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Color Inspiration in the Air: Hot Air Balloons in Every Hue

Color Inspiration in the Air: Hot Air Balloons in Every Hue


The year was 1783, and the world's first air balloon "flight" was about to be completed on October 15 in France by a balloon named the "Aerostat Reveillon." Piloting the launch was French scientist Jean-Franíçois Pilí¢tre De Rozier, and while to some, the "flight," which saw the balloon basically lofting to the end of a 250-foot tether, and hovering there mid-air for roughly 15 minutes, before landing safely nearby, would seem lackluster at best nowadays, at the time, it was a revolutionary aerobatic accomplishment.

Just a mere 30 days later, De Rozier and co-pilot Marquis d'Arlandes braved alighting untethered this time, soaring unattached to a height of 500 feet, and traversing nearly 5.5 miles, to achieve the first official "free flight" made by man.

We've come a long way since that day (thank you, Wright brothers, and beyond!), and so, we are dedicating this blog to the humble hot air balloon beginnings of our world of aviation! Below are some beautifully, colorful favorites, along with the palettes they've inspired. We'd love to see your own state fair or balloon rally photo snaps and personal palettes as well, Colourlover community! Cheers, and happy flying!

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Yellow to You

1-Yellow to You Too

Yellow_to_You_Too

Plum Tickled

2-Plum Tickled

Plum_Tickled

Cacti Affair 

3-Cacti Affair

Cacti_Affair

Striped Sky

4-Striped Sky

Striped_Sky

Rainbow Whirled

5-Rainbow Whirled

Rainbow_Whirled

Check Me Out

6-Check Me Out

Check_Me_Out

Swirled Piece

7-Swirled Piece

Swirled_Piece

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Color Inspiration in Body Art: Thrilling Tattoos with Ink in Every Hue

Color Inspiration in Body Art: Thrilling Tattoos with Ink in Every Hue


Although our current generations may be under the impression that the hard rockers of the 80s and 90s first brought the art of tattooing to the scene, humans have, in fact, been marking their bodies with (at least a form of) tattoos for thousands of years.  According to facts and studies on remains uncovered by scientists at the Smithsonian, these permanent designs, which ran the gamut from being quite plain scrawls, to elaborately detailed designs, were always greatly personal in nature, and symbolized something very intimate to the wearer.

These tattoos could be amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, signs of religious beliefs, adornments, and even in some cases, forms of punishment. Today, although branding is still practiced, tattoos are mainly used for personal adornment, and have evolved to embrace a kaleidoscope of vibrant designs, and of course, our favorites, colors! Seen below are those celebrating their own unique tastes and personalities via donning tats in every shade of the rainbow, as well as the palettes they inspired. We'd love to see your own (tasteful, PG-rated!) tattoos and your palettes they inspire as well, Colourlover community! So chime in below with your unique additions in the comment sections, with a badge linking us to your palettes! We'd love to see your imaginative inspirations, too!

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If You're A Bird

1-If You're a Bird

If_Youre_a_Bird

Gypsy Queen

2-Gypsy Queen

Gypsy_Queen

Flower Power

3-Flower Power

Flower_Power

Menagerie

4-Menagerie

Menagerie

Kit-tea for Tat-two

5-Tea for Ta-two

Tea_for_Ta-Two

My Little Tattoo

6-My Little Tattoo

My_Little_Tattoo

Fly By

7-Fly By

Fly_By

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Color Inspiration in Fun: A Kaleidoscope of Rainbow Festivals

Color Inspiration in Fun: A Kaleidoscope of Rainbow Festivals


Do you have a favorite childhood memory of a local festival, state county fair, or school carnival that you looked forward to going to with your family and friends each year? We sure do. And with those sweet memories, come equally sweet (and delicious) recollections of all the accompanying food that so often could be found there....puffy clouds of pastel cotton candy (pinks, blues, lavenders, oh my!), funnel cakes dusted delicately with clouds of sprinkled sugar, psychedelic shades of syrupy snow cones, and so much more. The tastes are special to be sure, but those colors of these carnivals, matchless! Gathered here are some vibrant captures of super fun carnivals, festival, and fairs, with the color palettes their images inspired. We'd love to see your very own photos from real state fair and festival visits, and your shared links to your own Colourlover palettes to match! So read on, enjoy, and post away in the comment section, revealing your own unique personality (and palettes!)

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Golden Ringlet

1-Golden Ringlet

Clowning Around

2-Clowning Around

Firedance

3-Firedance

Whirled of Fun

4-Whirled of Fun

Give Em the Chair!

5-Give Em the Chair!

