Does Color Have Meaning?: Well, yes and no.
In the context of doodling, color is generally that of whichever
pen you have to hand, so should generally be ignored. Color
symbolism is not universal, so cultural differences must be
taken into account.
Historically, pigments aquire symbolism due to the value of
pigments - The ‘celestial blue’ in Medieval paintings
of the Virgin Mary was chosen not because of innate symbolism
but because it was the most precious pigment available at
the time (Lapis Lazuli).
What Colors Mean: Color often have a degree
of innate meaning due to visual assosications: sky blue, green
plants, red blood, brown earth, yellow sun. Colors also have
Red, orange and yellow are warm colors, while green, blue,
blue-grey and violet are cool.
Red: Red often represents power. It can indicate
anger ('seeing red') or a need to impose authority, but is
also a seasonal, festive color associated with holly berries
and Santa Claus. Looking at red increases the heart rate.
In China, red is the color of prosperity and joy
Blue, Black and Gray: These are conventional
colors, indicating stability and strength. Dark blue is often
chosen as a corporate color in the financial sector to indicate
security. Sea-green and blue can also have connotations of
water and the ocean. Gray is sometimes called 'the color of
In some Native American cultures black is the color of the
life-giving earth, while in western culture it is usually
associated with darkness, evil and death.
Purple: Purple may represent sexual frustration
or a need to appear unorthodox, and is a favorite color of
artists. Historically, purple has represented royalty, and
in darker hues suggests magic and mystery.
Brown: Brown can suggest the earth and autumn.
A preference for brown can indicate a conservative personality,
even repression. Of course, in clothing and furnishings that
depends on fashion, though trends can indicate the mood of
Green: Green usually regarded as a restful
color suggesting well-being, and is favored by well-balanced
individuals. This is at odds with some associations, 'green
with envy', 'going green' with nausea, and money (due to the