Colour is so important to us when we create our designs and this book discovered in France may be where it all began.
At Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France you will find an 894-page book from 1692 dedicated entirely to colour. A Boogert is credited as the author to this fascinating manual written in Dutch.
According to Erik Kwakkel, Boogert describes how to make watercolor paints; explaining how to mix colors and change their tone by adding varying amounts of water. To illustrate his instructions, each facing page is filled with various shades of the color in question. There’s even an amazing index at the end of the book for every color listed.
Thanks to e-corpus the entire book can be seen in high-resolution online and you can zoom in and out of every single page. If you like old, handmade books, definitely check out the link and explore.
At VIP Balloons we love art and design in whatever form and each Monday we will post ideas and examples that we have found and like. Often we use these pieces to inspire us with our creations. If you would like us to create some balloon art or decor based on something you have seen, contact us and we will work with you to come up with ideas