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The Lost Colors of Crayola

The Lost Colors of Crayola


Crayola has been the standard for crayons, and at least partially responsible for bringing color naming to the mainstream for 126 years now.  The crayons and color names have come a long way from the standard 8 color crayon box of black, blue, red, green, brown, yellow, violet, and orange.

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Over the years they've added plenty of new colors to their line of wax crayons but not all of those can still be found today. Some of those  colors have been discontinued or renamed, for various reasons, and since 1998 they've maintain a core collection of 120 colors, (check out our post 'All 120 Crayon Names and Color Codes' here in the COLOURlovers blog to see them all and grab their digital code equivalents).


The retired colors.

Retired colors are tucked away in the Crayola Hall of Fame but that's no place for color! So here we look back at those colors that are no longer at our finger tips but can live forever in our digital coloring books. Click on the colors to grab their digital equivalent from the COLOURlovers' library.

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RAW COLOR - Design

RAW COLOR - Design


The work of Daniera ter Haar & Christoph Brach, who have become better known by the name of one of their projects, Raw Color, is highly prismatic, covering the spectrum between art, design, photography and color research by mixing the powerful colors of vegetables, innovative color harvesting processes, with unique applications for print and textiles. Each project is created with an astute design sense and captured with stunningly composed photography.

The Eindhoven, Netherlands based team uses color as the 'connection between their different practices' posing questions like, 'what is the nature of a color and what is the connection to its physical state?' This post focuses on their design work. In a pervious posts we covered their research on vegetable pigments, and in an upcoming post we will cover their use of photography.



This is Basic

Planes, shadows, hues and reflections are subject of this research. For this study we have chosen for paper because this material has all appropriate qualities we were looking for. Paper is both flexible and stiff , it has colour, structure, it reflects and absorbs the light. Besides that it is one of the most natural materials for us to work with. By means of folding and cutting two-dimensional sheets are transformed in three-dimensional shapes, that form abstract images and shaded illusions.

The series of posters is part of the installation 'This is Basic'. The big pop-up shapes are triangles, circles and squares, by unfolding the poster the shapes open up and become three-dimensional. This transformation highlights the effect of shadow and reflection on the surfaces and shades.

The series is limited to 8 basic colours, both used for the shapes and the background, that makes 192 possible combinations. For those who are interested, they are for sale!

The booklets were sketches and starting point of our research at the same time. They are based on paper planes, their relation and interaction with each other. The contrasts of cut paper planes form new compositions every time you turn a page.


StrijpX

StrijpX is a design platform established in Eindhoven, showcasing emerging talent in product, fashion and graphic design. The core of this visual identity is the special developed dessin, composed of geometric shapes relating to the letter X. Every layer makes efficient use of the C,M,Y based offset printing process. During the printing the colours are turned on and off to reach a maximum diversity of transparencies, overlaps and colour combinations. The four basic combinations were created in one print run, C/M, C/Y, M/Y, C/M/Y. All on papers from 90, 120 and 250 grams. The offset printed sheets are finalised by a black information layer, adding the specific information of every exhibition. The black is added by the usage of silkscreening, hereby the C,M,Y,K is completed.


Keukenconfessies

For the food design studio 'Keukenconfessies' we searched for a mixture of moods, prints, colours and printing techniques. We were asked to design a ‘logo’ that could change, for this we came up with different, independent shapes coming from food and cooking, some more abstract then others. With these shapes you could mix endless combinations. For the business cards we added a stamp layer, to make the identity a bit more rough and playfull. The identity is based on a simple and strong shape language. For the typography is chosen a black and bold lettertype, it gives a robust feeling next to the colourful shapes. For all the printed matter we used uncoated paper. The stationary paper is only printed on the back site, here the overview from all illustrations are visible, in this case they can use the paper for different occasions.


Other Design Work

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RAW COLOR - RBP Printing with Vegetable Ink

RAW COLOR - RBP Printing with Vegetable Ink


The work of Daniera ter Haar & Christoph Brach, who have become better known by the name of one of their projects, Raw Color, is highly prismatic, covering the spectrum between art, design, photography and color research by mixing the powerful colors of vegetables, innovative color harvesting processes, with unique applications for print and textiles. Each project is created with an astute design sense and captured with stunningly composed photography.

The Eindhoven, Netherlands based team uses color as the 'connection between their different practices' posing questions like, 'what is the nature of a color and what is the connection to its physical state?' This post focuses on their research on vegetable pigments. Two other posts to follow will focus on their design and photography.


“Color is a really nice connection between those disciplines. We use it almost as a material, and it’s transformative the way it can make something seem hard or light or heavy.”

