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Landmark Colors:  The Painted Desert, Arizona

Landmark Colors: The Painted Desert, Arizona


The Painted Desert stretches itself across Arizona from the Grand Canyon to the Petrified Forest, and runs along and to the north of the Little Colorado and the Puerco Rivers. Although the Navajo and the Hopi people have lived in this area for one thousand years at least, the name 'Painted Desert' was given by the Spaniards because of its beautifully colored strata.

Colorful Bands

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The colors of the desert are layers upon layers of strata comprised of minerals and organic decaying material, both plants and animals. These hardened dunes, mesas, and buttes can be found through out the badlands, and are distinct because of their bold bands of red, orange, yellow, and grey. Even more dramatic, sunrise and sunrise paint the desert even bolder with glowing reds and oranges, and twilight seizes the strata with its deep blues.

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Interior Design Colors: Domino’s Best Of Issue

Interior Design Colors: Domino’s Best Of Issue


Domino Magazine's latest issue, Best of Decorating 2007 has an interesting section on Paint Colors & Color Trends.

Paint Color Combos - Four utterly of-the-moment pairings (and one rockin' threesome) destined to become palette classics.
 

Cream & Aubergine

Eggplant walls: trimmed with luscious off-white.

Pointing #2003

    Pointing #2003 by Farrow & Ball

 Eggplant #1379

    Eggplant #1379 by Benjamin Moore

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Color Palettes of the Top Grossing Movie Posters

Color Palettes of the Top Grossing Movie Posters


Armin Vit at Speak Up took an amazing look at the 25 movie posters of the top grossing movies of all time.

Not only did he organize the top 25 posters and break them down to simple palettes... He even created a larger image that showed the percentage of color usage for each film rating. Mr. Vit might just be our new best COLOURfriend.

Armin: "I looked for the final theatrical posters - as opposed to teaser or character-specific posters — which most fully represented what people saw on the streets or in movie theaters. Once lined up, I went over them one by one selecting a) the overall or background color, b) one or two of the most visible colors, and c) one or two accent colors. Ignoring any minimum-impact colors along the way. After picking out the colors, I arranged them, via gradients, on a horizontal bar, using the background color as the base and then eyeballing the "amount" of the rest of the colors to create an approximation of the colors you would see if you squinted at the poster or if you had really blurry vision."

          PG-13 Movie Poster Color Palettes

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Color Inspiration from Ales, Lagers & Stouts: Beer!

Color Inspiration from Ales, Lagers & Stouts: Beer!


Beer is the world's oldest and most popular alcoholic beverage. It is produced by the fermentation of sugars derived from starch-based material—the most common being malted barley; however wheat, corn, and rice are also widely used, usually in conjunction with the barley.

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We chose several beers of different types and found colors that were warm browns and golden yellows, even some amber reds and oranges... while even serving some deep, rich browns in the darker beers.

 

Ale

Ale is a type of beer brewed from barley malt with a top-fermenting brewers yeast that ferments quickly, giving a sweet, full body and a fruity, and sometimes butter-like, taste. Most ale contains some herb or spice, usually hops, which imparts a bitter, herbal flavor which balances the malt sweetness. As an appellative ale means any top-fermented beverage made from malt. Many types of ale inclue pale ale, brown ale, dark ale, Belgian ale, German ale, and cream ale.

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India Pale Ale 

India Pale Ale

India Pale Ale is a distinct style of beer and is characterized as a sparkling pale ale with a high level of alcohol and hops; the hops lending it a distinct bitterness.

IPA

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Color Inspiration:  New Seven Wonders of the World

Color Inspiration: New Seven Wonders of the World


Out with the old and in with the new... After one-hundred-million votes from two-hundred countries, we have a new list of the world's Seven Wonders. All of the new wonders share a common old world feel with from very warm-colored stones with which they were constructed. These inspirational colors stand out against the sky and earth that surround them.

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The Great Wall of China 

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China was built, rebuilt, and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire. It linked existing fortifications into a united defense system to better keep invading Mongol tribes out of China. It is the largest man-made monument ever to have been built and it is disputed that it is the only one visible from space. Many thousands of people must have given their lives to build this colossal construction.

Great Wall of China

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Some Summer Color Lovin’ Inspiration

Some Summer Color Lovin’ Inspiration


In looking for great summer colors, I scoured the internet for inspiration. I mostly found summer fashions and make up, but when I finally stopped looking... I found my colours and it turns out that I didn't have to go anywhere else.

Started by Harbinger, the Time for Some Summer Lovin' post has brought out some of the best parts of summer colour love, and we took it another step further...

40+ Summer Inspired Color Palettes

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Colorful Beauty in Nature: Birds

Colorful Beauty in Nature: Birds


In sizes ranging from the tiny hummingbird to the tall earthbound ostrich or emu, Birds of the world show us color in a huge number of arrangements -- 9,000 to 10,000 species to be more exact.

Males mostly do the more vibrant presentations to attract mates, while females are usually muted and earth tone to guard their homes and their eggs, but either way, it seems that birds of a feather have the right idea when it comes to great colors.

A Collection of 18 Beautiful Birds & Their Color Palettes

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aquamarine

 

aquamarine

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Happy Feathery Friday!

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The Seven Chakra Colors

The Seven Chakra Colors


The word 'charka' is derived from 'cakram,' which is Sanskrit for 'wheel' or 'circle.' Tonnes of literature can be found covering what they stand for, what they do to influence our existence, and how to channel them. Being as they're based in color, it was a great place to look for color inspiration. Oddly enough, or perhaps obviously, the colors that represent each chakra coincide with common color symbolism.

Aligning Chakras with Color

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Violet - Crown

Crown Chakra
Related organ: Brain
Personality Traits: Inspirational leaders, kindly and just, humanitarians, self-sacrifing, visionary, creative, and strong mentally. Personal identification with the infinite, oneness with God, peace, wisdom.
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Color Inspiration: Monsters and Dubious Characters

Color Inspiration: Monsters and Dubious Characters


At COLOURlovers we are all about the color love... but over at Mojizu.com they're all about the character art love. There are thousands of very creative, cute & funny creations at Mojizu... but we chose just a handful to bring home and share with you.

20 Creative Characters from Mojizu

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 Hometown  Cheektowaga, NY
  
 Likes  callipygians, charmin, baby powder, butt paste, beeswax, refried beans, combs, bowler hats
  
 Personality  Doesn't say much... He can be a tad uppity though.
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Color Inspiration: Knit Socks of All Sorts

Color Inspiration: Knit Socks of All Sorts


Knitters truly are color lovers. These aren't your average socks... these wonderfully colorful knit socks show a wide variety of the endless possibilities for crafty knitters.

Title photo by paperfacets

A Collection of 20 Colorful Knit Socks

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Falling in Love Socks 

 

Falling in Love Socks

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Started 2/10/07, completed 3/6/07, but I wasn't working very much on them. The first sock went fast. I dawdled on the second.

Pattern here.

The yarn is from KnitPicks, and was dyed specially for me by my awesome Secret Pal, Rachel. The stripes turned out perfectly!

Falling in Love

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