Foolproof color wheel for awesome color schemes!

by | Creative Tips | 20 comments

Can’t choose colors to save yourself…?

Then here’s the most simple and effective color wheel I have ever seen!

Have you ever looked into color theory online? If so, you probably realised there is no shortage of color wheel photos and long articles about the subject.
Trying to explain, or even understand, why certain colors work better together than others can be challenging!
As a result, it doesn’t take long to feel confused about the whole thing…
If you are like me you, I think you would rather be painting than researching, right? Yes, I thought so too 🙂

Easy or hard?

It seems for some people that matching colours doesn’t take any effort…
I will pause here to say how thankful to be told over and over that I am good with color, although I can’t explain why!
But, for some (and maybe you?), it can be nightmare… Again, I have no explanation why here. I guess we can’t be awesome at everything, right??

Either way, it really doesn’t matter now because the color wheel from is here!
It’s a great tool to give you beautiful color combinations guaranteed to work, whether you are after a contrasting/cheerful effect, or a more muted/soft feeling.

Note: If combining colors is child-play for you, I recommend bookmarking the page anyway! You can come back to it when you need a little inspiration, or just want to try something fresh in your art.

So how does it work?

Let me just say the reason I wanted to share this particular color wheel with you is because it really is foolproof!
It’s super simple with no gimmicks so a visual person, you will instantly get the results you are hoping for.
By the way, I am not affiliated with the site, I just love the simplicity and effectiveness of this tool! And the fact that it is available for free to all of us deserves a little word of mouth in my eyes!

Let’s try it out…

First of all, select the kind of color combination you’d like.
For example, ”complimentary” or ”triad” (this is useful also if you want to use a very limited number of colors).
Then move the black shape thingy on the color wheel on the left.
Or start playing the wheel first then the list of options, there is no right or wrong here 🙂
Here are a couple of examples below of some color schemes I like…

Finally, check out the small round slider (see pretty arrow pointing to it lol) on the right hand side of the color wheel…
Move it up and down to adjust the intensity of your chosen color scheme and see what it difference it makes on the circle images below!

That’s all there is to it!

Once you find a color scheme (and intensity) that feels good to you, rest assured that you can use it without fail to create beautiful paintings and art journal spreads! Yay to that, right? 🙂

Try it out for yourself and let me know if you find it as awesome and useful as I do with a comment below!


Love to you my Creative Friend,

Mimi Bondi

If you are interested in how colors affect us and our emotions, check out my blog category ”All About Colour“.
I have written a few articles such as ”The Psychology of Colour” 🙂 I don’t pretend to be an expert, I just find that topic very interesting!

Want to learn mixed media effortlessly?

My book 'No Shenanigans! Mixed Media Painting' is full of step-by-step tutorials from start to finish!

Mixed media book and e-course by Mimi Bondi

A book to tear up and use in your own art!

My book 'Secret Stash' is a collection of mixed media backgrounds for you to make more art with!


  1. Hi Mimi,
    I just wanted to thank you for the online colour picker. What a difference it makes when you know the right colours to use.

    • Mimi Bondi

      So glad you enjoy it Michelle! Such a handy tool 😊 Doesn’t beat having one of the paper wheels though, something essential to have in everyone’s studio I think 😉

  2. Thankyou Mimi , I just love the colour wheel and its going to be a huge help to me.I absolutely love your tutorials and can spend hours with you replaying them. Thankyou.

    • mimibondi

      So glad this color wheel could help Sandy! You will be bored of me by the time you watch all those videos haha I hope you have checked out my book and e-course for more in depth instruction ?

  3. Thank you, Mimi, for sharing this tip with us. I’m an artist, and I love finding colors that look well together, but sometimes it’s hit or miss. I also play with polymer clay, and mandala stones. This tool will be invaluable for those as well. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • mimibondi

      So glad I could help you Joanie! This color wheel makes it so easy, doesn’t it? 🙂 xx mimi

  4. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Hoping this is the last needed tool to help me make gorgeous canes!

    • mimibondi

      As in glass or polymer clay canes? Either way, I’m so glad this awesome color wheel tool will help you! I wish I had invented it lol

  5. Is there a way to download it so we can always find it?

    • mimibondi

      There isn’t Kathy, juat bookmark it in your browser ?

  6. I tried the color wheel Mimi. I like it very much. It’s very easy to use and fun too! Thank you sweetie for sharing it with us. I know I will find it very useful.
    Big Hugs!!

    • mimibondi

      Awww thank you so much! It makes me happy to know I could help (even if I didn’t create this color wheel lol) xx

  7. Thank you Mimi for a great tool for improving my artistic sense! And it is fun to “fiddle” with the wheel for inspiration and in trying new color combos.

    • mimibondi

      So happy to hear you love it too Diane! ??

  8. Thanks Mimi!! This color wheel is great! I use the same colors over and over again because I know they look good together. Now I can really start being more colorful!! Color is my happy face.

    • mimibondi

      Hahaha then we have the same face Sue 🙂 So glad to hear this color wheel tool will help you branch out of your comfort zone, I need to do the same 😉

  9. Oh wow This is one of my biggest issues not knowing what goes with what Thankyou for sharing this is going to be well used indeed xx

    • mimibondi

      Awesome Rosie!! I know this color wheel is going to be super useful for a lot of people so thank you for your comment 🙂

  10. I am not sure why, but I cannot manage to find a link to the wheel. I am wonderfully intrigued. Can someone please help me figure out where it is? I’ve tried two different browsers, but no luck. I am a sad, sad wee panda!

    • mimibondi

      Oh dear! I just made a big orange button towards the bottom of the post so you can try the color wheel for yourself and not be a sad panda anymore Roxanne hehe 🙂

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Mimi Bondi Profile

Hi there, I'm Mimi!

Artist of Wonder ♥ Author ♥ Designer ♥ Teacher 
My style is abstract, whimsical, expressive, full of positive energy!
From layering to collaging, throwing ink around, painting with my fingers…
To creating digital art… my creativity has no bounds!
I hope to share with you the joy and peace I experience when creating 🙂

Mimi Bondi PETA Member - Protect our beautiful animals!




The power of bold colours

The power of bold colours

Imagine a world without colour… Pretty bland, right?? Today we’re diving headfirst into the power of bold colours in art!