Friday, February 3, 2012

Pantone Color Margarita

Green is my absolute favorite color -- certain shades of green that is.  I love vibrant yellow greens as well as deep rich olive tones.  When I started working with polymer clay, most of my pieces ended up green.  I had to overcome that tendency of overuse and force myself to work with new colors and combinations.  Do you have a color that is your favorite and find yourself overusing it in some way?


Creating the Pantone colors into clay has helped me in overcoming this issue and I can now see so many other color possibilities.


I have to say though as much as I love the color green, I am not so keen on the Margarita shade.  They refer to it as a "refreshingly piquant yellow-green colour that is like the drink minus the alcohol".  But when you compare the Pantone Margarita swatch to a real Margarita drink I do not see the similarity.  To me the Pantone shade is more like a variation of last year's Peapod and more like a seafoam as opposed to the cool lime colored beverage.  What do you think?


This?

or this?

See the difference?

Personally I love the more lime green combined with the other Pantone summery colors like Tangerine Tango and Cabaret....


I also prefer a more intense yellow shade of green (like in the flowers above) which has more of a "kick" to it than the Pantone shade that is muted.  But then that is my opinion.

Of course this green does have it's place on the color scale and can work as a neutral to tone down some of the other colors if you prefer a softer palette.  Here are a few photos to get you thinking with the clay color recipe below.




Margarita

1 part Cilantro Mix # 7-3 *
4 parts White Mix # 1-2 *
2 parts Ecru Mix # 2-8 *

* Base colors for this recipe are found in my Clay Color System.

6 comments:

Roberta said...

I agree. I mixed up a batch the other day and have yet to use it. Seems rather wan to me.

Bestbets said...

The Pantone "margarita" is a pretty good facsimile of the drink. The drink in the picture looks like some kind of upscale (and probably delicious) martini. Margaritas are not that color and not served in martini glasses (unless you've run out of other options). This is not by way of criticism, but more of an invitation to come visit Houston where we have lots of clay enthusiasts and even more wonderful margaritas! :-) Come on down!

2 Good Claymates said...

Yes I realize after I used the wrong photo to represent a margarita which I now corrected. I also know they are not as bright a green but the Pantone Margarita is still more of a muted color than the lime color we all dream up in our minds and I was using that as an example. Thanks for the invite -- been to Houston before but lived in Mexico for many years and they do have plenty of Margaritas there as well.

Carla said...

as a fan of green, I love it all! Beautiful work.

Bestbets said...

Hope you didn't think I was being a wiseguy. :-)

2 Good Claymates said...

Not at all Bestbets. I actually appreciated your input and for bringing that to my attention. I guess I was so awestruck by the color green in the glass it didn't register correctly! lol!