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Women On The Wavelength: Sandra Fettingis - Inspiration

Women On The Wavelength: Sandra Fettingis - Inspiration


March is Women's History Month, and to show our appreciation to all the women who color in our world, we're sharing amazing work and colors from women all month. Today for your color inspiration is the cut acrylic work of Sandra Fettingis, whose recent exhibition filled with neon colors, 'this time things will be different', at Plastic Chapel in Denver, closes March 5th, 2011.

'this time is will be different' at Plastic Chapel

My work draws from influences as far ranging as photographic portraiture, art deco design, modern and contemporary architecture and colorist ideas.

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Etsy Color Love - Blush

Etsy Color Love - Blush


Bright sun, rich florals and saturated grasses can easily dull and washout any blush tone, but place these soft, delicate colors against a stark white and grey winter backdrop and you have something brilliant and beautiful. Winter is the perfect season for blush.

This curated set from Etsy member sweptfromthesea includes a wonderful selection of blush colored items from Etsy. We repost it here for color inspiration and to showcase the great color work you can find in the greater color & design community.



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The Colors of Hildur Asgeirsdóttir Jónsson

The Colors of Hildur Asgeirsdóttir Jónsson


The soft transitions, textures and cascades in Hildur Asgeirsdóttir Jónsson's color use add a certain life to otherwise static landscapes. A selection of her paintings can be viewed below. Her other works includes drawings and embroideries. Hildur was introduced to us by Abigail Doan's blog.

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Weaving Into New Trends

Weaving Into New Trends


Tradiontal crafts have come a long way to make themselves a home in the contemporary art world. And while things like baskets may have held a tightly woven association to the weave, many artists are reinventing these techniques and creating intricately woven sculptures that wouldn't quite fit into the category of traditional woven crafts or, say, The Longaberger Company building. Here is a look at one artist weaving his own path, a recent exhibition, some items found on Etsy, and a few recent patterns from the library, all that embrace the intricacies and textures of the weave.

Kazue Honmas

"Basket has many attractive aspects. Form, Material, Pattern, Function, Images,,,. What charmed me most was structure itself. When I concentrated the way of weaving, my baskets lost the practical side."

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Making Giant Gummi Bears with 'Pimp That Snack'

Making Giant Gummi Bears with 'Pimp That Snack'


Have you ever starred longingly at your (insert favorite snack food) and thought to yourself "man, I wish this was like 5 million times bigger." Yeah, I know you have. Well, lucky for us there's a place where all those giant snack dreams can be realized, and they even give you the recipe to do it. Pimp That Snack is a site where users post their attempts to create classic snack foods of hilarious proportions.

If your still hungry for some inspiration check out these confectionary inspired groups:  foodiefiles, Yummy Colours, Colour My Food, Confectioners Paradise, Candy ShopCANDY MACHINE, Candylovers. And these other colorful food posts: How to Make a Rainbow Cake & Confectionery Colors Creating Art With Food

Giant Gummie Bears

While browsing Craftzine's blog I came across this colorful snack project where honey bears are used as molds to create enormous gummi bears. Here's an excerpt from the entertaining recipe:

Soon enough (about 10 minutes on low) the gummis were all melted, and the magma turned clear. It's all shiny and uniform in color, but still vaguely menacing, and I was expecting it to leap out of the pan and attach itself to my face. My spatula was well and truly stuck to the stovetop at this time, thanks to the crazy-glue consistency of the magma. A word of warning: as anyone who's worked with molten sugar knows, getting this stuff on bare skin is horrifically uncomfortable to say the least. It's really, really hot, and it clings to your skin, so tread carefully when pouring.

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Tracey Melton's Tree Ring Paintings & Other Lovely Layers

Tracey Melton's Tree Ring Paintings & Other Lovely Layers


Tracey Melton's Tree Ring Paintings are made from dead red and white Elm trees and acrylic paint, adding a colorful twist to the natural beauty of the wood.

"My work is a expression of what I sees while hiking and camping in the Appalachian Mountains. It is based on how nature develops, grows, dies, then starts again."

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Unusually Colored Vinyl Records

Unusually Colored Vinyl Records


The black circular world of vinyl records took on a new spin with the introduction of the first picture discs in the 1940's and the widespread use of colored vinyl in the 1970's, setting off a trend of crafted vinyl; a trend that has reemerged in today's small batch record releases popular with DJs and collectors.

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While focus is usually on album cover art, working color & design into the actual record itself adds another layer of craftsmanship, and creates another outlet for special/limited edition records to catch the eye of collectors & enthusiasts.

Here is a selection of some of the colorful endeavors in crafted vinyl records.

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Derek Higgins

Vogue Picture Records: approximately seventy-four titles were produced by Sav-Way Industries of Detroit, Michigan from May 1946 through August 1947. They are highly prized by collectors for their colorful designs.

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