Fashion and Jewelry Trends Still Under the Millennial Pink Domination


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Call it pastel pink, salmon rose, peachy blush or flamingo cerise, the verdict is in: Millennial pink is – still – the color of the moment. Try as they may to unseat it, this color isn’t going anywhere.This sweet, candy-like shade is not really a newcomer on the color trends scene – in fact, it’s been around for the better part of the decade. From rosy packaging to pink sunnies and trendy drinks and from bling to runway trends, Millennial pink is everywhere – and it shows no signs of slowing down.

Pink Is IN: The Beginnings

Back in 2015, Pantone announced rose quartz as one of the two colors of the upcoming year – with serenity, aka chalky sky-blue being its co-lead. Arguing their choice as 'society’s understanding of femininity… changing the way people think about the female experience”, Pantone definitely boosted the popularity of the shade. But by 2015, Millennial pink was already the hottest shade around – and some say it all started with Paris Hilton’s love for the shade in the early 2000s.But not all agree and other sources associate the origins of the pink movement with Tumblr’s pink-everything aesthetic. By 2016, major brands were designing or packaging everything pink: from Diesel's Spring 2016 ad campaign to Glossier’s new product range, the color was already on top.

Pink-Infused Fashion Trends

From the hottest catwalks of the world to the red carpet, Millennial pink is everywhere. And when it comes to garments, the famous shade features a wider range of tones, from the softer, pastel ones to brighter, candy-like hues. Millennial pink has been a staple at New York Fashion Week for years now, where collections from Rebecca Minkoff, Anna Sui, Reebok, Club Monaco featured the shade extensively. Another group .that totally embraces the femme shade: fashion bloggers, who rock the shade on repeat, both as a statement shade (in its hotter versions) and as an elevated, luxe neutral.

Jewelry Trends: Rose Gold Takes the Lead

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Blush shades of pink have been slowly and steadily taking over the latte and hazelnut hues and gaining a place as veritable neutrals. And the same thing is happening in the jewelry niche, where rose gold jewelry has been slowly taking over the classic white and yellow tones – especially during the hotter seasons. From dangly earrings to lariat necklaces and stackable rings, rose gold is totally trending. The reason? The simple fact that no other shade looks as good on sun-kissed skin as rose.

Pink Sunnies, Bags and Heels

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The color of iPhones and Acne Studios' shopping bags is also scoring big in the accessory department. While a while ago, golden pumps were making a sparkly splash, these days; it’s all about those rosy heels with high levels of luster. Joining the pink club: the trendiest sunnies, with the IT celebs rocking the rosy-shaded shades on their pap strolls. Pink backpacks, pink totes and blush handbags have become staple rather than statement pieces, since the shade can definitely double as a neutral.

Rose-Hued Gems and Pearls

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Say goodbye to classic whites and welcome the sweet shades of pink when it comes to updating your jewelry collection. From rosy beads to pink pearl stud earrings and peachy salmon gemstones, the trend knows no bounds. Whether you’re on the market for a pearl ring or a gem necklace, embrace the seductive, fun and saccharine shade of Millennial pink.

Next in Line: Millennial Lilac Is the New Pink

According to various color forecasters, Millennial pink has already peaked. And the next iconic shade in line is either hot, 90’s pink or soft and mysterious Millennial lilac. But even if you’ve upgraded your wardrobe with an excessive amount of candy pink pieces, no worries – as this sweet shade and its purple cousin look like a trendy unicorn-like dream when combined.

 

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Freelancer's best friends - Tools to make you faster and more efficient


Today, being a freelancer is a new labor choice. Freelancers have brought a new style and freedom to working hours, they have adapted their work to the lifestyle and changed the way we see employment. However, to be a freelancer is not as simple as it sounds. It means that you have to organize your schedule, manage your time yourselves, send your own invoices and have a structure in your day-to-day work. Ahead of you are chosen tools which are very helpful for freelancers.

