There are so many ways to explore BreakThroughColour, it's hard to know where to begin. Shuffling through the Colours? Cracking the Codes? Building the Cubes? It depends where you're coming from, and where you want to go. Hopefully, you'll find your way through all of it, but for now, since you're here, there's really no better way to get to know BTC than to just leap right in!
LEAP AND LEARN
'Leap Into Colour!' is a series of lessons designed to introduce you to BTC's full collection of colours, codes, cards, and cubes, what they are, and how to use them. It's also a resource for general info about colour in a more abstract way. Read through the posts to learn the language of BTC. If you've got cards, grab 'em and get 'hands on' with BTC's Colour Labs , exercises that will help you learn even more about colour along the way.
LEAP, 2, 3, 4 . . .
Click here to get started with the first of 28 + 1 'Leap' lessons, and carry on from there at your own pace. It's probably best to go through the lessons in order (there's a NEXT 'LEAP' link at the bottom of every lesson), but feel free to go wherever your interest and experience takes you. You can also bookmark the 'LEAP' ARCHIVE, a visual index of the full curriculum.
Add your Comments along the way to share your journey and enthusiasm for colour with others. And if there's anything that has you more muddled up than a tray of finger paints on the first day of preschool, please make sure to get in touch with questions.
LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
Here's a summary of all the lessons, in order. If you see something you'd like to learn more about, click the graphic and leap right to it.
Red, Yellow, Blue? Cyan, Magenta, Yellow? Red, Green, Blue? ROYGBIV? BTC is based on CMY, but it doesn't 'wheely' matter. There's a place for everyone in the colour circle... even the completely hueless. And BTW, it's not a circle (but we'll get to that later...).
TINTS | SHADES | TONES
Anyone who loves colour appreciates the power of pure Hue. But step away from the wheel, and the Tints, Shades, and Tones start to outnumber those colour-full colours. Faded, shaded, and desaturated, this is what happens when Hue loses itself to White, Black, or both.
In some circles, colour is 'additive,' and in others, it's 'subtractive.' We define colours with wavelengths and hexidecimal codes, and we mix them using fractions, ratios, and percentages. For many 'right brain' colour lovers, all this math might not matter, but BTC's 'left brain' Colour Math concepts are easy to learn, and important to know. Don't think of it as math. Think of it as ice cream and pizza...
It's good to get to know colours on their own, and BTC's 8 Corner Colours give us a strong start. But it's the interaction of these colours that exponentially increases our spectrum. Go with the flow, and see what happens when we start making connections.
When it comes to loving colour, every day is February 14. Happy Valentine's Day.
In the 17th Century, Isaac Newton took a point of pure light, split it into a visible spectrum line, and then curved it around to connect with itself in a circular shape, taking colour from 0 to 1 to 2 dimensions. So how do we bring colour into the 21st Century? We plot our CMY with an XYZ and look at colour cubed. Don't think of it as geometry or algebra. Think of it as colour with a whole new dimension.
PLAYING BOTH SIDES
Colour by colours or colour by numbers, BTC is a math-a-magical meeting place between art and science, intuitive and logical, random and rational. Start with one and discover the other, it's colour for both sides of your brain.
MORE CODE SECRETS
Every colour has its elements. Those elements add up to give each colour its own unique formula. Even the pure Hues have a place along the achromatic axis. And digital codes will help you translate BTC to RGB and HEX. Go deeper with these posts and you'll have colour cracked in no time.
BACK TO HUE
From the purest 'element primary ingredients' to an exponentially cubed collection of many, this is colour in 1, 2, and 3 dimensions.
THE LAST LEAP...
...or the first of many more? By the time you leap your way through this intro to BTC, from Hue to hueless, corner to corner, left to right, front to back, top to bottom, inside and outside, Colour Side and Code Side, you will have a new (or newer) view on colour for the 21st Century. You'll know how CMY connects with BTC, but how does BTC connect with you?