In his book “Interaction of Color,” Josef Albers talks about his method of learning about color. He uses experimentation and observation to show how colors interact with one another sometimes in a deceiving way. This play can help you discover colors that are influencers and colors that are easily influenced. It’s common for color theory to be taught with paint, but Albers felt that paper was the better medium…and we have to agree!
Color Study 1
The first color study shows how you can take one color and make it look like two different colors based on the background color you place it on. We see Curry on Blossom which causes Curry to look more muddy and a tiny bit green. When placed on Moss however, it looks more yellow. The key is to have the colors sit on much larger backgrounds so that the influence can take place. The effect is also much more pronounced in person – it can be difficult to convey on a computer screen.
Color Study 2
The second color study shows how you can make two different colors look more alike. We have Gravel on Night and Cement on Superfine White which portrays Cement and Gravel as almost the same color.
The same result occurs when you place Curry on Superfine Soft White and Chartreuse on Pool.
Lastly we put Plum on Fuchsia and Violet on Grape to bring those two colors closer together.
We know all you Paper Source fans have your favorite colors. Try this exercise to alter your favorite color into something new and exciting, and share your color discoveries with us!