Gorgeous Colour Inspiration – The Original Pantone Book

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If you’ve ever dabbled in an art or design class, or even tried picking a paint colour for your latest reno – you’re probably familiar with the Pantone book of colours.  Each year Pantone comes out with it’s “Colour of the Year” which is then seen throughout fashion, beauty and home decor trending (2014’s Colour of the Year is Radiant Orchid).

Back in 1692 a Dutch artist, A. Boogert, wanted to document all the different ways to mix watercolours by adding water to each hue.  He indexed every single colour in this magnificent 800 page document, all done by hand of course. The book was actually made for educational purposes to be used as a manual – however since it was done by hand it would have only had a small readership.

I thought this was pretty amazing to see – a true testament to dedication to art, colour and not to mention – a ton of patience and a steady hand 🙂

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