From 3 you can get many

If I can only have three crayons, I want red, green and blue. By layering the colors over each other I can create a wide variety of colors.

It’s basic color theory folks, not rocket science.


The word red comes from the Old English rēad. Further back, the word can be traced to the Proto-Germanic rauthaz and the Proto-Indo European root reudh-. In Sanskrit, the word rudhira means red or blood.


The word green is closely related to the Old English verb growan, “to grow”


The word itself is derived from the Old French word bleu.


4 responses to “From 3 you can get many

  • hperigo

    hi there,
    RGB its actualy for Aditive system…
    for crayons the primary colors are Cyan, Magenta and Yellow (CMYK)

  • dreamsgate

    LOL, I actually know that, but you very rarely find magenta and cyan crayons and I like bold colors, so I’ll stick with mixing red, green and blue.

    • simonvoid

      >LOL, I actually know that
      but i sounds like you didn’t understand it properly. Mixing light is an additive system (you “add” new color frequencies to the spectrum). When you mix green light with blue light you get yellow light.
      Crayons are a subtractive system (you cancel colors frequncies in the spectrum). When you mix green crayon with blue crayon you won’t get a yellow crayon. Using red, blue and green crayon won’t give you white but black. Try it out. (You actually should get a green crayon by mixing blue and yellow).

  • dreamsgate

    Ah nuts, you are right, sigh, I obviously spend too much time in front of a computer monitor and not near enough time playing with crayons.

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