getting your colours done

The Elements of Color Working my way through the template crises, I’m able to give full energy to the design and choice of the colours. If you’re reading this and the colours are rather ‘bad hair’, I am sorry, I’m ‘out the back’ working on fine tuning my final design.

In the bad old days I used to obsess about using browser tolerant colours. They used to call them ‘web friendly’ – wow – were we ever sucked in by skanky software companies insisting we bow to their petty coding shortcomings … many’s the time I wanted to club them about the body with ‘Elements of Color’, the work of Itten, the Bauhaus colour guru.

If you’ve ever had the slightest interest in painting an/or the use of colour you need to make Elements first on the list of books to get your hands on. This book has never been improved on. You’ll look at art, and life in general, in a whole new way.

Look at the blue squares on the cover of the book. Even in this bad reproduction you can see one square seems to jump out while to other looks calmer, restrained, and going backwards. Perhaps not in this image, but in reality, the squares are the same size and colour, their apparent difference is about our perception of the interaction of the blue with the respective colours of the background, and because they’re placed side-by-side we can compare and contrast.

I’ve been reflecting on the possibilities of undertaking further study, possibly into the application of colour theory to communication. After some colour analysis, Dr. Max Lûscher had this to say about me: ‘Your Existing Situation – Is seeking a solution to existing problems or anxieties, but is liable to find it difficult to decide on a right course to follow.’

How did he know?

Luscher continues, ‘Your Stress Sources – Wishes to be independent, unhampered, and free from any limitation or restriction, other than those which he imposes of himself or by his own choice and decision.’

Visual Chronicles: The No-Fear Guide to Creating Art Journals, Creative Manifestos and Altered Books And all this (and more) from the way I ranked some coloured squares in terms of preferences. I’m not a big fan of psychobabble, but give the test a try for yourself – I think you’ll be surprised. Any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic.

Lolaness has produced some colour reference cards which summarise some of the commonly accepted meanings ascribed to colour.

Part of the small mountain of books that arrived from Amazon the other day was ‘Visual Chronicles – The No-Fear Guide to Creating Art Journals, Creative Manifestos and Altered Books’. It’s a bit of gem, actually. One of the projects which immediately moved the book out of the box to my bedside book pile was one of building a personal palette. Find coloured papers/paint samples, line them up and build a swatch of colour that’s all about you. Bang a hole through a corner and put a clip pin through. Great for reflecting on the colours that descibe where you’re at today, and great for buying stuff – who can remember colours that well?

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