Frequently Asked Questions
How does BreakThroughColour connect with other colour modes and systems? Is it possible to include CMYK or RGB formulas?
BreakThroughColour was designed to be a new colour system in and of itself, not specifically connected to any one existing system or medium, so therefore connectable to and compatible with all of them. Is it possible to include CMYK or RGB formulas, or anything else that a colour-loving professional would want? Hey, this is Kickstarter! Anything is possible!
After lots of different versions and iterations, and lots of input from artists, designers, and educators, I'm pretty happy with what's on the cards the way they are now. They're clean, cohesive, and simply coded, full of what's needed, but not too cluttered (extra info that's useful to one person might just be visual noise to another). The one thing they are full of is potential, to be whatever you want them to be.
For those of you who have said you actually do want them to include extra info that would bridge the gap between BTC and CMYK, RGB, hex codes, or whatever else, I hear that! How about we say now that I'll get to work on working this in, somehow. Maybe charts that you could download, depending on your buddy system. Maybe extra cards could be included, with all the codes listed along with their compatible 'other system' formulas. Maybe I'll put the info up on my yet-to-be-but-will-be BTC website. See? There's a way. We just have to figure out what will work best for everyone. So let me know what matters most to you. Add your Comments here, or contact me via email. Thanks to you, BTC will just get BTBetter!Last updated:
BreakThroughColour is not specific to any brand of polymer clay. In fact, it's not specific to polymer clay at all, or to any other medium, any more than a colour wheel is. BTC was designed to be a resource, tool, and system for exploring, understanding, and working with colour in a much broader way, no matter what your medium, or even if you simply like colour and what to get to know it better.
The Colour Codes are not recipes, for polymer clay or anything else, except simply for colour itself. On the 'Colour Side' of the card, the 3-digit code is like a numerical name for each colour, an ID that you can use to keep track of each colour, one from the next. But these codes weren't picked at random; they were derived from deciphering the 'ingredients' of the colours themselves. On the 'Code Side' they actually provide a lot more information about the Hue, Saturation, and Value of every single one of the 216 colours in the collection. And they can be a quick way to math-a-magically combine any colour with one or more others, in analogous colour flows, triadic and tetradic schemes, 6-spoked colour wheels (the one you know, plus 34 others), complementary opposites (there are 108 'dynamic duos' in the deck), and more.
As an artist and teacher, I am familiar with polymer clay. But the BreakThroughColour system came out of much more than that, everything from my work as a graphic designer (CMYK colours in print), as a live theatre professional (RGB colours in light)... even as a kid finger-painting in primary school (RYB colours in a big mess, though still worthy of being displayed on the fridge!). The grid of CMY squares at the top of the Code Side (what I call the Hue Matrix) may look a bit like a recipe of 'parts,' and for some clay and some colours, the ratios work. But with all the brand and pigment variables (not just in polymer clay, but in any medium) that's more luck than logic. It's best to think of BTC not as a guide for mixing colour, but as a guide for understanding colour, no matter what your medium.
I strongly believe that when an artist is able to deepen their understanding of colour in and of itself, they will be much better equipped to combine that knowledge of colour with the knowledge they have about their medium (whatever it is) and go beyond a reliance on recipes. Instead of simply following someone else's formulas for making someone else's favourite colours, they will have a foundation to create a full spectrum of colours and colour schemes with confidence, insight, and intent.Last updated:
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