 

Swing Dance

6-Swing Dance

Raise the Flag

7-Raise the Flag

 

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Color Inspiration in Nature: Insects Infused with a Rainbow of Hues

Color Inspiration in Nature: Insects Infused with a Rainbow of Hues


Let's face it. When it comes to insects, most people don't like being "bugged" one bit! And although these critters often offer positive benefits, many also come with negative attributes as well, such as biting, buzzing, stinging, and in some cases, stinking! But as we always like to seek out the positives, we've gathered below some of the most beautiful-colored bugs of the world, and presented the color palettes they've inspired also. Feel free to add on your favorite insect ideas, photos, and palette creations in the comment section as well. We always love Community input, and inspiration!

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ORCHARD ORBWEAVER OMM

1-orchard orbweaver ommm

orchard_ordweaver_om

CECROPIA MOTH CATERPILLAR MAGIC 

2-Cecropia moth caterpillar magic

MOTH_CATERPILLAR_MAG

BUGGIN' OUT

3-buggin out

 

Buggin_Out

 RAINBOW WINGS

4-Rainbow Wings

Rainbow_Wings

FUCHSIA FLY-BY

5-Fuschia Fly-by

Fuchsia_Fly-By

YOU LIL' STINKER

6-You Lil' Stinker

You_Lil_Stinkbug

ORANGE YOU SOMETHIN'

7-Orange You Something

Orange_You_Somthin

FLAGGISH FLY

8-Flagggish Flies

Flaggish_Fly

SPOTTED YOU!

9-I Spotted You

Spotted_You!

AM I BUGGIN' YOU?

10-Am I Buggin You?

 

Am_I_Buggin_You

 

 

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Color Inspiration in Art: Fingerpainting a Fantasia of Rainbows

Color Inspiration in Art: Fingerpainting a Fantasia of Rainbows


Who remembers when getting messy was synonymous with being FUN?! We sure do, and   one of our favorite ways of really getting knee (or hands!) deep in the thick of it all was fingerpainting! Whether a simple, after school arts and crafts project to while away the afternoon or more sophisticated designs and swirls on canvas made by the bigger kid (okay, maybe us adults too), there's just something cathartic, and oh-so-joyful about dunking your fingers in a dab of rainbow paint and letting your inner artist shine, and swirl, (outside those lines!) Here are some super fun (and colorful) master finger painters, along with the color palettes their creations inspired. Feel free to jump in and post your own!

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Bon Apetit 

1-Bon Apetit

Bon_Apetit

Peace Out

2-Peace Out

Peace_Out

Splatter Shadows

3-Splatter Shadows

Splatter_Shadows

Pinky Swirl

4-Pinky Swirl

Pinky_Swirl

Hands Up!

5-Hands Up

Hands_Up

Goggles N' Goop

6-Goggles N' Goop

Goggles_N_Goop

Purple Palms

7-Purple Palms

Purple_Palms

Rainbow Dining

8-Rainbow Dining

Rainbow_Dining

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Color Inspiration in Fantasy: A Superhero in Every Shade!

Color Inspiration in Fantasy: A Superhero in Every Shade!


Superman. The Incredible Hulk. Wonder Woman. Spiderman. The list goes on, when it comes to those world-famous super heroes of our childhood (and hey, let's face it--adulthood!) dreams. But what about the lesser-known awesome-sauce caped and masked crusaders in our midst?!?! Paying homage to you, and you, and you out there--who are colorfully keeping our earth protected, and in some cases...well, peculiar--we salute you! Dedicated to the secret, everyday superheroes out there, here is a smattering of our favorite colorful, caped crusaders, and the palettes they're super-ness has inspired.

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SPIDEY SHADES

1-Spidey Shades

Spidey_Shades

RAINBOW HERO

2-Rainbow Hero

Rainbow_Hero

ROCKIN' ROBIN

3-Rockin' Robin

Rockin_Robin

PONDERING GREATNESS

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Pondering_Greatness

SUPER TRIO

5-Super Trio

Super_Trio

SUPER TREE-RO

6-Super Tree-ro

Super_Tree-ro

LADY GREATS

7-Lady Greats

Lady_Greats

SPEC-TACULAR

SONY DSC

 

Spec-tacular

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Color Inspiration in Hair: Lovely Rainbow Locks

Color Inspiration in Hair: Lovely Rainbow Locks


From spiky, punk-inspired mohawks of myriad colors to long, luscious tresses tinged with every imaginable color of the rainbow, these hairstyles redefine what it means to add a bit of personality into your look! We are loving each of these inspirational new dos, and the palettes they've awakened in our imaginations! Feel free to add your on photos of your personal (and colorful!) hairdos (or don'ts!) throughout the years, along with the palettes that match, in the comments section below, with badges and the like! We're waiting, and excited to share in the trip down memory mane!

