Friday, January 17, 2014

BlogHop - Tropical Fusion!

Hello! and welcome to our Tropical Fusion Bloghop featuring Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. You have probably just visited the intricate and lovely designs of the very talented Lisa Rivas.

Here are my design offerings in the spirit of tropical fusion. My inspiration comes from my travels to the tropics (which has not been nearly often enough). What I remember, walking through the jungle, is the proliferation of vines and how the greens emphasized the color and richness of the flowers! And since I am really craving tropical warmth and color during this gloomy, foggy, rainy time of year that seemed like a good place to start. So I began with a simplified flower vine and bold flowers on green. I wanted very simple shapes and crisp color to showcase the radiant orchid (and my old favorite orange).

I've never heard of a tropical paisley, but I have been doodling a lot of paisley's lately, so I decided to create one! Hope my designs give you a little hit of joy and warmth, especially if you live in the cold northern hemisphere!

©2014 Carrie Tasman All Rights Reserved

 and one more...

©2014 Carrie Tasman All Right Reserved

©2014 Carrie Tasman All Right Reserved
Paisley Dog Bed
Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you have enjoyed your visit. Your next destination on the Tropical Fusion Tour is the talented designer and blogger, Anne M Bray at Pattern Recognition. Enjoy!  

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If you've just joined our blog hop please go to Groovity Designs where you can start from the beginning of the blog hop! A big Thank you to Mary Tanana at Groovity for organizing and getting this blog hop hopping!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Starting TwentyFourteen with a BlogHop!

Starting TwentyFourteen with a BlogHop, using the Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. Check back on Saturday, Jan 18th, starting at 8 am EST, to hop from designer blog to designer blog, catching the Tropical Fusion vibe!

The Pantone company has been publishing books of color chips for designers for years, a standard in any design studio, I have several! Here is a little bit more about Pantone and how they choose a color for a whole year. (my favorite year is still tangerine tango!!)

The captivating, magical and enchanting Radiant Orchid. An invitation to innovation, modern and versatile Radiant Orchid encourages creativity and originality. Imbued with a harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and its rosy undertones emanate great joy, love and health.

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute™ has been designating a Color of the Year to express in color what is taking place in the global zeitgeist. A color that will resonate around the world, the PANTONE Color of the Year is a reflection of what people are looking for, what they feel they need that color can help to answer. Not necessarily the hot fashion color of the moment, but a color crossing all areas of design which is an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers.
past colors of the year
To distill the prevailing mood into a single hue, the PCI team, led by executive director Leatrice Eiseman, combs the world looking for future design and color influences, watching out for that one color seen as ascending and building in importance through all creative sectors. Influences can include the entertainment industry, upcoming films, art, emerging artists, travel destinations and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, lifestyles + playstyles, new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

Pantone doesn't just make color chips, they have cleverly segued into products featuring their trademark chip on everything from mugs to rubiks cubes.

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