The swap hostess said she would mail crayons to anyone who felt they wanted/needed them. I didn't have one in that colour, so I asked for mine. I waited, but since it was coming from the US and I am in a bit of a time crunch to get the work completed, copied and mailed back (all before Artfest!) I finally had to bit the bullet and wing it. I figured I had a pretty good idea what scarlet looked like, so I went ahead and made my art. I drove out to my friend Penn's place on Sunday to deliver it in a rain storm so I could have it copied in time to mail it out and meet the deadline.
The crayon finally arrived yesterday. I opened the envelope. Check this out:
THE CRAYON IS ORANGE!! I don't know in what alternate universe "scarlet" is orange!! I kid you not! I nearly had a heart attack. My artwork is not even remotely close to the colour of this crayon, so you know what that means....*sigh* back to the drawing board.....
Oh and just for comparison's sake, here are "scarlet" and "red" side by each so you can see the glaring difference. Now granted, red, is not scarlet, but my idea of scarlet has always been a deep, rich red with pink undertones.
And did you know there are colours in the US that we don't have in Canada? Macaroni and cheese. Yes, that is a crayon. It's that sickly chemical orange powder cheese colour. And "Purple Mountain Magesty" which is well...purply-blue like mountains are. In thinking about this, I got a bit silly and started thinking up colours for a Canadianized box of Crayolas. Like how about crayons in these colours:
-Maple Leaf (deep red)
-Maple Syrup (golden brown)
-Beaver pelt (rich brown)
-Winterpeg (snowblind white)
-Salmon (a shade of orangy pink for all the folks here in BC!)
and my personal favourite:
Poutine! (not even sure how to describe this shade, but let's just say it would rival "macaroni and cheese" any day!)
Anyway, if nothing else, I learned something from this: Everyone sees colour differently. My scarlet is not Crayola's scarlet and never the twain shall meet!