CoupleAThings 002.JPG1. Use the "math" worksheet below to help you first draw an isosceles triangle made up of nine smaller triangles arranged in three tiers.
2. Use only the three subtractive primaries; red, yellow and blue to mix all of the secondary and tertiary colors.
3. Paint the three corners first and let them dry before moving on.
4. Next, paint the secondary triangles; orange, violet and green, using red, yellow and blue to mix them. Be sure to let these dry before moving on.
5. Paint each of the three (inverted) tertiary, neutralized triangles in layers, using the math worksheet as your guide:

a) So that the highest one will be painted red- yellow-red-blue;
b) The lower left will be painted red-yellow-yellow-blue.
c) The lower-right will be painted red-blue-yellow-blue

Wolfgang Goethe, a German writer and philosopher developed this triangle in 1810. Goethe wanted to understand human reaction to color, his research might be considered the beginning of color psychology. He believed his triangle was a map of the mind and he tied each color to emotions. Blue represented understanding to Goethe, he believed it evoked a quiet mood, while red evoked a festive mood and represented the imagination. Goethe grouped subsections of his triangle by 'elements' of emotion, not just color mixing.goethestriangle316.jpg