Crafters love using lots of colour in craft projects, no matter if they’re papercraft, sewing, jewellery making or baking. Colour is everywhere – it’s an essential part of life. Choosing the correct colour combinations can transform something plain into an emotive piece of art. Many of us resonate with certain hues; they can draw significant memories into the forefront of our minds, sway our moods for better or for worse, and elicit an emotional response. Last year, Pantone’s Colour of the Year was ‘Rose Quartz’. This year, it’s taken a refreshing twist.
Yes, the Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 is ‘Greenery’ – but it isn’t without good reason. This choice of colour is somewhat symbolic, attempting to help us restore confidence in our ever-changing world. All over the world, politics has been the hot topic of many societies and a lot of us have been left uncertain about what the future holds. Greenery represents our longing to restore and revitalise our Earth; it epitomises our desire to connect with nature and the society around us. This powerful Colour of the Year 2017 symbolises new beginnings.
Greenery isn’t an uncommon part of life. You can find it running along in the streets of your city, the heart of your parks, and even in your own back garden. The fresh colour reminds us to take a moment to really appreciate the outside world. It reminds us that life doesn’t always have to be fast-paced, but sometimes we should take a few minutes to breathe. Greenery reassures us that the world isn’t just an industrialised place; our Earth is filled natural beauty and vitality, too. Really, greenery is all around us. You’ve just got to look for it.
A fantastic bonus for crafters is that greenery complements many other colours; it’s the ideal partner. This hue is trans-seasonal – it works especially well in all four seasons- so you could match up greenery with pastels for spring, brights for summer, moody hues for autumn, and deep colours for winter. Greenery enables you to create perfectly coordinating craft projects all year round, welcoming you to tell a story. If you want to take advantage of greenery in your crafting, here’s a list of some of our most refreshingly zesty-hued craft products.
For starters, we have a mesmerising ‘Mellow Sage‘ shade of greenery from Hunkydory. This refreshing colour is showcased across 24 sheets of 350gsm Adorable Scorable cardstock. With a super-smooth coating, this strong board takes a deep score with no loss of vibrancy.
Tattered Lace also has a greenery vibe, offering a ‘Spring Scenes’ paper pack that celebrates the springtime. The pack contains 32 sheets of nature-inspired papers that imitate the appearance of the sun shining onto the green grass, with streams of light and blurred circles.
People don’t often associate green with baking, but it’s completely possible to make a mouthwatering cake that has green accents. Wilton’s Green Sugar Sprinkles match Pantone’s greenery perfectly, allowing you to add a dash of natural colour to your cookies and cakes.
If stitchcraft is your forte, Korbond has a greenery-inspired reel of polyester thread to offer. No matter the season, greenery is a fabulous colour to incorporate into dressmaking projects. If you’re planning on going green, this 100% core spun thread is the perfect accompaniment.
Green clothing doesn’t suit everyone, but that doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice wearing the Colour of the Year. Instead of using green fabrics, you could just incorporate Trimits’ green buttons into your look! They’ll even work as papercraft embellishments.
If green brings out the vibrancy of your eyes and really makes your skin glow, Dylon has just the trick. Transform plain white clothing into a vivid shade of green that’s brimming with life and the freshness of the tropics, using their ‘Tropical Green’ machine fabric dye with salt.
What colours do we think complement greenery best? Earthy tones, for sure! This huge pack of Size 8 Seed Beads from TotallyBeads contains 20 bags of greens, browns and yellows that are sure to make you feel closer to nature – even if it’s just in your jewellery making.
Dreamees’ Dinky Inkies Set 3 features a green gem that resembles Pantone’s greenery, matched with other hues to enhance its organic shade. These water-based inks are specially formulated to take the blending solution directly from the pad, thus producing rich hues.