The beauty of colors and their combinations is that a new color can be formed by the combination of a few more colors. It is this beauty, that makes the artists love their work.
Apart from the primary colors, the secondary colors add a genuine, scintillating spark to the entire canvas!
Today, we shall discuss one such secondary color, which is Indigo.
What is the Color Indigo?
Indigo(Hex code: #4B0082) is another variant of the color blue. In the visible spectrum it is the color between violet and blue. Indigo color is often associated with the purple and pink for the people with weak eyesight.
Significance of the color
The color indigo signifies power, passion, and deep focus. A color, which is a derivative of the blue, is the color of midnight. Reflecting justice and impartiality, the color of Indigo gains a very special meaning even in astrology.
The color Indigo is deeply associated with Blue Sapphire gemstone. This gemstone is one of the excellent beneficiaries of the Saturn planet, which itself is a regal planet of legacy, power, and success.
Saturn represents the dignity, honesty, and sincerity that every person should possess. And, Blue Sapphire exponentially increases these qualities in a person.
Spiritual wisdom is another facet of the Indigo color. It represents deep intelligence and knowledge that makes it one of the most loved colors among the people.
History of the Indigo color
Indigo has often been the reason for the multiple trade wars across nations. The color had seen a very sharp surge in demand in the past due to its extensive demand, even more than the blue color.
It had fueled numerous slaveries, trade war and even got the status of the currency for a time in history. It has been said that it has been the inspiration for the color wheel of Newton as well.
Yet, in today’s world, the color specialists have driven away from the Indigo color. They are not much included in the color palette since it is not much unique compared to the traditional blue.
Indigo comes from the tropical and sub-tropical plant, Indigofera Tinctoria, which is a plant from the Indigofera genus.
Manufacturing of the dye
The dye was manufactured historically by crushing the leaves, keeping them submerged in water over a long period of time, and then eventually draining them and mixing them with lye. Eventually, they were molded into paper cakes and powder.
It is then mixed with water and then it can form the bluish water of Indigo. Historically, India has been the manufacturer of the commercial Indigo, which gained prominence across the world, even in the Greco-Roman Era.
Steps to make the Indigo color
Making the Indigo color can be pretty interesting with the acrylics, if you are an artist and wish to make your own palettes and collections.
In the first step, you can use cyan blue or ultramarine blue and place it over a piece of paper or plate. Now, add a little bit of red paint, just a small tinge, and then start mixing it with the blue paint.
The concentration of red paint is very important. It decides the intensity of the indigo color which we are going to have. You can increase or decrease the intensity of the red paint by varying its intensity.
You can check the color combination by using the brush and painting it over a small piece of white paper. You can alter the color intensity as per the requirements as well.
Indigo, a color, not only defining richness but sharing a rich history in the culture of numerous nations, is a color of beauty, dignity, and immense dedication.