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How To Use Color

Harmonious Color Schemes: No-nonsense approach using the Color Wheel – A book by Elaine Farmer.

Learn to use the Color Wheel as a tool to help achieve color harmony in your painting and discover how it serves to simplify color mixing. New Book!

Choose Paint Colors with a Color Wheel – This Old House (excerpt from TV Show)

Describes the color wheel as an essential tool for painting projects. Learn how to pick a complementary color scheme for your next paint job.


An artist's tool that is simple to use and lets you view subject matter selectively, enabling you to make better decisions about composition and true color.

Decorative Room Color Theory – A Compendium of Color Resources & Practical Information

Decorative room color theory is based on the understanding that there is a definite psychology of color. Certain colors have been shown to impact energy levels, moods, appetites, and emotions and even contribute to our ability to make a decision under stressful circumstances.

More Alive with Color

America's leading color expert, Leatrice Eiseman, teaches you how to recognize your best personal colors.

How to Use a Color Wheel to Choose Your Makeup and Fashion (Video)

An overview of how to use a Color Wheel to help with choosing makeup that compliments your skin color and the clothes you love to wear.

Elephants on the Wall – Murals you'll never forget

Create whimsical, handpainted wall murals for your kids, or stylish ones for yourself, with paint-by-number wall murals. Simply tape, trace and paint!


Art Suppliers and Retailers

Blick Art Materials

One of the largest art supply retailers in the U.S. For professional artists, students and teachers, it continues to be a family-owned business.

Jerry's Artist Outlet – New Jersey

Your creative resource for over 50,000 discount artist supplies from basic pencils to rare pigments. Everything an artist needs and more.

Jerry's Artarama – located in Raleigh, North Carolina

An encyclopedia of artist materials -- available online!! See their website for store locations as well.


A Canadian-owned company, with 5 locations in western Canada, that sells fine arts tools and materials.

Art Xpress

Located in South Carolina, Art Xpress has art supplies for everyone – both online and in store! They carry artist paints, brushes, canvas, paper, easels, pencils, pastels, palettes, painting knives, art panels and more.

Art Supplies (United Kingdom)

Supplying artists materials to schools, colleges and private artists in the UK.


Artists , Galleries, and Museums

Bill Shumway

Painter, educator and gallery owner, Bill Shumway is a man of many talents, and the Corvallis community is richer for his presence.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, New York

MoMA, located in midtown Manhattan, has been important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as the most influential museum of modern art in the world. The museum's collection offers an overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist's books, film and electronic media. Our Pocket Color Wheel is featured as part of the Museum Store's special event -- the exhibit entitled, Henri Matisse: The Cut-outs.

Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California

The Norton Simon collections include: European paintings, sculptures, and tapestries; Asian sculptures, paintings, and woodblock prints; and sculpture gardens displaying many sculptors' work in a landscape setting around a large pond. The museum contains the Norton Simon Theater which shows film programs daily, and hosts; lectures, symposia, and dance and musical performances the year-round. Museum Store now features The Color Wheel Company products.


Software and DVDs

Creative Catalyst

Learn to paint and draw at home from some of the nation's leading artists. A long time Color Wheel Company collaborator, Creative Catalyst features many useful and interesting products and videos.

Color Wheel Expert

Innovative, easy-to-use color selection software designed for web designers, artists, and anyone who works with color.

Ultimate Tool

Oil Painting Lessons for download and DVD from impressionist painter Richard Robinson.



Art Materials Retailer

Art Materials Retailer is an online magazine for people who sell art supplies. Online articles combine practical retail advice with tips on selling, book reviews, emerging trends and product recommendations.


Ken's Picks (An eclectic collection)

Ken, the owner of The Color Wheel Company, has chosen these sites and products to showcase innovative ideas, products, friends, and other items that interest him! He likes to promote small businesses and creative people and ideas!

The Saturday Market Project

A place to buy and share exceptional materials, tools, and creative techniques. Be sure and subscribe to their newsletter! Features the Pocket Color Wheel.

NPR Color Series

A series of short podcasts that discuss, analyze, and ponder the complexity and context that color brings to our lives. Broadcast in Fall 2014.

Neil Harbisson: I Listen to Color

Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color -- and yes, even listen to faces and paintings. First presented in November 2014.

The Penguin Place - Your Penguin Gift Shop

Your destination for penguin shopping, gifts, toys, and fun! Don't forget to review the new children's book entitled Noodles & Albie!

USA Love List

10 things we love, made in Oregon.

Kala Raksha

Kala Raksha, a weaving design school for artisans in India, uses our Color Wheels for instruction and creation of the pieces.

Loopy Cases

Designed by pioneers in proactive protection, Loopy Cases have an ergonomic finger loop that prevents drops. This product was the winner of Purdue's The Big Sell and IU's IDEA Competition. Keep a handle on your iPhone!


A rugged, lightweight, portable tripod substitute. It can be clipped to common objects found virtually anywhere. Clip-Shot is based in Montana.

Retro Thing

An independent vintage gadget website run by a team of renegade elves with bases in Calgary and Chicago.

The Music Wheel

The Music Wheel™ is a detailed circle of fifths showing Key families of chords — the majors and their related minors. The Music WheelTM is 8" in diameter. It is printed on sturdy paperboard cardstock — in full color front and back — and coated for durability.

Whitney Music Box

A musical realization of the motion graphics of John Whitney as described in his book Digital Harmony. Check out the animation and sound!

Water Ripper

The waterball that skips like a rock – catch it like a bag. Great gift! Cool idea!!



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