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RAINBOW BRITE

1-Rainbow Brite

Rainbow_Brite

PRISM WORLD

2-Prism World

Prism_World

PASTEL PRETTY

3-Pastel Pretty

Pastel_Pretty

BUBBLE GUM WRAPPER

4-Bubble Gum Wrapper

Bubble_Gum_Wrapper

LAVENDER GARDEN

5-Lavender Garden

Lavender_Garden

MERMAID HUES

6-Mermaid Hues

 

Mermaid_Hues

PINKIE SWEAR

7-Pinkie Swear

Pinkie_Swear

TOP IT OFF WITH COLOR

8-Top It Off With Color

 

Top_It_Off

ORANGE YOU COLORFUL?

9-Orange You Colorful?

Orange_You_Colorful

EMERALD OF OZ

10-Emerald of Oz

 

Emerald_of_Oz

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Color Inspiration in Fashion: Colorful Kicks and Shoes of Every Shade

Color Inspiration in Fashion: Colorful Kicks and Shoes of Every Shade


Happy Feet is more than just an animated movie title for these next ten swoon-worthy palette creations. When it comes to colorful things, shoes have long been synonymous with being literal walking declarations of their wearers' own unique (and colorful) personalities. From vibrant patterns to bright polka dots and other patterns and designs, the super shades of the rainbow that these kicks represent are really what is wowing us, too! Gathered here are some of our favorite, fun feet fashions, and the color palettes they inspired. We'd love for you guys to "Step in" and submit (via the comment section below) some of your own personal snapshots of your favorite colorful shoes, and created palettes based on each!

RAINBOW KICKS

1-Rainbow Kicks

Rainbow_Kicks

HI-TOP HUES

2-Hi-Top Hues

Hi-Top_Hues

GRAPE STOMP

3-Grape Stomp

Grape_Stomp

PLATFORM PIZAZZ

4-Platform Pizazz

Platform_Pizazz

VANDERLAND

5-Vanderland

Vanderland

SEEING STARS

6-Seeing Stars

Seeing_Stars

PRETTY FLOWERS

7-Pretty Flowers

Pretty_Flowers

FEMME FEETAL

8-Femme Feetal

Femme_Feetal

BOOGETY BOOTS

9-Boogety Boots

Boogety_Boots

PINK PUDDLES

10-Pink Puddles

 

Pink_Puddles

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Color Inspiration: Coastal Cities in Every Shade

Color Inspiration: Coastal Cities in Every Shade


When it comes to colorful, these coastal cities corner the market on mesmerizing hues every shade of the rainbow. From the sunny seaside towns of Europe to the far corners of the globe, these whimsical port cities are surrounded by water and swathed in color!

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Riomaggiore Radiance

1-Riomaggiore - Cinque Terre, Italy

Riomaggiore_Radiance

Lights Over Liguria 

3-Genoa in Liguria, Italy

Lights_over_Liguria

Parga Palette

2-Parga

Parga_Palette

Lovely Lipa

4-city of Lipa of Batangas in the Philippines

Lovely_Lipa

Vernazza Views

5-Italy, Cinque Terre, Vernazza

Vernazza_Views

Kinsale Kaleidoscope 

6-Kinsale, Cork, Ireland

Kinsale_Kaleidoscope

Bright-On Brighton

8-Brighton Pier, Brighton, Sussex, England

Bright-on

Pothia Palette

9-Pothia. Kalymnos island, Dodecanese, Greece

Pothia_Palette

Pittenweem Portrait

10-Pittenweem fishing village on the North Sea in Scotland

Pittenweem_Portrait

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Color Inspiration in Food:  Kid Cereals and Colors Collide!

Color Inspiration in Food: Kid Cereals and Colors Collide!


What kid doesn't love color? Or adult with a kid still inside, for that matter! And add to color, copious amounts of sugar, fun shapes, and the like? And you get pretty much every favorite one of our kid cereals growing up! We've rounded up below just a few of our go-to childhood morning munchies, and the color palettes they inspired. We'd love to hear what YOUR favorite kiddo cereal was (and still is?!), as well as get a gander at some of your very own color palettes that each crunchy spoonful suggested to your creative artist paintbrush heart!

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COCOA CRAZINESS

1-Cocoa Craziness

Cocoa_Craziness

CHOC. FULL O' COLOR

2-Choc. Full O Color

Choc._Full_O_Color

SPORTIN' KIX

3-Sportin' Kix

Sportin_Kix

FEELIN' LUCKY

4-Feelin' Lucky

Feelin_Lucky

APPLE JACK N' JILL

SONY DSC

Apple_Jack_N_Jill

CHEERY OHS

6-Cheery Ohs

Cheery_Ohs

TRIX O' THE TRADE

7-Trix of the Trade

Trix_O_The_Trade

CALL ME CAP'N

8-Call Me CapN'

Call_Me_CapN

FRUITY PEBBLE PIZAZZ

9-Fruity Pebble Pizazz

Fruity_Pebble_Pizazz

FEELIN' LOOPY

10-Feelin' Loopy

 

Feelin_Loopy

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