Period Pigments And Color Use

Cutting from Pope Innocent VIII’s service books.   I’ve run into the color use question again. You know, “What colors were used when and where?” My blog post today will be short, but the blog question’s answer could fill a book. Instead, I’ll give you a link to my 2013 class handout Period Pigments and Color Use. The lengthy handout is only a guide, a place to start. Today’s research into making the enlivening sumptuous manuscript colors divulges a diverse rainbow of hues derived from plants, minerals, and metals. I hope my guide encourages you to look deeper into the amazing colors displayed in illuminated manuscripts. External Link: Colour. The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts

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How Well Do You Distinguish Colors?

I’ve been known to get into some vivid color discussions with artists. I seem to see colors more intensely or acutely than even my hairdresser. Perhaps I’m just more dogged about the concept. Even so, occasionally I’m out done.  Luttrell Psalter Heures du Duc de Berry Color determination, being able to see the difference between colors, is essential to an artist. As a scribe it is crucial to selecting colors that emulate your chosen inspiration source.  There’s a big difference in the colors in the Luttrell Psalter and those in Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. As an art student or scribe, would this change your ability to learn about art? Would it affect how you paint? No matter your artistic style, would you change how you paint if you don’t see colors the same as those who view your work?  Knowing how you see color is a step to answering those questions. Below are BuzzFeed quizzes to help you casually assess where you fit on the color determination scale. These fun quizzes will give you a clue to the next step on your scribal journey. Are You Actually Color Blind What Colors Can You Actually See Can You Pass This Difficult Color Mixing Test This Trippy Pattern Quiz Will Determine How Well You See Color If you are interested to learn more, as part of their free online color theory classes, The Student Art Guide website tells how […]

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