a bit of colour history…

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10/10/2012 by Sarah Ritchie

Velo's Crayola Color Chart, 1903-2010

Velo’s Crayola Color Chart, 1903-2010 (Stephen von Worley)

If there is one commercial sector which does colour VERY well, it is that which is inelegantly labeled “art supplies” – a title which poorly matches the heights of bliss contained within.

When you get a moment, it is a highly interesting exercise to read about companies such as Golden Artist Colors (paints) or Derwent (pencils): how they started, how they manufacture their products and the ranges they supply.

Stephen von Worley has written an amusing reflection about the evolution of the Crayola colour range (from 1903 to 2010). The range evolved from 8 colours in 1903 to a 120-colour palette in 2010.

I look at the colour selection that I would have had access to as a child (in the block after 1972). It was still a pretty impressive selection – more than enough for my child-ish creativity to utilise – and the range looks like it has doubled since then. Lucky 21st Century kiddies! I wonder how many of them use more than, say, 10 of those 120 colours in any one drawing? And a prize surely should go to the child who has managed to use them all!

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