 

 

It's imperative to start with recommending a very handy and elegant Evernote - one app to save it all, offering storage for your notes, organized in notebooks, where you can also save photos, links and anything else you need for your project. You can share Evernote notebooks with other partners on the project, and you also get it synced for up to 3 devices for free, enabling you to create on the go.

The simplicity of using Evernote is now followed by Asana, a smooth project tracker where you can keep note of your tasks and check them done. Asana also lets you use it for the team, where you can assign tasks to each other. While using Asana, it is quite handy to have a separate app, that looks as elegant but doesn't take up much memory, to keep your personal daily to-dos apart from the work ones. For this purpose, we'd recommend you take a look at Dreamie Planner app or it's similar alternatives.

Another great platform worth mentioning is Trello, which is an online tool for collaboration between an unlimited number of coworkers. It is great for brainstorming sessions, offering you features like boards, lists, and cards, where you can also post pictures and links.

 

 

When it comes to time management, it seems like not many people have learned how to organize their hours, and this might be a side effect of studying in formal schools (just saying). But worry not, cos internet has provided us with various free tools we can use to organize our time. Starting with an app as simple as pomodoro technique based - Tomato Timer or Focus Booster or alternative apps in the store with an option to customize your pomodoros.

When speaking about time management, we cannot leave out Rescue Time, a software that keeps track on how much time in a day you are spending using different applications and websites. It will give you a whole new perspective on how you should reorganize your day and increase your productivity. Along with Rescue Time, we also recommend Toggl, another free time tracker. Toggle will help you arrange how much time you are spending on each project, and also add your hourly wages, so at the end of the day, you know how much you worked, and how much you made.

If you are looking for something new and experimental, you can also try Hubstaff for 14 days free trial. This software is partnered with Zoho invoice software, which is a very easy system to write invoices if you are a freelancer. It is also good to mention Harvest here, which is primarily a time tracker, but also has made it easy for you to synchronize and send invoices for your per hour payment by using this app. A winner when it comes to creative app names is certainly Pancake, another all-inclusive tool, whose invoices are using most standard payment gateways, such as PayPal. Pancake doesn't charge you on a monthly base, they only have you paying a one-time fee when you begin to use it, for an unlimited access to its features.

 

 

When it comes to invoicing software, we can recommend Freshbooks, which enables you to create invoices very quickly, and you can try it for free for 30 days, so see for yourselves. Another app worth mentioning is Xero, which is also synced to PayPal, enabling your on-time payments.

Similar to Pancake, we shouldn't forget to add Bonsai to this list. They also give you all kinds of management solutions, with the ability to accept payments from clients. They also have a free trial period available. Yet another cool alternative to this software is ClientSpot, where you can manage different clients and insert your deadlines.

On the side from PayPal, another extra safe way to process your payments would be Google Wallet, which also charges a very small fee, and it can be connected to all your Google accounts, which is quite handy.

These are some cool and practical software to help designers and other freelancers get well organized and be as practical as possible. There are many alternatives which are better suitable for a variety of personality types.

Which ones are your favorites? Are you using any of the programs we mentioned? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Top designer programs


Every graphic designer has his/her own preference when it comes to a set of programs to express creativity. Whether your criteria is how easy it is to use, how flexible is the user interface for you, or how many preferences it has, we usually make our pick and get used to one program forever and ever.

 

 

For years, Adobe seems to be designers first choice all over the world. Users like Adobe Photoshop as it's easy to use, basic features are making the whole experience smooth and most of the tools are quite effective. Photoshop is a beginner's first choice, it is simple for use to for RAW format images and rendering is also pretty easy.

Designers also love Adobe Illustrator. It is a great tool for branding, mostly used for logos, typography etc, but it could also find application in video illustrations. It is compatible with both Mac and Windows, but a very expensive tool to get.

 

 

Besides Photoshop and Illustrator, Adobe InDesign is common in designer's practice. It is used for magazine and book covers, flyers and brochures, for digital as much as printed versions. It takes some time to get in the game with this program, as for most of Adobe software, so we don't recommend it for when you need your publication ready for tomorrow and you've never used InDesign before.

