Monday, February 23, 2015

Classic Blue

      Reliable and thoughtful, Classic Blue inspires calm, confidence and harmony. Serving as an anchor to the Spring/Summer 2015 palette, Classic Blue is a shade that is strong and reliable. Just as with the sea, because of its waterborne qualities, this Classic Blue is perceived as thoughtful and introspective.
Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

         Classic blue is called Ultramarine Blue in the world of paint. JH Bustonoby, in his classic 1939 book Color Mixing, says "The artificial process of making Ultramarine Blue was discovered by J.B. Guimet in France in 1826. In early times the genuine was obtained from the gem stone, lapis lazuli of Asiatic origin at an exorbitant price. The artificial and genuine Ultramarine are chemically the same."

Can you imagine obtaining some lapis lazuli, grinding into a powder, mixing it with an oil, and painting with it? Back in the day, a painter had to also be a chemist!

So here is my contribution to classic blue. It started from a pretty amazing and variegated slice of dried acrylic paint from the artist palette. Yes, crazy but true, I peel the paint from the palette and transform it into jewelry. 

In case you can't live without it,
 this piece is available at my Etsy store.
Classic blue is a great color to wear with denim.

What will you wear in classic blue this season?

Monday, February 16, 2015


"Aquamarine is an airy blue with a dreamy feel. It is cool and calming, ethereal.Aquamarine is a shade with a wet and watery feel. Open and expansive, this restful blue also acts as a stress reducer."                                                           Lee Eismann of Pantone

It is also the birthstone for March.

       The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea.  This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage.  The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.  Its pale, cool color beautifully complements spring and summer wardrobes. 
In a wonderful old book by JH Bustanoby from 1939, called Color Manual,  there is a "recipe" for aquamarine oil paint. It is as follows:

16 parts zinc white
2 parts Cobalt Blue
1 part Yellow Ochre

Know what this tells me? It tells me that since the recipe calls for yellow ochre, aquamarine is a warm muted blue. What a soft, relaxing color to wrap up in! Here's a great wrap from Z Gallerie. (Wish I had this tonight, since it's below zero with a wind chill factor of -15. Ridiculous!) 

And speaking of wrapping up in it, here is my newest cuff bracelet in aquamarine and buff.

This cuff bracelet, as well as other new pieces in aquamarine,  is available at my Etsy store. Enjoy!