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Book Love: Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet

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Today I have another children’s book for you, but another one of my favorites (let’s get real, I’ll probably say that about every book).  Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet is so different from any other children’s book I have read, because it is an introduction to the practice of mixing colors.

While much of the color mixing in the book is the stuff most of us learned as kids, red + blue = purple, I still think this a great book for everyone. I have read the book many times before, but today was the first time I pulled out my watercolors, a brush, some water, and paper and followed along with the book step-by-step.

Color theory is on my long list of what to learn next, mainly as it applies to graphic design. Beyond the obvious, I definitely do not know much about it. While this book is far from an encyclopedia on color mixing, I think it is an excellent reminder that by just learning the basics of something, you can spark your interest and challenge yourself to take it much further.

Color has been on my mind a lot lately as I put this website together. I hesitate to say I have learned a lot, but I have definitely learned something about color so far, and today I had fun trying out some different color combinations that I have been thinking about.


Many of us get caught up in all that is going on around us, and this book is a great excuse to take a quick break and play with color.  In addition, if you are ever feeling creatively stuck or frustrated about something, following Mix It Up! step-by-step is an excellent way to challenge yourself!


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