Learn about colour with the Everywhere colour series
Human eyes have approximately 12 million rods and 7 million cones in them - that's a lot of things in a small place! These help us to see everything around us, including sending colour information to our brain so that it can help us to see colour.

Colour can be bright or dull, warm or cold, natural or made artificially. It can be blue, red, yellow, purple, orange, green and much more! Sometimes you may hear people call something a 'hue'. Hue is just another name for pure colour that does not have white or black in it.

Tiny particles of colour called pigments are what gives plants, animals, humans and minerals their colouring. They are also used to colour paints and dyes made by humans. Pigments absorb colours but reflect their own colour. What this means is that a green pigment will absorb all colours except green, which it will reflect. When you mix paints or pigments different colours are absorbed and reflected and this is how we can create lots of different colours.

The Everywhere colour series is designed for children and will cover lots of things about colour and has projects you can try out for yourself to find out how things work. Colour is magical and lots of fun to experiment with... enjoy!

There are three versions of each section of the Everywhere colour series:
1. Book style A5.
2. Notes style - includes one page of the information and space to write your own notes.
3. Two per page - two A5 pages per portrait page.

Teachers/schools - you are welcome to copy any or all of the Everywhere colour series resources and use them with your students to further their knowledge of colour.

You will need Acrobat Reader to view the Everywhere colour series.

Everywhere colour series    
Everywhere Colour Series - Changing Colour  

Changing colour
Some colours can seem almost invisible but will change when they are heated. Years ago prisoners used to write secret notes using their saliva or sweat and smuggle them out to friends and family. The notes would look like a blank piece of paper. When the other person received the notes they would heat them up and the words that had been written would change colour so they could be read... more.

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Resene Everywhere colour series - Colour of nature  

Colour and nature
The colours we see outside change each day and throughout the day depending on the amount of light. On a sunny day everything looks brighter and more colourful. On a rainy day everything looks duller and greyer. At night everything looks grey or black depending on the moonlight and artificial lighting... more.

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Resene Everywhere Colour Series   Colour in art
You can use lots of different colours and mediums to create artwork. Sometimes you might use dry mediums, such as crayons and chalk. Sometimes you might use wet mediums, such as paints and dyes. Sometimes you might use both together! Each type of medium will affect the colour you see and also how you create the picture... more.

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Everywhere Colour Series - Colour in light  

Colour of light
The primary colours for paint are yellow, red and blue. When you are working with things that create light, such as torches, the three primary colours are red, green and blue. Yellow is not a primary colour of light... more.

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Resene Everywhere Colour Series  

Colour wheels
The best way to learn how colours work together is with a colour wheel. Colour wheels are made using the colour spectrum and help decorators put colour schemes together... more

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Resene Everywhere Colour Series   Decorating colour
Humans respond to colour. Yellow reminds us of happy faces and smiles, white is neutral and restful, red can be exciting. By changing the colours in a room, we can change a room from a happy room into a cold room. Think about some of the places you may have been recently and what colours they were painted... more

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Resene Everywhere Colour Series   Dissolving colour
If you have ever left a note in your pocket when your clothes have been washed you will know that colours can dissolve making it impossible to read the note. Each colour pigment is made up using a mixture of colours. The human eye can’t see the individual colours unless the colour is split. You can split colour using chromatography, which dissolves colours to see what they contain... more

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Resene Everywhere Colour Series   Dotted colour
Television and computer screen colours work differently to paint colours. Instead of having red, blue and yellow as the primary colours, the primary colours are red, blue and green. This is because the screens work with coloured light rather than paints to get their colours... more

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Resene Everywhere Colour Series   Everywhere colour
Human eyes have approximately 12 million rods and 7 million cones in them – that’s a lot of things in a small place! These help us to see everything around us, including sending colour information to our brain so that it can help us to see colour... more

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Resene Everywhere Colour Series   Eyes and rainbows
Sometimes when it rains the sun shines. This is when you may see a rainbow... more

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Resene Everywhere Colour Series   Filtering colour
When you go to concerts or shows you will often see huge spotlights shining onto the stage with different coloured cellophane taped over the front of the light... more

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Resene Everywhere Colour Series   Illusion and tricks with colour
Colours can look different depending on lots of things, such as how much there is of the colour and what other colours are next to them. This section shows you lots of different ways that colours trick our eyes... more

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Resene Everywhere Colour Series   Making colour - Dye
Dyes are used to colour many of the things we see and use everyday, including food, hair and clothing. Dyes can be natural (made from plants) or synthetic (made by humans). Natural dyes are usually the strongest dyes... more

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Resene Everywhere Colour Series   Mixing colour
Visit a paint shop, like your local Resene ColorShop, and you will see thousands and thousands of colours. All of these colours are made by mixing the pigment primary colours of red, yellow and blue in different amounts. Every variation in the colours gives you a different paint colour. If you add a little more yellow, the colour will appear yellower. Add more blue and it will become bluer... more

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Resene Everywhere Colour Series   Reflecting colour
Tiny particles of colour called pigments are what gives plants, animals, humans and minerals their colouring. They are also used to colour paints and dyes made by humans. Pigments absorb colours but refl ect their own colour... more

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Resene Everywhere Colour Series   Safety colour
Warm colours advance and appear closer than they are, while cool colours recede and appear further away. Brighter colours also appear closer as they stand out against other duller colours. To keep people safe, colours such as bright orange and bright red are used as safety colours... more

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Resene Everywhere Colour Series   Seeing colour - Animals
We see everything around us in various colours but many animals can’t see colour as humans do and instead they see everything in shades of grey. For example, cats can’t detect colour at all, so they see everything in black, white or tones of grey... more

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Resene Everywhere Colour Series   Seeing colour - Humans
Humans can see differences in the wavelengths of colours. This helps us to tell colours apart. Special cells on the retinas of our eyes detect red, green and blue colours in light, as well as black and white, which helps us see at night when there is little light... more

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