Colors should be plural

Colors should be plural
Why do color wheels always use one basic color that red and one basic complimentary green? They should communicate that, “all the reds are generally the compliment of all the greens”.

So we fixed that. Here is our Basic Color Wheel poster. It’s free for you to download in several printable formats. (please only share our website, not the actual file. thank you).


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17″ x 22″ PDF

Then you can download this file, which is one poster-sized page. It’s 17 inches by 22 inches, so this file needs to go to a large format printer.

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4-Page PDF

Then you can download this file, which is four regular sized letter pages of 8.5″ x 11″ each so you can print on a desktop printer.

Match the edges (there is some overlap) and tape or mount on another board or foamcore to create a large 17″ x 22″ poster. 

Print to the edge if you can, but if you don’t have that capability, there is enough overlap that you can trim off the white edges and match the images together. 

Here’s a photo of 4 pages of non-edge printing before trimming:

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Letter-sized PDF

Then you can download this file, which is one letter-sized page. It’s 8.5″ x 11″ and you can print on any desktop printer with good color capabilities.

About The Author

Dennas Davis

Dennas is the founder of Firstlight Arts Academy in Nashville, and also of The Art Instructor (formerly ArtSquish). He has been designing, painting, illustrating and teaching in various combinations since he learned how to hold a crayon. He is the illustrator of 24 children's books with over 5 million in print worldwide. See his paintings at

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