Green(ery) Christmas: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year!

It’s official: Pantone*, the standard-bearer for all things color-related, has announced its 2017 Color of the Year!

Meet Greenery!

Pantone's Color of the Year: Greenery!

This picture is a screenshot I took of the Greenery video at Pantone’s website; click on the image to see the full video. (P.S. This video is the perfect antidote to the polar vortex weather!)

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Read My New Article: Color in Your Closet

Just published in Colette Patterns‘ sewing magazine Seamwork: My latest article on using color palettes in real life! It’s called Color in Your Closet: Discover (and Use) the Palette Within.

Features:

  • How to coax a palette out of your existing wardrobe;
  • Identifying your primary colors;
  • Ideas for using your palette to create new outfits;
  • Tips for using accent colors in unexpected ways;
  • Using your palette when you shop!
Using color palettes while you shop

Once you’ve created your palette based on the clothes already in your closet, carry it with you when you shop! (Click the photo to go straight to my article. Photo is my own, also used in the published article.)

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Want to see sewing stuff from Colormusing? Check out myBratelier (lingerie sewing, including bras!), and Changing Your Clothes, which covers everything from repairs & alterations to dyeing and remaking thrift-shop finds. And don’t miss all my newest projects, including sew-alongs, at the brand-new SewColormusing blog!

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Just Published: My Article on Color Forecasting!

When I approached the Craft Industry Alliance recently with an article idea about using color effectively in merchandising, they asked if I would instead be willing to write about color forecasting, a subject they said many of their members were asking to have addressed. So for the Alliance’s newly-minted Journal (for members in a wide variety of craft-based businesses), I wrote this article, which was published last week:

Forecast: Color Ahead! Identifying & Creating Color Trends for Craft

Even though the requested 1000 words is less than my typical blog posts, writing on this subject was no small task. I decided to focus on what I believe myself about color forecasting for our individual business futures: We need to trust our instincts.

Color forecasting palettes

Light & bright? Soft & smoky? Deep jewels? Or just plain neutral? What (or who) determines the popular hues of the future? My answer may surprise you. (All palettes are from the Colormusing collection.)

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Hip to be Square: Creating & Using Mosaic Backgrounds

Filed under Good News & Bad News: The good news is that Shutterstock, one of the largest stock photography companies, has accepted my work to sell on their site! Yes, I’m already selling some of my images on my own site (in the Digital Graphic Files collection), so why sell on Shutterstock too? Well, primarily because they do the work of formatting my images in a range of sizes, making it easy to find just what you need, and also because they reach a huge world-wide marketplace. Good news, indeed.

Original rose photo on Shutterstock

One of my rose photos that’s now available at Shutterstock. (Click the photo to go directly to it.)

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It’s a Blog! SewColormusing Joins the Family!

The first of my sewing-related blogs was Changing Your Clothes, covering anything having to do with making the most of clothes you already have: alterations, dyeing, repairs, wardrobe planning (via color palettes, natch), refashioning. Next in line: My Bratelier, which is focused only on sewing lingerie, including bras. So when I wanted to write posts for sew-along projects started in one of my workshops, I didn’t have an existing blog that was the right fit. What’s a blogger to do?

Silly question. Start a new blog, of course! Help me welcome SewColormusing into the Colormusing family!

SewColormusing blog

It’s a bouncing baby blog! SewColormusing will include sew-along series, special technique tutorials, and general sewing fun!

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(Click on the dots to visit my mother ship-shop, Colormusing.com.)

Pantone Announces 2016 Color(s) of the Year!

Just in from the color gurus at Pantone: For 2016, there’s not one, but two Colors of the Year! I present to you… Rose Quartz and Serenity!

Pantone's 2016 COTY

Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year! Here, I’ve included the same CMYK and hex code information that comes with every Colormusing palette. (Click the colors to see what Pantone has to say about their COTY choices.)

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New: Save 50% with Colormusing’s Curated Color Palette Collections!

I know— say that 3 times really fast! Because with our new collections, you’ll get 3 palettes all coordinated and ready to be used in a thousand different ways (at least), and with a 50% savings to boot: Each set is just $5.95 per set*, which saves you 50% versus buying 3 palettes separately!

And hey, saving money is always good (right?), but when you’re in the market for a variety of palettes, these little bundles of color joy also save you the effort of deciding which might play well together. And — bonus! — these collections often link to related products.

Take these Market Tomato palettes, for example, with the photo collection that inspired them:

Market Tomatoes I color palette Market Tomatoes 2 color palette Market Tomatoes 3 color palette

Market Tomatoes I Market Tomatoes 2 Market Tomatoes 3

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