Sunday, March 15, 2009

How to Use Color

The Theory and Practice of Color by Bonnie E. Snow and Hugo B. Froehlich is available as an ebook st

It was published in 1918 and included actual paint chips to illustrate the color wheel providing an unusually accurate depiction of colors for the student to learn from. The charts include the primary colors, the binary or secondary colors, tints which is the addition of white, shades, complimentary colors and shades made by the addition of black or gray, primary colors, binary colors and hues, colors in full intensity and grayed colors, colors in one-half and one-fourth intensities, analogous color schemes and complimentary color schemes.

I recently came across an Arabic Language web page which teaches the use of color using illustrations from my site. - The colors and how to use them. Here is an attempt at a translation of the site:

"Interest in the phenomenon of healthy color, and the person who loves color coordination and follow up at his home and his office and its surroundings, or the practical life in general, is a human being no doubt with lot of interest, culture and organization.

There is what is known as the wheel of color shown under the form above, within the wheel of color three colors of equal distance from each other form a triangle of color, the triangle produces harmony in all colors.

Often consistent with the constituent colors of the tricolor with each other. And the primary colors in the colors red, yellow and blue colors of the triangle. The secondary colors green, orange and purple are each a mixture of primary colors. These colors are of also the same distance apart as the primary colors. The color is a medium-color mix of primary and secondary another. In between each primary and secondary color is a third color which is a mixture of the two. It is called the tertiary color.

A technical reading of the colors and it is known for example, the rules of color or the color of fire is always dangerous red is the color of heat and the opposite of a cold, dark blue."

Books by Bonnie E. Snow and Hugo B. Froehlich:

The Theory and Practice of Color

A Course Of Study In Art: For The First Five Years In School (1904)

A hundred things a girl can make,

Other books on color at

Color Mixing Bible: All You'll Ever Need to Know about Mixing Pigments in Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Gouache, Soft Pastel, Pencil, and Ink

Color Mixing Recipes

Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits: More than 500 Color Combinations for skin, eyes, lips & hair

Link to another color wheel at the syllabus for a Stanford University Graphics Course.

Another link to the same image with some notes on the author Philipp Otto Runge.

The History of Colour Systems at BibliOdyssey.

Farben-Kugel; oder, Construction des Verhältnisses aller Mischungen der Farben zu einander, und ihrer vollständigen Affinität, mit angehängtem Versuch einer Ableitung der Harmonie in den Zusammenstellungen der Farben. Nebst einer Abhandlung über die Bedeutung der Farben in der Natur, von Heinrik Steffens - The book at the Internet Archives.

More images of color systems.

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