 

 

One of the most used alternatives to Photoshop would be GIMP. One of the many cool advantages is that it's compatible with different operating systems, on top of being simple to use and that interface is very adaptive to modern users. An alternative for Illustrator is Inkscape, which is a free tool for dealing with vectors, and also available on Windows, Linux, and Mac.

Another great choice for vector graphic designing is CorelDraw, which is a very popular software and its features are rated as outstanding. Users are quite satisfied with how easy it is to use, and also the training videos are making it even more simple. Regarding the price, there are different subscriptions available, while the downside is there is no Mac version of this program. Other apps from this provider are Corel PaintShop and Corel PhotoImpact.

 

 

Some other apps with cool features are also a very old ACDSEE Photo Editor, then Serif PhotoPlus and Serif DrawPlus, CyberLink PhotoDirector, Xara, Vector with the free basic plan, Google Sketch-up for easy 3D modeling and more interesting features with Pro plan.

Which are your favorites? How easy are Adobe programs to use, compared to their opponents? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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June and July edition: Colours have feelings too


June and July together were months full of color! We asked how palettes made you feel on our Twitter channel, and you answered. Thank you for being so active in expressing your opinion Colourlovers! Let's review the questions that we asked and the winning palettes.

  • Which palette was the saddest?
  • Which palette was the most ?
  • Which palette looked most like ?
  • Which palette screamed #jealousy?
  • Which palette looked like #sun the most?
  • Which palette made by Napkin guy was your favorite?
  • Which #green palette was your favorite?
  • Which was the best  inspired palette?
  • Which was the best summer palette inspired by and ?
  • The best palette inspired by ?
  • Which palette screamed #passion?
  • What palette is best to describe today's ? (23rd July)
  • What was the best palette inspired by the ?

 

JUNE

 

1. Emotions - what color palettes made you feel

 

The saddest palette : Since when
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The most mystical palette : his mystical beard

 

The palette that described #betrayal the best: Anger Management

 

The palette that screamed #jealousy: jealous*

 

 

2. Resemblance - what color palettes looked like

 

The palette that looked like #sun the most: Here Comes the Sun

https://bit.ly/2sViGWa

 

3. Favorite of Napkin guy's palettes

 

Favorite Napkin guy's palette was: take my breath away

 

4. Best color inspired palette - the best green

 

Favorite #green palette : A Dream in Color

 

 

JULY

 

1. Emotions - what color palettes made you feel

 

The best #passion palette: infatuation

bit.ly/2uQMUul

 

2. Resemblance - what color palettes looked like

 

The best #icecream palette: Icecream Truck

 

The best #sand and #sea inspired palette: shifting sands & sea

 

The best #emptyspaces palette: my empty space

 

The best #mind inspired palette: Clouds in my mind

 

3. The mood of the day palette

 

The palette which described the #mood of the day (23rd July): Flat ideas

 

 

So, Colourlovers, what do you think about the palettes? Do you see any pattern? :D
Share which one is your favorite. We can't wait to hear from you!

 

About the author:

Ana is the community manager and editor at Colorlovers. She is a part-time traveler and part time web and graphic designer. She is passionate about photography and nature -  a never-ending source of inspiration.

 

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The Emotional and Behavioral Effects of Color


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It is difficult to dispute the importance of color to branding-related endeavors. Color is evocative, creates an attraction between consumers and products and is capable of boosting recognition of a brand significantly.

 

The fact of the matter is that colors have the ability to produce feelings of happiness or sadness, sensations of thirst or even fatigue. Designers need to grasp the ways in which different colors can psychologically impact everyday people, including the audience a client intends to reach. It is worth reviewing the manner in which color guides our decisions, emotional reactions and moods.

 

Warmer Tones

 

Sitting adjacent to one another on the color wheel are hues of yellow, orange and red. These are known as warm colors, and they are known to bring about a feeling of energy, gladness and hopefulness. It is also necessary to note that orange and yellow may cause irritation to some people's eyes, and they can work to boost appetites.

