Ever stop to wonder how artists knew how to mix colors before Photoshop? Well, trial and error, mostly. Or if you became so proficient with a particular medium, you likely just "knew" what worked well and how to do it. But consistencies must have varied greatly, and even knowing if a particular color existed would've been just about impossible. Key word there is "Just."
Back in 1692, an artist created a book that taught other artists how to mix watercolors. His name was "A. Boogert," and, by showing the recipes for how he got to certain hues and tones, he showed others what kinds of colors they could create. All tolled, it was almost 800 pages long, and completely handwritten — well, minus the painted pages, obviously.
Does that concept remind you of something? Of course, it's the Pantone Color Guide, known to designers everywhere. Turns out that A. Boogert made one of his own over 300 years ago.
Want to see the entire 700-plus page book? Check it out here. If you want to get a taste of the book in all its glory, all you have to do is scroll down.
Kevin Whipps is a writer and editor based in Phoenix, Arizona. When he's not working on one of the many projects in his queue, he's looking for fun and irreverent things online to share with his friends.