Color Story: Colors that Go with Forest Green

 
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While I'm not ready to say goodbye to Blush anytime soon..  I am LOVING this Hot Pink and Forest Green color combo for the holiday season.  Isn't it delicious?!

Hot pink is just as dynamic and vibrant as her sister, Red and has been described as assertive and sexual, a sharp contrast from the innocent shades of Blush, Bubblegum, and soft Baby Pink.  

These shades of shocking pink are undeniably trendy and magnetic attention-grabbers.  Don't be ignored this Christmas! Get your pink on, girrl.  ;)


 

A Little History

Schiaparelli, the fashion designer, first became intoxicated with hot pink after studying the bright Peruvian hues of the Incas.  In the 1930s, she introduced the daring color into her designs and made quite a fashion statement in the Western world.

In the 1940s, William Wrigley came out with chewing gum in green packaging and sales were way down.  He simply changed the color to pink and sales hit the roof!

By the 1950s, pink was all the rage in interiors while advertisements encouraged women to "think pink."  The color dominated the entire decade.

Physiological Responses to Pink

"The color pink has been shown to influence all growing things, plants and people.  Dr. Bernard Jensen, a natural health scientist, conducted studies where he demonstrated that plants growing in a pink-glassed hothouse will grow twice as fast and sturdier than those grown in blue hothouses" (Colors for Your Every Mood, by Leatrice Eiseman, 1998. Health and Light, by John Ott, Pocket Books, 1973).


Pink + Personality

If You Love Pink

A pink person is less ostentatious than a red person, but still has style and perspective.  In softer tints, it is pure, demure, and sweet.  If you love pink, you are generally talented, but not pushy or overly ambitious.  

Sizzling hot pinks are a very close sister to red personalities.  Full of passion, ambition, and opinions hot pink people are energetic go-getters.

If You Hate Pink

The innocence of soft pink is quite annoying to you.  You consider it weak.  Hot pink is too showy for you and you're just not a person with that much audacity who wants to be the center of attention.  You prefer sophisticated and friendly colors staying safe in the realm of neutrals and muted blues.

 

 

 

If you're interested in learning more about color, I highly recommend this book!  

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My Christmas Circa 1980-Something

I recently came across this hilariously cute picture from my childhood where I'm intensely focused on my coloring book (which is also on My Story page).  It's Christmas morning circa 1980-something.  My little sister is patiently waiting for me to play with her, but I'm determined to color the best damn picture ever.  Haha!

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I have to say, not much has changed since then.  When I'm not working my nine-to-five as a textile designer, I'm spending pretty much ALL of my free time drawing, designing, and creating new products that will hopefully make your life a bit prettier and easier.

That's why I created the Christmas Portrait Builder where you can create a family portrait illustration for your Christmas/Holiday cards.  It's a Powerpoint file pre-prepared with avatars - you simply copy and paste, drag and drop.  My little sister (yep, the same one above) sampled the product and said it's realllly fun and easy to use.  :)

I'm a little bit proud that I recently learned how to make GIFS.  Check out the one below, which is a great way to see how you can use the different options:

Especially, if you don't have a good family photo this year or if you want to do something different.. the Christmas Portrait Builder is perfect for you.  It's a quick and dirty tool that ends up looking like you made the extra effort of hiring an artist. 

Here are some more family templates to browse:

With each family template, there are over 75 different avatars so you are almost guaranteed to find matches for your family.  There are also options with glasses, facial hair, etc.  Check out all of the faces below:

As a small gesture of thankfulness for being here and reading my blog, I'd love to offer you a FREE SAMPLE of the DIY Christmas Card Portrait Builder.    I've been an artist ever since I was a little girl and YOU help turn my creative dreams into a reality.  So, seriously, thank you. :)  Just sign up below to get your free sample!

 
 

The free sample is a Powerpoint file that you can download from my Google Drive folder once you sign up above.  Feel free to play with it and see how easy it is to use! 

Please note:  the sample file has a limited number of options.  If you try it and love it, and want to buy the full versionplease click the link here.

Now you have the ability to design your own DIY Christmas Cards!  I usually like printing online with Overnight Prints because it's so easy, but UPS or FedEx are great local options.

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Additionally, you can delete the Holiday background and use it for family prints (or however you want)!  Which, by the way, makes really special and inexpensive gifts. Just sayin'.  :)   With this tool, you get to be the designer so your creativity is limitless.

And if you don't see a good option for your family, but you are interested in buying this product, please email me at LaurenLesleyStudio@gmail.com.  I also take custom orders and would love your feedback.

Love + Light,

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How To Create a Color Palette for Your Brand

STEP 1 | COLLECT COLOR INSPIRATION

To get started, pour through Pinterest and gather all of the colors that really get your blood pumping.  Create a board called "Color Inspiration" and pin anything and everything you find attractive.  Search keywords such as Color Palettes, 2018 Color Trends, Color Schemes, Color Combinations, and Paint Colors.  Research sites like Design Seeds for constant newness and Pantone for well-researched color trends.  Use the Pinterest button to pin from these sites to your Color Inspiration board.

Next, observe what you've pinned.  Look for trends among your pins and start to organize them into sections.  A Section within a Pinterest board is my new favorite feature from Pinterest!  Check out how I started organizing my Sections:

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STEP 2  |  PLAY WITH COLOR

It's impossible to really narrow down the color palette that is perfect for your brand without allowing yourself to play with color.  If you're not a designer, I recommend doing this in Powerpoint (or Google Slides).  It's extremely easy!  You can eye-drop custom colors from the inspirations you saved in just a few clicks.  I've created a free template that you can download here.

First, import your inspirations into the board.  Then click on your first color chip. 

  • Click the Shape Format tab at the top.
  • Click the arrow beside Shape Fill. 
  • Click on More Fill Colors. 
  • Click on the Eye-Dropper tool and hover over your inspiration images. 
  • Click OK.
 

The 6 colors across will be your core colors.  I like to add color value to the palette as well - aka light, medium, and dark versions.  You can usually find these versions within the inspiration by hovering over shadows or lighter areas.  You can also simply use the Slider bar to adjust your color to be lighter or darker.  And don't forget to include at least 3 neutrals.  

 

STEP 3  |  APPLY YOUR COLOR

After you've played around with creating a few color palettes that feel good to you, apply it to your product, design, or brand.  Let's say you are creating a logo.  I would create a mock version of it in Powerpoint.  Even if it doesn't look exactly the same, it will give you a good idea of the color relationships.

  • Go to Slides.
  • New Slide.
  • Blank.
  • Insert > Shapes.

I always choose the circle to start.  Make sure to include your brand name and a few other design elements such as an outline.

Next, copy and paste your color palette to the new slide.  

  • Right click > Group.
  • Now, you can scale down your color palette to the corner without distorting the proportions.
  • Click on your shape > Eye-dropper tool.
  • Click on a color in your palette.
  • Click OK.
 

If you're not loving how the colors look together, go back and readjust some of your colors.  Try another palette.  If you're really in love with your palette, don't sweat it if you are having a hard time applying the color.  My suggestion would be to seek out a designer and provide them with your color palette as a general guideline.  The designer should be able to take the main idea and apply the colors in an awesome way you'll love.

 

 

 

If you're interested in learning more about color, I highly recommend this book!

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