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In the spring of 2015, adult coloring books hit the American market, climbing quickly to the top of Amazon's Best Seller list. Coloring pages for adults started appearing on Pinterest, and completed designs were proudly showcased on Facebook. Choices in crayons, gel markers and colored pencils became the topic of artsy discussions, as did highlighting and shading techniques. It seems the adult world had rediscovered the simple joys of colouring.
In truth, coloring books have been around for some time. In the 1880s, McLoughlin Brothers published “The Little Folks' Painting Book.” Richard Outcault introduced “Buster's Paint Book” in 1907, one of the first coloring books that would be designed to advertise everything from pianos to tobacco. Milton Bradley created its own line art in the 1920s, but it wasn't until the 1930s that crayons were invented, and a much less-messy medium increased the popularity of colouring pictures.
Very quickly, educators realized the value of kids' coloring pages. Not only could they keep restless hands busy during story time, but they also encouraged conceptual understanding, developed cognitive abilities, improved fine motor skills and might even be “spiritually edifying.” As a non-verbal medium, colouring sheets could be a valuable tool in ESL classes. They could also be used to motivate unwilling students to learn material they would otherwise find uninteresting.
Colors are an important part of weddings. When you first think of the word wedding you will naturally think of white. That is the natural color of Western weddings. Yet every wedding will have a color scheme. A color scheme is important because it helps unify everything. And by everything I mean the dresses, the flowers, the tablecloths and anything else you can think of that goes into a wedding. In this article, we're gonna talk about how to choose colors for your wedding in 2016.
Wedding Traditions and Colors
White is the color of weddings. The reason for this goes back a couple of hundred years and Queen Victoria. She wanted to show off some expensive lace that she had received. And white was the best way to do that. Another reason why white has been associated with weddings was because it was a way to show off your wealth. In historical times, you were truly wealthy if you could afford to wear a white dress because that meant you knew if it got dirty, then you can afford to throw it away. But colors go beyond white in any wedding. Let's look at some of the ways colors are used in a wedding.
Wedding Theme and Colors
It's popular that when you plan a wedding you choose a theme. It could be something like Western. Or fairytale. Or getting more specific like a peacock. In each of these themes certain colors will naturally align. For example, in a fairytale wedding, you will think of reds and pinks. Meanwhile, for a peacock wedding, you will think of blues and greens. And there's a lot away you can get green into wedding colors. In particular anything that has flowers and, of course, the actual bouquets. Yet each wedding season will also bring their own color trends.
For the first time in the 16 years that Pantone has been announcing its “Color of the Year,” two complementary, mid-tone shades are sharing this prestigious honor. Rose Quartz #13-1520 and Serenity #15-3919 are the interesting winners. Yes, the colors pale pink and equally gentle light blue are paired together for a combination effect that appeals more to emotions than ever before.
Unquestionably, 2015 was a stressful year globally. Because Pantone chooses its color of the year as a reflection of and response to societal trending, the calming, peaceful feelings evoked by these two non-threatening shades makes more sense in a nervous and unpredictable world. Rose Quartz has been described as gentle, persuasive, compassionate and composed. Serenity's blue tone captures the imagination with descriptions such as airy, weightless, relaxing, and tranquil. Pictures of endless sky come to mind. Put the two sweet colors together, and the effect is one of peaceful balance.
A second reason why these colors were chosen together is even more intriguing. Culturally, it would seem that the gender divide is narrowing rapidly lately. People are rebelling against the idea of being defined by the color and style of colors they choose to wear to express their personality and gender. The modern day connotation of pink for girls and blue for boys is being loudly challenged on the fashion runways, in Hollywood, and in the shopping malls and streets of America. Placing pink and blue side-by-side is a subtle way of blurring the contrasts by reflecting a new gender equality and fluidity.
With holiday gift giving just around the corner, the current color trends in jewelry might be fairly predictable: Everyone loves the sparkle of the traditional reds available in ruby, garnet and tourmaline, and the greens of emerald, peridot and tsavorite. Throw in some strategically placed diamonds, and you have a recipe for beautiful, eye-catching jewelry that will summon oohs and aahs when your gift is opened.
However, Christmas jewelry gifts are by no means limited to these two colors. This year's 2015 options include blues, pinks, gold, and romantic, dramatic combinations such as black/red, black/grey and black/deep crimson. Tribal jewelry themes are still popular and include a collection of deep rich, gemstone colors. Candy-colored quartz cocktail rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings will be fun and festive.
The primary influencers for jewelry colors are exactly the same as for the fashion world in general. Italy and France set the new trends and the rest of the world, including this country, responds by creating new lineups. Sometimes, consumers just want a drastic change. Also, pricing and availability can affect which new fashions will be accepted or rejected. For example, yellow gold is regaining popularity this season because shoppers have grown somewhat weary of white gold.
Expect to see long, stackable gold necklaces, pendant earrings, gold collars worn close to the neck, and statement cuffs. J Crew offers a striking wide Russian gold-plated cuff with hand-set rose quartz and a variety of semi-precious glass stones. Brvtvs sells delicate 14k gold threaded chain earrings. Suzywan Deluxe Farrow Glitter Earrings are impressive large gold triangles with links that are futuristic-looking and yet still elegant. Over-sized gold, bamboo-design bangles, hoops and chokers will also be statement pieces.
Although most people will not immediately recognize them, all-electric Tesla cars are quietly gaining in popularity as they travel the highways and roads of the United States and abroad. Interestingly, while sales continue to grow, the company's car paint choices remain quite limited. Perhaps the youthfulness of Tesla Motors is a fair reason for the deliberate narrowness of color options.
It was in 2003 that PayPal executive Elon Musk stepped forward with an innovative approach to electric vehicles. Naming his company after Nikola Tesla, inventor of the AC induction motor, Musk purchased a former automotive plant in Freemont, California and began production of the Tesla Roadster. It debuted in 2008, offering 240 miles per electric charge and wearing a variety of fashionable colors. Fusion Red and Racing Green were the standard options. Metallic choices included Brilliant Yellow, Radiant Red, Signature Green, Glacier Blue, Obsidian Black, Thunder Grey and Sterling Silver. There were even a few lifestyle/premium choices: Arctic White, Very Orange, Jet Black and Electric Blue. At the time, some critics suggested that these car paint shades seemed remarkably similar to colors in the Lotus and Elise stables.
In 2012, Musk brought the Tesla Model S to the market. It was the first totally electric sedan, offering four doors, seating for seven passengers and huge cargo space. It also promised 265 miles per charge. In late 2014, the 85D and P85D, variations of Model S, added dual motors, all-wheel drive and a slight mileage increase to the prototype. All told, more than 50,000 Tesla cars are now on the road.
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