The Crayon Books

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Ever since I was a little a girl, a fresh box of Crayola Crayons has made my heart so happy. That yellow and green branded box held so much possibility and potential creative outlets. My ‘artbrain’ liked to imagine that each color had a it’s own personality, opinions, and origin stories. Like Jungle Green was a really laid back fellow from Costa Rica and Burnt Sienna was from a cattle ranch out West. We had some really good times, my crayon friends and I, as I learned to color in{and OUT}side the lines. I even remember the first time I bought a box of crayons for my son, imagining we would be spending time coloring side by side, that vision wasn’t very realistic when he was only 18 months old, ha!

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Then one day my childhood fantasies of a crayon world became a “reality” in the pages of a Christmas gift from Tio Russ. Our beloved Tio, had bought the boys two fantastic books about a set of crayons who wrote letters to their owner. The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, are now staple readings and gifts in the DG house.

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The Day the Crayons Quit is a series of letters to a poor little boy, Duncan, from his unhappy crayons. Each color has it’s own grievance from being overly used to being naked! Duncan just wants his crayons to be happy, so in the end he comes up with a creative solution to take care of his “friends.”

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The Day the Crayons Came Home is equally as witty and cheeky and introduces us to some other colors including the geographically challenged Neon Red Crayon and the egocentric Pea Green aka Esteban the Magnificent. Let me tell you the giggles that I hear when my oldest reads these letters to himself make my heart sing!

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These books are perfect for elementary age children and parents –  I promise you will laugh out loud too. The fantastic child-like handwritings and illustrations by Oliver Jeffers brings each crayon to life. New readers will enjoy conquering each letter and older readers, for example, can use the series to learn about the use of perspective in literature. In addition, the The Crayon Books website has educational materials for teachers and parents. Full disclosure, I just found about about the two new additions to the crayon book universe, The Crayons’ Book of Numbers and The Crayons’ Book of Colors while researching for this post and have since order them for my 3 year old.  

My family highly recommends these fun and creative crayon books it.  They combine our love for reading, color, and laughter perfectly. I am genuinely inspired by Drew and Oliver’s collaboration as well.

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If you are a fan like us, go check out the Every Crayon Counts site and share your thoughts…um, I mean, support for the Crayons Union! #supportthecrayons #thedaythecrayonsquit #everycrayoncounts

Color on!

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Exploring Colour

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Colour is an amazing gift in life. A blessing of visual flavour.

It influences an individual’s perceptions whether they realise it or not.

Colour can be used to attract attention and identify a certain style. A person will generally make an assessment of a brand, object or space within the first 90 seconds and 90% of that will be based on the colours used. It is important however, to note that the psychology of colour can affect different people in different ways. Factors such as age, gender, and culture all play an important role.

We could write for hours upon hours about colour and it’s power and influence, so instead of writing the world’s longest blog post, for the sake you, our reader, we will breaking down the subject bringing you regular doses of related posts to inspire and enlighten you to the depth and beauty it adds to our world, sign-up to follow along.

Lets start at the very structure and core of colour theory.

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The Colour Wheel

Our starting point is the 3 primary colours; Red, Yellow, and Blue. These are referred to as primary because they cannot be made by mixing any other colour together. They are the 3 pillars of  all colour.

When you mix equal parts of Red, Blue, and Yellow together you will create Brown, which in the colour world is a neutral mix of colours.

Now when you mix 2 primary colours together in equal parts you will create a secondary colour. The make up the secondary colours are:

Red + Yellow = Orange | Blue + Yellow = Green | Red + Blue = Purple.

Now take it one step further. When you mix an equal part of a primary colour with an equal part of a secondary colour you create a tertiary colour, for example:

Blue + Green = BlueGreen &  Red + Orange = RedOrange

The Colour Wheel

Opposite colours on the colour wheel are referred to as complimentary colours. For example: red is positioned directly opposite the colour green. Green and red are complimentary colours. But why are they called Complimentary colours? Because when you mix equal parts of Red and Green (or Blue + Yellow) together you create  that neutral brown, as we mentioned above. Hence, completing the colour circle, and complimenting each other.

With this knowledge future articles on colour should make a lot more sense. We will learn how colour affects mood, styles, perspectives. We will learn where certain colours derived from and how they were discovered over time. We will teach you how to create colour pallets from ordinary moments in life and what to do with them.

There is definitely more to colour than just first appearances. They have personalities, and should to be known, understood and deeply loved! Can you tell we are passionate about colour? What is your favorite color, how does it make you feel? We would love to hear from you!

xoxo,

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