Antique Color Wheels

Scientific Illustration posted a gorgeous collection of antique color wheels.

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I love the variety of geometric shapes in this collection; beautiful way to show color relationships.



I will definitely be using some of these in jewelry design (avert your eyes, my artist/designer friends! You may see these images turn up in gifts on your next birthday!)





6 Responses to “Antique Color Wheels”

  1. Beautiful diversion from modern pantone charts. Colors were in bygone eras were warm, rich yet subtle palettes, mostly because they resorted to all-natural earthen ingredients. I always like checking the antique dates on stuff, it’s a consistent reminder people were us and us them. In fact some ancient theorists propose the evolutionary existence of the human species is on constant rotation; we begin anew dumb as rocks, then we evolve to Godlike status in about an aeon when there’s a mass extinction and the earth begins afresh. I personally don’t believe it but it submits ponder. The moral is we are no better than our predecessors, only luckier in evolution for the most part. To do think I got this from color charts.

  2. Spooky! I’ve just spent the evening drawning up a colour wheel so I could divide wools into zingy combinations (Fellow artists, remember those complementary sets from colour theory?). Wish I’d dropped by here first though, as it would’ve saved me so much time!

    The colourful wools are being used to make cat toys (filled with catnip and/or tinkly bells) for a friend’s Siamese who, at only two years old, is slowly going blind (A genetic condition apparently; so sad, poor sweet baby!)

    Anyway, he’s a real fighter: a very happy little boy, who absolutely LOVES to play fetch – so I’m hoping woolly balls which are smelly, noisy, and also very colourful, will allow him to enjoy his favourite game just a little bit longer.

    Thanks Dana, for once again being so ‘On the (woolly) Ball’ with your blog! 😉 -Nx

    • I don’t think Dana would mind me replying since she knows me well enough. My very first-ever cat I ever held in my child arms was a Siamese, her name was bluebell because of her big blue eyes. She too went steadily blind but when she got older and eventually passed peacefully asleep on a window sill. I’ve had several cats in my life that went blind or blind enough. It brings me peace knowing when they do pass away, they’ll be able to see again on the other side.
      So you can only imagine Neta how strongly I empathized with your comment. Like you once blessed me about caring for misunderstood crows, I want to bless you for being such a kind soul and bothering to knit that wonderful cat toy. Glad there’s good people out there.
      Okay Dana, I’m hanging up now. 99

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Neta, that is a BEAUTIFUL gesture. I am cat person, through and through, so this really touched my heart.

  3. What a lovely message KEric, thank you so much!

    Yep, I think you’ve definitely earned the right to add a few extra replies; it’s just that, as I don’t know Dana personally, I always feel a little rude doing it myself – kinda like I’m hijacking her blog (Oh dear, and now I’m talking about her in the third person ~~Waves to Dana~~ 🙂 )

    I should also say (which I forgot to before) that the colour wheels are extremely beautiful. It’s always such a joy dropping by here – you just never know what you’ll find next (though you can pretty much guarantee whatever it is, it’ll be fascinating!) -Nx

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Nx & KE…all conversation, thoughts, impressions, memories, etc. are welcome here and deeply appreciated!

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