Pretty Palettes :: January Inspiration
Have you heard? The Pantone Color of the Year is Marsala.
Do you like it?
I have to be honest. This color completely underwhelmed me.
Maybe because it is a shade that I live in all year long, and I was longing for something to shake things up…or maybe because the swatch that they posted is just a bit too timid, too greyed out for my tastes. Last year’s Radiant Orchid was such an over-the-top saturated hue, that I guess I was expecting something similar.
But as I look at this color further, there is a reason that I live in it. I have a wall in my living room and a small powder room in this shade. I only drink wine of this hue. Almost every lipstick I own is this color. Nearly every car I have ever owned has been a variation of this. My brand new glasses are rimmed in a deep dark version of this shade. I even bought a pair of suede booties in this color last November. I wear them all the time. I guess do love it.
The color swatch itself is not that exciting, but the variations on this color are. The deep crimson color acts as a neutral shade that plays well with a host of others, from blues to greys, blacks and whites, oranges and plums, greens and browns.
I don’t normally concern myself with the Color of the Year (and truthfully, I was hoping for a brilliant sapphire blue), but I think that this is one that will have me reverting back to my old color tendencies where everything I make revolves around a certain darkened shade.
When I am stumped for good color palettes, the wedding planning sites are a great place to get pumped up. I came across this image of a stunning wedding bouquet filled with orchids and succulents in a seemingly monochromatic scheme. But it was the dusty plum and the heather grey that really got me. And then I found the perfect beads (all found at Michaels).
Grab some wine-hued beads and get creative!
59353 – Amethyst glass faceted rondelles 3x6mm
81229 – Resin drusy purple rounds 11mm
93288 – Ruby Garnet rounds 8mm
79446 – Copper plated wire beads 7mm
81247 – glass pearl purple mix 6mm
I was about to give up on finding beads in the perfect shade of Marsala (that deep red wine color, not the sad flat shade from the Pantone website) when I spotted the garnets. Garnets are the birthstone for January. Did you know that garnets come in every single color but blue? They are named for their color: rhodolite are a pinkish red; hessonite is the name for an orange, cinnamon, or pinkish variety; spessartite range from yellow and orange to reddish brown and dark black; tsavorite is the name given to dark green that is a fine substitute for emeralds, because it is less included, rarely treated, and more durable; grossularite, uvarovite and demantoid are also green varieties; pyrope garnets are purplish red (likely the one that is most familiar), orange-red, crimson, or dark red.
Add to that the resin drusy purple rounds, with just a hint of Marsala sparkle. Those were the ones that got me most excited, with the cracks that provide an almost scandalous peek. Their texture gave way to the coiled wire beads in copper, but a silver shade would be nice here as well. The graduated glass pearls have a perfect blend of colors, and the light amethyst faceted beads are a perfect complement in shape, finish and texture, giving the light a place to dance. I am excited to delve into this palette and see what I can come up with!
My Pretty Palettes partner for January is Sarah Ostriyznick. Sarah has been a regular participant in the Pretty Palettes since August and goes by the name of Sarah O Creations. She says that she loves the act of creating from the palettes as it inspires her, but she admits that the selling part leaves her flat. Me, too! I find that the inspiration is the best part as well. I am happy to have her join me this month!
I always on the hunt for partners for February, March and April. Could it be you I am seeking? Obviously, I find a lot of my partners from those that post on the hop, so come along and play! (Note: Must have a blog to participate as a partner. If you don’t have one, it is easy to get one! Try Blogger.) If you are interested in joining in the fun, select some beads to match the palette above, create something, blog about it and join me here on January 28th for the reveal of Marsala, the Color of the Year!