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Know All About Pastel Colors

Aparna Jadhav Feb 29, 2020
Pastel colors are beautiful as they help bring out your imagination on paper. Children express their creativity with these colors, so read on to find out what they are and which are the different shades that are found in them.
The clear blue color of the ocean, the fresh green colors of the leaves, the red, yellow, purple colors of flowers, and the orange from the fruits. There are so many colors in nature which make life beautiful and colorful. Man has always loved to discover and create new colors from the basic 7 shades of the rainbow and has been quite successful in doing so.
Earlier, flowers and fruits were the only medium of making color, but today these colors can be found in the form known as pastel. It mainly consists of a pure pigment in the form of a powder and a binder to hold it together. These pigments used in pastel colors are the ones used in every art medium like oil paints and water colors.
However, the binder used is of a neutral hue that is of low saturation and thus binds well with pigments. These pastel art colors usually come in the form of sticks or crayons and are made in 12 to as many as 95 shades. Take a look at what are the different colors found in this colorful pastel palate.

What are Pastel Colors?

They are defined as the light and dark shades of any color found in the form of sticks or crayons that are made with the combination of a color pigment and a binder. You can have you own collection of these pastel color crayons as they come in every possible shade of VIBGYOR. 
These have classifications like cold and warm colors, and each of these 7 colors have three forms in them viz. the tint, light and dark of every color. It's quite unimaginable as to how many colors can come out of this combination, but those that exist are very attractive.
There are four pastel color types which we will refer to in the following paragraphs, viz, the mid-tone, the tint colors, the light and dark colors.

Pastel colors can be found just about anywhere and everywhere. Don't believe us? Have a look at these spectacular images.

Pastel-colored Easter Eggs

Pastel-colored Towels

Pleasing Pink Pastel-colored Garden Car

Blue Pastel-colored Fashion Bag

Pastel-colored Chalks

Breathtaking Pastel-colored Dynamic Twilight View

Lovely Pastel-colored Breakfast Table

Tranquil Pastel-colored Lavender Field

Yellow Pastel-colored Wall with Window

Scrumptious Pastel-colored Macaroons

Colonial Style Pastel-colored Architecture

Soothing Pastel-colored Fashion Ensemble

Lovely Pastel-colored Tea Cups and Saucers

Gorgeous Mauve Pastel-colored Flowers Against Blue Background

Pretty Pastel-colored Cupcakes

Spectacular Pastel-colored Tulips

Mid-tone Colors

These colors are often considered as the basic or raw colors out of which further combinations and shades are made. As mentioned above, these mid-tone colors have cold and warm forms of pastels and have about 10 basic colors. These are as follows:
Warm Red
Permanent Red, Scarlet, Poppy Red

Cold Red
Carmine, Crimson, Madder Red

Mid Orange, Permanent Orange

Cold Yellow
Lemon Yellow

Warm Green
Permanent Green, Phthalo Green
Cold Green
Aquamarine, Teal

Warm Blue
French Ultramarine, Deep Ultramarine

Cold Blue
Cerulean Blue, Turquoise
Warm Violet
Red Violet

Cold Violet
Ultramarine Violet or Blue Violet

These 10 basic mid-tone colors are all you need to move on to your tint colors.

Tint Colors

These colors are further modified from each of the basic 10 pastel shades you have. Each of these mid-tone colors now are divided into 6 tint shades individually, for example, if you consider the 6 tint shades of cold blue, then the first will be Turquoise 1 which is the darkest and Turquoise 6 being the lightest of the tint colors.
Similarly, all the 10 basic colors have their 6 shades from dark to light and are numbered respectively. These colors are created with the combination of mid-tone color pigments and are held together with binders used in making these pastels. 

Light and Dark Colors

Similar to the tints, the 10 basic warm and cold mid-tone colors have their light and dark shades. Referring to the above mentioned warm and cold color list, every color except two have their light and dark shades. Orange however, has only the light shades and so does cold yellow.
Since there are no darker shades in these, they are used in their natural forms. The darker shade of orange is warm red and the darker shade of yellow is orange, thus they are best used originally.

Other Colors

There are some other colors which are a combination of black and white with the mid-tones to give very different and unique pastels. Also known as earth colors, they are cold earth brown, gold ocher, burnt sienna, raw umber, Caput Mortuum, Indian red, and Mars violet. 
They too have their tints, light and dark shades as usual. Apart from these a mixture of black and white gives you another unique color known as gray which can have, neutral, warm and cold gray (Davy's or Mouse gray) and (Payne's or Blue gray).
There are many more colors which are being discovered every single day and the ones mentioned in the above article are just a few of them. God, also doesn't like a black and white world and hence he made colors, so enjoy them and feel free to add some more to my list.