Happy Tuesday! I’m happy to be back with one of my favourite features, and a fun creative prompt this week!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, with a prompt each week for you to use in building a bookish top ten list. This week’s prompt is books that sound like they could be Crayola crayon colours.
I tried to make this top ten list with just my TBR reads but this was really hard! I took some liberties with some books and I’ve got a few books I have read in the list, but some fun colours all around.
Also I did go ahead and actually make all the colours I was picturing (or as close as I could get) because I overcommit! And I love Canva, so I hope you enjoy the designs!
1) The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
Colour: Cerulean Sea — blue-green
This book made it quite easy to find a colour in the title. I love turquoise and I can picture a beautiful, rich blue-green sea, basically any shade that the sea has taken because it’s always beautiful. Looking it up, cerulean is apparently a blue and not turquoise but I still see it as a turquoise colour.
2) Stronger than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan
Colour: Bronze Dragon — metallic gold/brown
Love the strength that this colour exudes (not just from the title). I see this as a metallic colour, and gold highlighting the brown central colour. Dragon-esque for sure, so I wanted some of that wealth that dragons bring to mind to be represented. It was tricky to get the metallic, shiny aspect I wanted but I hope it somewhat comes across in this design.
3) Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
Colour: Cinnamon Gunpowder — warm brown
I can’t imagine this would be a very friendly name for a children-aimed product but if it were a crayon, I imagine it’d be a warm brown — I’d want to aim more for the warmth of cinnamon than the darkness of gunpowder. This feels like a really weird combo though; they are both powdery substances but they’re so distinct and even the smell would be quite odd if they were mixed. But perhaps they’d make a great colour together!
4) The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
Colour: Techno Love — bright pink-orange
Now this one’s really pushing it but techno love could be a Crayola colour, right? I’ve definitely been inspired by the cover in picturing a mix of pink and orange for the crayon but even without the colour, the name evokes an energetic, party-like feeling so it has to be bright! I see a really peppy coral colour for this one, a lot of energy behind it to match the peppiness and energy of techno music.
5) Burning Sugar by Cicely Belle Blain
Colour: Burning Sugar — brown/pink
The title is clearly evocative of caramel so I get a sense of a warm brown colour, but I got really strong pink vibes from the name too. I see it as a pink sugar of sorts, so the brown carmelization is developing on this soft, rose-like pink. “Burning” is key here though, we haven’t burnt the sugar yet! So no black scorch marks.
6) Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne
Colour: Chlorine Sky — pale blue
The title here represents in part the community pools that the MC of the book swims in so I was picturing these pools in my colour creation. Blue was an obvious connection but the water in these pools is often very clear so I see a very pale blue for the crayon colour, almost with some grey in it. This was one of the hardest to make come to life but I hope my explanation is helpful in picturing it.
7) Antique Blues by Jane K. Cleland
Colour: Antique Blue — grey-blue
I think of faded when I think of antiques so I went with a paler blue for this one. It could just as easily be a royal blue as the first image in my head was of royal blue floral wallpaper in an older style, but thinking of the age, even that initially bright blue would be faded. This blue definitely has a lot of grey mixed in it — a gentle, easy colour that makes me think of my grandmother’s house.
8) Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi
Colour: Butter Honey — golden yellow
I don’t yet know what the title refers to but I love it. I pulled out Butter Honey for the title of this colour and picture a rich golden yellow with orange highlights. Something that looks warm and inviting, and tasty! It’s gotta look good enough to eat (but don’t encourage kids to eat crayons).
9) Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Colour: Shadow Jade — dark green
Green is my favourite colour so this one was a lot of fun to play with. I think of jade as a bright green (though as I’ve proven I don’t know my colours well but it’s still a bright green to me) but with the “shadow” part of the name, I was able to make this a lot darker, thinking of literal shadows falling over the colour. It’s still a rich, bold colour but with an almost menacing tone now.
10) Mystery at Maplemead Castle by Kitty French
Colour: Maplemead Manor — rich orange/brown
I switched up the name a bit from the title of the book because we love that alliteration! This was an easier colour to think of because the name brings to mind two things — maple and mead! Both brown, almost orangey substances, and with smooth textures. I picture a rich brown with orange notes for this one, another one that should almost look good enough to eat!
This proved harder than I anticipated, both in locating titles that would work with the prompt and in trying to come up with colours without being influenced by the cover! There are a lot of books that I associate closely with their cover so it’s hard to think of their titles without thinking of those colours. And that’s not to mention being able to accurately create the colour I was imagining in my designs.
This was fun practice though, as I’ve been watching a lot of videos about designing colour schemes, something I’d like to incorporate in my new design plans for the blog.
For anyone curious about my formatting of the colour descriptions, I used hyphens when it was a mix of colours (ex. pink-orange) and a slash when there were highlights of one colour in another (ex. gold/brown to mean there are gold highlights in the brown but it’s still predominantly brown). It wasn’t just inconsistent punctuation!
Which of the above is your favourite colour?
Do you have a favourite actual Crayola colour?
Cover images from Goodreads.