LEAP!Tracy HolmesComment

Before we begin our second week of 'Leap Into Colour!' take some time to play with your Colour Cards, shuffling and then sorting, mixing up and then matching, searching and sequencing according to the variations we explored in Week 1. Here's a quick review . . .



Colour Basics  |  6 Corner Hues + 6 Connector Hues + White + Black + Grey

Referencing cards from both the Colour Basics deck and the BTC deck, the first part of this series focused first on the HUES (because that's where all the colour is, and that's why we're all here, right?). We went to the other extreme and looked at colour in BLACK & WHITE. From there, we were able to mix all the Hues with the hueless, and learn about TINTS, SHADES, and TONES.

By the end of Day 6, we had turned our original six Colour Basics Corner Hues into a full collection of 48 Hue variations, plus those plain and simple True Greys that add true Value to our understanding of colour, even when there's no colour at all.

Here's a look back at the colour wheel from Day 1, showing 12 Hues, and their Tints, Shades, Tones, in concentric rings towards a hueless hub:

And here are those same colours sorted into four-of-a-kind sets, according to their base Hue:

Colour Basics     |  48 cards in 12 sets of four-of-a-kind: Hue + Tint + Shade + Tone

Colour Basics  |  48 cards in 12 sets of four-of-a-kind: Hue + Tint + Shade + Tone

This is just one of the many, many ways that you can sort and sequence your Colour Cards. Unlike colours that are fixed in place as wedges around a wheel, Colour Cards can be moved, mixed, and matched according to the properties of Hue, Value, and Saturation. They can be combined into different colour schemes; use traditional rules, or give them your own spin. They can be used as a reference to analyze, explore, and be inspired by colour in the real world: grab your cards and go on a 'colour safari'!

Context can also play a huge role in how you perceive each colour, so be sure to really indulge in a mash-up or two. Pick a card (any card) and pair it with any or many others, taking note of how colours can shift, chameleon-like, when they interact with one another.

Use the Colour Squares to look for and learn about common components and patterns, or fan your cards to hide what's 'inside' and put your colour sense to the test. The more you play, the more you'll train your brain to see each colour for what it is, on its own, or with one or more or all of the rest.