They’re Here!!

I’ve been taking giant breaks from the news to putter around with my new Coded Color Cards. They’ve been in the works since last November, and I finally had them printed last month. They’ve been such a nice distraction. Like playing with rainbows.

There are 900 cards in the whole set, and each one has its own hex code and HSB (hue, saturation, brightness) value printed right on it. I can hold them up to anything IRL and know exactly what color I should dial into the Adobe Color Picker, if I want to be super matchy. They make me feel so powerful! Like Batman, if Batman’s mask let him color code the Batmobile. (Ok, that would be easy. Black = #000000.)

I printed them on Spoonflower’s Prepasted Removable Smooth Wallpaper to get the most intense color. There is some assembly required, or in this case, dis-assembly, as I had to cut them apart myself, but they cut like butter. They’re smooth, sturdy, and easy to organize. I kind of heart them.

Here’s how it all went down:

L: I divided the 360° color wheel by 30, so each hue is 12 degrees apart. R: I divided the hues by 30 again. Each sampling is the same for each hue, so I can compare apples to apples.
The card files in all their digital glory.
The uncut, in-real-life cards. A little darker and not quite as much nuance as the digital versions, but that’s just the way the color world works. Still yummy and useful.
Laid out and ready to be cut. As tightly rolled as they were in their Spoonflower packaging, they unfurled nicely.
Cutting, cutting, cutting using my Omnigrid ruler and my trusty X-Acto knife.
4 families down, 26 to go.
All done!
Sorted by hue.
Sorted by saturation and brightness.
Close-ups of 3 of the Saturated/Brightness families: L: 100 100, M: 10 84, R: 10 34.
Tucked away in their Snack Baggies.

This year’s #the100dayproject on Instagram started on April 7, so I decided to test drive the cards by creating “100 Palettes.” The timing was perfect. Here are the first four:

Ginger-Infused Vodka, Citrus, Tomatoes on the Vine, and Rubber Duck palettes.

If you want to follow along, you can find me at @leahsoha on Instagram. I’m excited about what’s ahead. Having more confidence in my color selections feels like leveling up.

Peace, love and rainbows! Stay well, everyone! XOXO