Even if you’ve never watched an episode of The Joy of Painting, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with artist Bob Ross, with his trademark afro and “happy little trees”.
But if you’ve seen his show, then you’ll know that another trademark was his choice of paints. Bob Ross always used the same 13 paints, with decidedly un-Crayolan names like Alizarin Crimson and Pthalo Blue, loading his palette in the same arrangement each time, as you see in the photo above.
By limiting his tools and simplifying his techniques, Bob Ross introduced the joy of painting to countless non-artists, and for that he was beloved.
Van Dyke Brown
As a fan of Bob Ross, I wanted the colors he popularized to live on through the web. I’ve collected their hex values above and created a stylesheet so you can use class names like
to get a Phthalo Blue background, text, and border color respectively. You can grab the CSS, and the SASS used to generate it, below.