1. Color Mixing!


    Color mixing takes place when two or more colors come together to form a different color. There are two basic systems of mixing colors. One system of color mixing takes place when mixing colorants such as paint, ink and dyes.

    The other method of color mixing takes place when two or more colored light sources are combined.  An example of this would be the type of mixing that produces color images on television and computer monitor screens.

    Stage lighting can also make use of color mixing. This happens when various colored stage lights shine on the same area.

    Any two or more colors can be mixed to form different colors. However, only three basic colors are needed to create just about all other colors. For this reason, these are referred to as “primary” colors.

    The three primary colors for mixing paint, ink and dyes are not the same three primary colors that are used when mixing light. So there are two groups of primary colors.


    The three basic colors for mixing paint, ink and dyes have been shown to be cyan, magenta and yellow. Cyan is a bright blue hue. Magenta is a bright deep pink. The yellow is a bright yellow.

    These are the three colors used for the inks and pigments used in both computer printers and for commercial printers. They are the three colors that are used for the dyes in color photo and movie film. The mixing of these three colors in this way is referred to as “subtractive” color mixing.


    The three basic colors for mixing light are red, green and blue. The way light mixes to make other colors is different from what happens when paint or inks are mixed. The results of mixing colored light and mixing paint or dyes are also not the same. For example, red and green paint mix to form a dark brown color. However, red and green light mix to form yellow. The mixing of colored light is referred to as “additive” color mixing.

    All three subtractive colors mix to form black. All three additive colors mix to form white.


    Paint, Ink, Dye




  2. Anonymous said: We grew up knowing the fact that the color pink is for girls. But I heard some of my friends saying that pink is a manly color and blue is the feminine one. I'm confused.

    That’s what I thought at first. But after doing some research about that matter, I found this:

    In Western culture, the practice of assigning pink to an individual gender began in the 1920s. From then until the 1940s, pink was considered appropriate for boys because being related to red it was the more masculine and decided color, while blue was considered appropriate for girls because it was the more delicate and dainty color, or related to the Virgin Mary.Since the 1940s, the societal norm apparently inverted so that pink became appropriate for girls and blue appropriate for boys, a practice that has continued into the 21st century.

    (credits to wikipedia)

    Hope that helped. :)

  3. Yay for colors!

  4. Color Psychology: Do different colors affect your mood?

    by David Johnson

    Like death and taxes, there is no escaping color. It is ubiquitous. Yet what does it all mean? Why are people more relaxed in green rooms? Why do weightlifters do their best in blue gyms?

    Colors often have different meanings in various cultures. And even in Western societies, the meanings of various colors have changed over the years. But today in the U.S., researchers have generally found the following to be accurate.


    Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men. Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains, such as Dracula, often wear black.


    Brides wear white to symbolize innocence and purity. White reflects light and is considered a summer color. White is popular in decorating and in fashion because it is light, neutral, and goes with everything. However, white shows dirt and is therefore more difficult to keep clean than other colors. Doctors and nurses wear white to imply sterility.


    The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent. Decorators say that red furniture should be perfect since it will attract attention.

    The most romantic color, pink, is more tranquilizing. Sports teams sometimes paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.


    The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors. It causes the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.


    Currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature. It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision. It is a calming, refreshing color. People waiting to appear on TV sit in “green rooms” to relax. Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients. Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth. However, seamstresses often refuse to use green thread on the eve of a fashion show for fear it will bring bad luck.


    Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism.


    The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication. It is also feminine and romantic. However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial.


    Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature. Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather. Brown can also be sad and wistful. Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors.

    Colors of the Flag

    In the U.S. flag, white stands for purity and innocence. Red represents valor and hardiness, while blue signifies justice, perseverance, and vigilance. The stars represent the heavens and all the good that people strive for, while the stripes emulate the sun’s rays.

    Food for Thought

    While blue is one of the most popular colors it is one of the least appetizing. Blue food is rare in nature. Food researchers say that when humans searched for food, they learned to avoid toxic or spoiled objects, which were often blue, black, or purple. When food dyed blue is served to study subjects, they lose appetite.

    Green, brown, and red are the most popular food colors. Red is often used in restaurant decorating schemes because it is an appetite stimulant.