exactly where they belong), they are the 'go-between' Hues that connect each Corner Hue with each of its two neighbours. Being an exact half-and-half mix, the Connector Hue Colour Squares are half-and-half as well.

Because these Connector Hues have an 'equal parts' allegiance to more than one colour family, the Colour Cube in the bottom right corner has more than one colour. 


Using the Colour Square codes to guide you through, can you work these halfway Hues into the mix with the original six? Sure you can. Lay them out in a single-line spectrum, Newton-like, or arrange them in a circle (also Newton-like, BTW), with all 12 Colour Basics Hues on the hour, every hour. If you line them up left to right, it doesn't matter which colour goes first; as long as you're connecting them wholes to halfs to wholes... you'll eventually have some version of a rainbow. If you prefer to see them in the round, it doesn't matter which Hue gets the top spot at 12 o'clock on your analogue colour clock, or whether your wheel spins clockwise or counterclockwise. Start with any Hue, and make the connections from there. When you've sequenced your dozen, you're done.
If you're playing along with the BreakThroughColour deck, all you need for now are the starter six – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Red, Green, and Blue. Sequence them too, Hue to Hue, in a rainbow row or a colourful wheel, 'al gusto.'


If you want to learn more about Hue as a Property of Colour, you'll find it defined at the top of the page here.

If you want to see all the Hues in the BreakThroughColour collection, to saturate yourself with the full palette of full-colour colours, or have a cheat sheet to find them in your BTC Boxed Set, you can find them all here.

You won't find any Hues here but you will find lots of Hughs...