 

Consider some of the more popular fast food establishments and their frequent use of red and yellow in packaging, logos and the like. What is the reason for this? The goal is to prompt feelings of hunger and an impulse to eat something immediately.

 

Stunning Reds

 

Dynamic and warm in nature, red routinely sparks the full emotional spectrum. Many think of it as a color of love and passion, but also of risk and rage. This is a color that can set heart rates racing and generate a sense of real excitement. If a design element needs to receive a significant amount of attention, such as an online security alert, it is wise to render it in red. Used as an accent, however, red should be applied moderately, since it has a tendency to feel overwhelming at times.

 

Oranges

 

This is a color grouping that generates happy, vital feelings in those who see it. It is an attention-grabbing hue, but it does not feel quite as powerful as red. Orange is forceful, but maintains balance and friendliness. For effective calls to action and invitations to subscribe to or purchase a product, orange can be an ideal choice.

 

Sunny Yellows

 

In terms of the warm color family, yellow might just be the tone with the most energy. It conjures thoughts of sun, laughter and light. Yellow accents are great for producing an optimistic vibe in viewers. Of course, yellow does reflect large amounts of light and may feel harsh or irritating at times. Thus, this color should be used in a measured way in order to draw attention just where it is needed.

 

Cooler Hues

 

Purple, green and blue comprise the cool color family. These tones generally produce feelings of calmness and serenity, though they can also be seen as somewhat sad. Many feel that purple is great for promoting creativity, given that it blends relaxing blue with fiery red. Clients needed to generate an aura of beauty, healthfulness or safety ought to think about using these types of colors.

 

Grassy Green

 

This color has long reflected feelings of wealth, health and regeneration. Green is pleasing to the eye and can help in the creation of balanced designs.

 

Beautiful Blues

 

Tranquility, spirituality and trust are all feelings elicited by the color blue. While darker blues are great for generating a professional look for corporate clients, when used to excess, the effect can be rather cold. Lighter tones of blue create an approachable and friendly vibe.

 

Powerful Purples

 

Long recognized as a color connected to royalty and wealth, purple tends to lend a soothing air. Therefore, it is a popular choice for cosmetic and personal care products. Deep purples are perfect when a sense of luxury is required.

 

Comfortable Neutrals

 

White, tan, black, gray and brown are essential colors for the backgrounds of great web design. White, black and gray are great for pairing with bright tones. When texture is part of the design scheme, brown or tan backdrops are key.

 

Designers must always remember that responses to color are very subjective and may differ substantially depending on the cultural background of the viewer. Because of this, designers must never fail to research their intended audience and make deliberate color choices based on their findings.

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Design and design thinking


Through years of learning from communication with different clients, having constant development and change, designers have set a new trend in problem-solving methodology. Designer's work demands that the ideas are always fresh, but also functional and practical, which is why there is a need for a learning mind, the kind that tests a product and then improves it.

 

 

Designers impact to problem-solving is a methodology which existed long before in science and IT sector, but it wasn't till designers age that it became popular in various other sectors, which explains the name "design thinking".

The main characteristic of this process is that it's looking at the possibility for solutions, and not the problems, as well that it's customer-oriented. In design thinking, people are what matters, which is why empathy plays a significant role while searching for solutions. There is always a question of "how does this person (target group) feel"?

 

 

The important tool to start design thinking is brainstorming. This is how a creative search for ideas start. Brainstorming is useful to explore various perspectives on looking at the task, which allows us many approaches to find the solution.

Design thinkers are especially good at solving problems which are difficult to define. A well-defined problem is a problem half-solved, and to understand some problems we need to dig deeper and look beyond the surface. Designers are also always ready to learn and they rely on the knowledge gathered from previous experiences. Sometimes all it takes to solve a problem efficiently is to consider patterns which solved similar problems before. What this means is that also you may use similarly structured problems from different sectors - you can apply a method from technology to resolve a challenge within the social sector.

