We’re All Ears Design Challenge: Pantone Greenery

Pantone color of the year 2017Every month, Erin Prais-Hintz offers a new inspiration for an earring design challenge on the Earrings Every Day blog.  The inspiration this month is the Pantone® Color of the Year for 2017: Greenery.  

According to Pantone, this is a “life-affirming” color:

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.  Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.

I am more partial to the colors leaves turn in the fall than the vibrant greens of spring buds. But this is a perfectly nice color nevertheless.  And, as it turns out, it’s a fairly close match to Premo! Accents® Bright Green Pearl polymer clay.

I usually mix my polymer clay to get desired colors.  For this earring design challenge, I opted to use the Bright Green Pearl straight from the package.  However, I did dress it up with some silk-screened botanical prints.

My first effort didn’t turn out as envisioned.  The color of the gold paint was too close to the color of the green clay and I didn’t get a good contrast from the silkscreen design.  So I didn’t bother to make earrings with the discs I made.

polymer clay earring components

The silkscreen pattern came out perfectly crisp on these polymer clay earring medallions. Sadly, the color of the gold acrylic paint I chose didn’t contrast enough with the pearly green background.

After I switched to using chalk pastels to silkscreen the patterns onto the clay, things turned out just the way I hoped and I ended up with two lovely pairs of earrings.  Btw, I learned all about how to silkscreen on polymer clay from this awesomely comprehensive e-book by The Blue Bottle Tree.

Green and blue earrings

I used a dark navy blue chalk to silkscreen the leaf pattern on the medallions for these earrings. They’re accented with blue Czech glass glass rondelles on silver wires.  Navy blue with bright green is a classic color combination that I’ve used many times before in my jewelry.

I kept the earring designs simple, despite my usual urge to add all kinds of dangles.  In the end, I realized the simplicity of the design is more fitting for the feelings this color is supposed to evoke.

green white leaf earrings

I used white chalk pastel for the leaf pattern on these earrings. They’re paired with white Czech glass corrugated melon beads on silver wires.  I don’t know why, but these earrings make me think of tropical island resorts.  Which is weird because I’ve never been and have no desire to go.

I’m not anywhere near ready to begin thinking about spring. It’s the middle of winter and we’ve barely had a dusting of snow, with temperatures being well above average most days.  I love winter, and snow.  Spring foliage is lovely, but it makes me sneeze and itch and wheeze.  However, these earrings definitely make me think “spring.” Pantone calls this color “nature’s neutral” and I think these earrings would go nicely with a wide range of spring fashion.

As always, many thanks to Erin for the design inspiration.  Be sure to hop over to the Earrings Every Day blog to see how she interpreted this challenge.

4 thoughts on “We’re All Ears Design Challenge: Pantone Greenery

  1. Divya

    These are super duper gorgeous and they are making me swoon over them. Even the gold and green looks great. you could pair it with bold colors like pink or green for a dashing pair of earrings

  2. Mona Arnott

    The simple elegance of your earrings is beautiful. The silkscreen effect is so lovely. I bet you could use the green/gold pair by adding another silkscreen colour on top followed by liquid polymer to seal it. I’ve been intrigued by the idea of silkscreening and your designs are inspiring

  3. Sarajo Wentling

    Sorry I’m so late hopping! It’s been nuts in my world. I love what you did with the silk screen effect on the green polymer… so cool and fun! Even though the first set didn’t turn out quite as you had hoped, I think they are still awesome and would totally use them with some gold findings. I’m just starting to play with polymer… will have to check that tutorial out sometime. Thanks for sharing!

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