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Passionate Purple

Photo by Bea Rosenleaf



Our designers have some deliciously passionate purple projects for your this month. Surprisingly many of them said they don't design much with purple, but have decided to use it more in the future! How about you? Do you use purple a lot in your projects?




Wikipedia says this about the color purple:

Purple is a range of hues of color occurring between red and blue. In additive light combinations it occurs by mixing the primary colors red and blue in varying proportions. It is a secondary color because two colors (blue and red) make up this color. In subtractive pigments it can be equal to the primary color magenta or be formed by mixing magenta with the colors red or blue, or by mixing just the latter two, in which case a color of low saturation will result. Low saturation will also be caused by adding a certain quantity of the third primary color (green for light or yellow for pigment).

In art, purple is the color on the color wheel between magenta and violet and its tints and shades. This color, electric purple, is shown below.

In human color psychology, purple is also associated with royalty and nobility (stemming from classical antiquity when Tyrian purple was only affordable to the elites).

The word 'purple' comes from the Old English word purpul which derives from the Latin purpura, in turn from the Greek ??????? (porphura), name of the Tyrian purple dye manufactured in classical antiquity from a mucus secreted by the spiny dye-murex snail.

The first recorded use of the word 'purple' in English was in the year AD 975.

Purple has quite a history, too!  Take a hike on the Wikipedia trail and learn all about the color "Purple!"

We hope you enjoy our feature on the color Purple this month. It's been a fun color to present to you!  Besides the featured projects, we have quite a few articles from the Artistic Guides this month, some featuring die cuts and machines. As always, the 10th will feature our exclusive monthly Trail Map with gorgeous samples from our artists. And you can count on Grandpa Ken bringing us his Map Master feature. Isn't he the best?  So July is busy here on the trail. We hope you'll join us all month long!

Happy Trails!

Bea Rosenleaf, Publisher


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