The Surprising Secret to Creating the Color of the Year Pantone’s Marsala 18-1438

Color of the Year’s Chemistry and What’s Behind Pantone’s Marsala 18-1438

Color of the Year's Chemistry: Behind pantone's marsala 18-1438

Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

Handspun Bulky Textured Art Yarn Marsala Red Corespun and Beaded with Pearls, Carnelian, Crystal

Marsala is a one of a kind art yarn that I spun. The thick and thin art yarns look amazing in finished products! Handspun corespinning is a slow spinning technique which results in the yarn looking very different from a traditional single. The fibers are allowed to wrap around a core thread at a 90 degree angle, it allows the spinner to create a very strong, soft, warm and lofty yarn. however due to the longer time it takes to create a Corespun yarn the cost is higher.

This Yarn is bulky so I like to knit on a size US 10 but you can knit on any size! Thats the beauty of Art Yarn. The cotton, acrylic, wool blend is based on Marsala PANTONE 18-1438. Covered in garnet colored crystal, freshwater pearls, semi precious carnelian, silk ribbons, gold fibers and some gorgeous other found objects. The inspiration came from Byzantium’s vibrant and energetic color palette jewel tones of red and gold with the pop of white pearls. Woven on a very strong nylon cord.

Bulky – Marsala Handspun Art Yarn
Approximately 31 yards, weight 4.8oz
3-4 WPI

24k Gold Filled Garnet Wire Wrapped Bracelet image 0

Here is another Marsala example of the deep tones of red brown in this 24k Gold Filled Garnet Wire Wrapped Bracelet. Deep red purple color gemstone. For my other graphic design resources check out my category archives graphic section 

24k Gold Filled Garnet Wire Wrapped Bracelet

  • Wire molds to wrist one size
  • 5mm grade C Natural Garnet
  • By Nancy Tranter

Color of the Year for 2014: PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid

 Expressive, exotic 18-3224 Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and warmth

Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global authority, today announced Color of the Year PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014. “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.”


“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Download the Pantone report for spring 2014

hue map and color details for radiant orchid 18-3224

hue map and color details for radiant orchid 18-3224
hue map and color details for radiant orchid 18-3224
Bracelet Radiant Orchid Mix Gemstones Memory Wire Wrap $45.00
Bracelet Radiant Orchid Mix Gemstones Memory Wire Wrap $45.00
Handspun Bulky Textured Art Yarn Radiant Orchid Purple Amethyst Crystal Beaded
Artisanal Yarn available at nancystoreonline.com

I’m excited by radiant orchid because this fuchsia pinky purple is one of my all time favorite colors! I’ve collected several radiant orchid beauty pieces to share with you.

Radiant Orchid as Interior Design

This color of the year is bold, inspiring and fueled with adventure, its showing up on runways and into living rooms across the nation. Individuals drawn to this color are known to be imaginative, creative and original. While this bright hue may not be suited for the faint at heart, don’t feel intimidated to try it out, as it evokes sophistication and confidence. Bright colors like this can pop a punch into your everyday style you can try infusing the color into your look by painting your nails or tie your ensemble together with an orchid bracelet. My store nancystoreonline.com offers a variety of jewelry pieces, all accented with sparkling semi-precious gemstones. So whether you’re putting together an outfit, or combining it into other aspects of your life, remember to get inventive and have fun with it!

source: procato,pantone, L.Eisman