Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Pantone Spring 2016 Fashion Colors Final Review and Clay Recipe Links

Here is the final review of the Pantone spring 2016 fashion colors.   Click on the photos below to see the clay recipes using Kato clay.  If you would like to see more clay recipes for the past Pantone fashion colors, go to the color recipe page at the top of our blog.






Would you like some recipe cards with these Pantone colors ready to print out on 4" x 6" index cards?  They have the colored dots on them but you can add your own baked clay chip if you like.

If so, click here to download and print out.




Friday, January 29, 2016

Pantone Spring 2016 Fashion Colors Lilac Gray and Iced Coffee

Lilac Gray and Iced Coffee are two neutral colors added to the Pantone Spring 2016 Fashion color palette.   Lilac Gray is a classic shade of gray with a light purple undertone where Iced Coffee is a much stronger neutral.  Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, explains "With its natural earthy quality, the softness and subtlety of Iced Coffee creates a stable foundation when combined with the rest of this season's palette.    


I didn't have time to play around yet with the Lilac Gray but made some more "variegated clay yarn" using the Iced Coffee.


This time I used three colors to create my variegated mix with Iced Coffee as the main color.  For the lighter shade, I used the clay color Almond (*recipe #2-8) and the darker brown I used Chocolate Truffle (*recipe #3-5).  I made a clay log of each color and then cut each log into four.  I then reassembled the log as shown in Box #2 below. 


So here are the clay recipes for the Pantone Spring 2016 Fashion colors Lilac Gray and Iced Coffee using Kato clay.


* Note:  These clay color recipes are created using Kato Polyclay.  Any of the base color "mixes" used are from my Clay Color System.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pantone Spring 2016 Fashion Colors Buttercup and Green Flash

Pantone explains that while most of this year's spring/summer palette trends towards calmness, a few of the colors offer a contrast.  Buttercup and Green Flash give that bit of brightness and combine well with the rest of the palette.


The snow around us has been melting the past few days and today we had rain with the most gorgeous and bright rainbow.  The colors reminded me of the Pantone spring and summer palette which inspired me to create a skinner blend of Fiesta, Buttercup and Green Flash.


The blended colors had a tropical appearance.  I decided to turn the blend into a cane and create a sculpted flower from it. 

So here are the clay recipes for the Pantone Spring 2016 Fashion colors Buttercup and Green Flash using Kato clay.


* Note:  These clay color recipes are created using Kato Polyclay.  Any of the base color "mixes" used are from my Clay Color System.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pantone Spring 2016 Fashion Colors Peach Echo and Fiesta

Peach Echo is from the orange family but with a pink undertone.  Fiesta on the other hand is a deeper, orange-tone red.  Both colors similar yet very different.  I didn't get around to playing with these colors as much as I had hoped but I did pull out my Sculpey Silk Screen Kit and added some metallic black paint to the Peach Echo background and white paint to the Fiesta.




So here are the clay recipes for the Pantone Spring 2016 Fashion colors Fiesta and Peach Echo using Kato clay.


 * Note:  These clay color recipes are created using Kato Polyclay.  Any of the base color "mixes" used are from my Clay Color System.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Pantone Spring 2016 Fashion Colors Snorkel Blue and Limpet Shell

Pantone describes Snorkel Blue as marine inspired and from the navy family but with a happier more energetic context.  The name alone implies a relaxing vacation and encourages escape which is what I would love to do with all the snow around outside.  Limpet Shell is a shade of aqua and combines well with the Snorkel Blue.


I played around with my version of batik fabric in clay using these two colors to create a sculpted flower and some beads.


So here are the clay recipes for the Pantone Spring 2016 Fashion colors Limpet Shell and Snorkel Blue using Kato clay.


* Note:  These clay color recipes are created using Kato Polyclay.  Any of the base color "mixes" used are from myClay Color System.

Monday, January 25, 2016

2016 Pantone Colors of the Year - Rose Quartz and Serenity

The Pantone Color Institute decided to do something different by introducing two colors of the year.   I was not only surprised by this but their color choices as well -- Rose Quartz, a soft pink and Serenity, a soft shade of blue which Pantone says are a "softer take on color for 2016"



After mixing up these clay colors I was trying to decide what to make with them.  They reminded me of soft yarns for knitting and so I decided to play with the extruded clay faux knitting technique.  I started extruding some of the clay and then came up with an idea to make it look more like variegated yarn.


 I was happy to discover my idea worked and here is what I did shown in the photo collage below:


And here are the clay recipes for the Pantone colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity:


* Note:  These clay color recipes are created using Kato Polyclay.  Any of the base color "mixes" used are from my Clay Color System.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Pantone Spring 2016 Fashion Colors

It is that time of year again to mix up some new Pantone fashion colors for spring.  I know many of our followers look forward to these clay recipes I share and try to get them out to you as early as possible.  I understand that some of our readers are not into the latest fashion colors and prefer to use  whatever works for them.  That is great and we do that too but I find mixing up each season's new colors can be very inspiring and forces us to create fresh and new combinations.

Polymer Clay Chips in the Pantone Spring 2016 Fashion Colors
We have also found that using the latest Pantone fashion colors that come out twice a year (spring and fall) in our work keeps things more up-to-date not only with our line of jewelry but with our other fashion items such as buttons and shawl pins.  We deal directly with several quilt and yarn shops and see the latest Pantone colors in the new yarns or quilt fabrics on their shelves.



This week I will share with you the clay recipes for the Pantone Spring 2016 fashion colors using Kato Polyclay along with some interesting ways to combine them.