 

 

Stages of problem-solving, designer-style, are: defining the problem; doing all the research regarding the problem; brainstorming ideas and choosing the focus; after which comes prototyping and then testing. The key to design thinking is that this is a repetitive process - after testing, we either leave the idea and move on to the next one or keep the idea and improve it further, after which we again create a prototype to test and so on, until we are satisfied with the solution.

This methodology introduced many useful tools for everyday work, such as creating prototypes, user profiles, mind mapping, storytelling and visual way of teaching and learning.

Design thinking, as a creative processing of challenges, relies on strategies which are useful for designers, but also IT, business and NGO sector.

 

Have you ever used design thinking while creating? What was the best part of it? How did it improve your creative process?

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

 

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Using Colors for Effect in Photography


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Every designer knows the art of using colors to elicit a desired emotion.  Whether it is to create a certain comfortable feel in a bedroom, setting the right tone for a web page, or creating a mood for shops or restaurants; choosing the right color palette is a critical design decision.  But did you know the same principals apply when creating a work of art?

 

Take photography as an example.  Manipulating elements within the image can produce a dramatic difference to the feeling of the shot.  Understanding the elements involved – and the techniques for manipulating them – can help the new artist achieve results that go beyond creating beautiful images and instead help make a deeper emotional connection with the viewer.

 

Color of Light

Photography is often referred to as painting with light.  And light has its own color.  Light falls on a sliding scale of warm (yellow and orange tones) – most often associated with sunshine or daylight, to cold (blue tones) -  created by man made florescent type lighting.

Light sources can even shift within the scale, like sunlight depending on the time of day.  The hour just sunrise or before sunset is called “The Golden Hour”the blu by photographers because the sunlight has a soft, warm, golden hue.  But the hour just before sunrise or after sunset is referred to as “The Blue Hour” because the angle of the sun to Earth is allowing only the blue spectrum light to appear.   Photographing the same subject just hours apart will produce dramatically different feels to an image.

 

Filter effects

Light can be manipulated through the use of filters.   In prehistoric times, photographers had to physically attach gels to the front of the camera lens.  Fortunately today the same effect can be achieved within your Smartphone or by using post processing software like Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.  Use them to enhance the feeling you are looking for with an image, or to completely change the feel of it altogether.

 

Dominate Color

The most obvious place to identify a dominant color is in the main subject of the image.  A photograph of a field of lavender – or a green meadow – are pretty obvious examples as to their color palette.  Subtler can be the hues of a sunset, or uniforms of a marching band on the streets.  Controlling the dominant color sets the feeling for the piece – both the positive or the negative.

 

Red

Passionate, aggressive, important, warmth, anger, revenge, attention

Orange

Playful, energetic, cheap, enthusiasm, courage, creativity

 

Yellow

Happy, friendly, warning, joy, laziness

 

Green

Natural, stable, prosperous, tranquility, calm, money, jealousy, envy, hope

Blue

Serene, trustworthy, inviting, coldness, fear

 

Pink

Feminine, young, innocent

Purple

Luxurious, mysterious, romantic, royalty, foreboding

 

 

Brown

Earthy, sturdy, rustic

 

Black

Powerful, sophisticated, edgy, formal, evil, darkness

White

Clean, virtuous, healthy, cold

 

Grey

Neutral, formal, gloomy

 

Beige

Accentuates surrounding colors

 

 

 

Primary and secondary color

Combining colors will also have the effect of combing emotions.  A woman in a red dress against a black backdrop can show the darker, evil side of passion.   A green plant sprouting in a brown forest shows hope or renewal, while the same plant shot in a sun kissed meadow can show tranquility.

 

So the next time you are out shooting with your camera, stop a minute to think of the emotion you want to elicit from the viewer and apply your color palette well.

 

These colourful images were provided by Dreamstime.com.

