Have you heard of the magazine called Mental Floss? It’s a magazine that has “random, interesting, amazing facts,” according to their website. I don’t have an opinion about the amazing part, but it really does have random and interesting down pat, and I am not a trivia person. Just don’t see the need to have all that extraneous cluttering up my mind.
The magazine also has its own Facebook page, where I saw this little nugget of information–11 Colors That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of. Now we weavers are all about color, so of course I had to check it out. And they were right, I had never heard of most of these colors: sarcolene, coquelicot, smaragdine, mikado, glaucous, wenge, fulvous, xanadu, falu, eburnean, and amaranth. I’ve known that amaranth grain was used by ancient peoples, and you can still buy the seeds today, but I did not know about the color, which makes sense when you look at the picture of the flower.
Another example of random, interesting (weird?) facts from Mental Floss: The Dirty Etymology of 9 Everyday Words Etymology. Gotta love it!
Black and white of the magenta yarns
In a rag weaving workshop, I remember the instructor saying that when you don’t like the colors in a design, it most often is because of value. And that’s the first time I heard of the Ruby Beholder.
Usually you just know if a color doesn’t go with the others, there are other ways to check the value in the colors we choose. I took a black and white photo, thinking of the gray scale, but you can use an actual gray scale finder. Still another way is to use red or green filters. The handy tools come to us mostly from the world of quilters.
While looking at my magenta yarns again the other day, I decided to get out the color wheel. When I pulled open the drawer that held it, I found something better, the 3-in-1 tool by Joen Wolfrom.
Color tool contents
This tool has separate pages for lots of colors, from yellow green to aqua green, with all of their variations on little color rectangles on each page, AND there are also two filters, both green and red. If you want to read a bit more, all of the tools can be found on Amazon here.
Until I saw the article in the WSJ this morning, I had totally forgotten about Pantone and its color of the year. How could that happen! There’s even a video. I wanted the graphic at the bottom of the print edition page, but alas, it was not to be. But in my search, I went to Pantone’s website. It’s worth a look to just see their slideshow of green things–ahem, emerald things. In addition, there is a link
to the Pinterest page. For someone who loves color, well, it’s wonderful. Color everywhere!I saw this on their products page, and was interested enough to go to Dick Blick and find out more. Sad to say that the reviews weren’t good.
I bought this last summer. Is it green? Turquoise? Was I ahead of the trend or still trailing behind?
What do you think of Emerald?