 

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Colors meanings in anime


Anime is a Japanese film and series animation style, characterized by colorful graphic characters and fantasy or sci-fi themes, intended for children as well as adults. As a product of Japanese culture, anime has an intentional visual language, where every element has its meaning; it symbolizes something mystical or psychological.

 

 

When we are talking about anime, we are picturing characters with various hair colors and styles, so we were wondering if there is more into it as with other cartoons, if these characters represent something specific in Japanese culture.

It turns out that character's hair color is supposed to indicate a personality of the person and the role that it has in the series. For example, pink hair has been used for a very few childish characters, until the audience started to empathize with these characters, which made pink very popular anime hair color. It is still used for playful, innocent and silly female characters.

 

 

Blue hair color fits anime characters which are wise, intelligent and introverted, while green is used for active, exciting and wiggling feminine characters. Although, darker shades of green are still more typical of characters like blue-haired. Red-haired characters are typically the leaders, the loud ones and even rude to some extent. It reminds us of every silly stupid "speaking-without-being-asked" character we've seen.

Yellow hair is reserved for the most important female character in anime - most lead anime girls are blonde. Brown stands for the friendly, understanding, kind and everyday type of character. These are characters we often meet in the anime world. They are important to the series, but not the main guy. Often the guy's best friend or a love-interest of the main female character.

Black hair is used for most of the characters, as it is typical Japanese hair color. The brighter color is used to describe the character, the more down-to-earth he is, enlightened if you will. Darker colors are more "in the moment" kind of guys. Extremely bright colors, as well as white, can navigate towards more magical and exotic beings.

 

 

Seeing how these patterns of using color in art and media are reoccurring in Japanese culture of anime films, and comparing the color meanings to previously explored color psychology, we can see many overlaps. Green will always be goofy, blue trustworthy and red flammable, but Japanese wouldn't be Japanese if they didn't add a special spice of magic and surrealism in their color palette :)

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Blue is the warmest color, yet the most difficult to find


Blue is, besides green, the most frequent color we see in daily life. It is the color we see when we look at the sky and sea, yet it is still very difficult to find in nature. There are very few things in nature that are actually blue.

 

Science is telling us that what we see as the sky is light coming through layers of the atmosphere, and even though we perceive it as blue, it has no actual color pigment. Sea, on the other hand, is often seen as blue, and this happens because of the reflecting nature of the water - and what water reflects the most is the sky.

 

 

The tendency for blue to appear in animal pigment is super rare. Plants can produce blue pigment because of anthocyanins, while animals usually do not have chemical compounds to color them blue. The phenomena of some animals being blue comes from some structural effects such as selective reflection - which doesn't make them have blue pigment, only that we are able to see them as blue.

 

For example, blue jay, a bird which produces so much melanin that it should be black, yet because the air sacks among it's feathers captures light, the bird looks blue to the human eye. Even though these species are super rare, there are a few examples of blue in animals such as moon jellyfish, blue butterfly, peacock and blue eyed cats.

 

 

Among human beings, blue eyes are much more rare than brown, which makes them popular. Although, here it is also the case that there is no blue pigment, only melanin which determines the color of the iris depending on the amount of it's presence. Also, it is interesting that humans can be born with blue eyes and then while they're growing up and producing more melanin, this color changes throughout lifetime.

 

Melanin is produced in the iris to protect the eye from UV radiation and high-energy light. This is why, however beautiful, blue eyes are much more sensitive to daily light than any other eyes.

 

 

Blue is one of the primary colors, so we cannot create it by mixing other colors. Blue pigments are made from minerals, which are crushed and ground into powder and then turned to paint. Even though it doesn't naturally appear as a pigment in living creatures, it still is one of the most popular colors in visual art, fashion, interior design and it awakes inspiration among us every day.

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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A special gift for the youngest Colorlovers


Upon your request and in collaboration with the illustrator Miruna Sfia, we prepared a little coloring book for our youngest Colourlovers. You can download a printable 8-page PDF and mix and match the colors as you please.

We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Check out the wonderful illustrations below.

These are just some of the examples!

For more, feel free to download the file here.

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