Ideas for Radiant Orchid, Part 1 – Paperclipping 231

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What do you think of the Pantone color choice for 2014: Radiant Orchid?

The captivating, magical and enchanting Radiant Orchid. An invitation to innovation, modern and versatile Radiant Orchid encourages creativity and originality. Imbued with a harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and its rosy undertones emanate great joy, love and health.

The Pantone color choices are not necessarily based on the hottest trend in color, though their color choices sometimes become just that. The color has to do with overall emerging trends in all creative sectors, including what we value as a society, or the way we think about things. That implies something for scrapbookers — something larger than just a fashion fad for the year.

In capturing memories and who we are in our scrapbooks, the Pantone color will help you tell the story of some of what our society wants and values right now. According to the statement above, what society most wants and values right now is:

  • innovation
  • modernity
  • versatility
  • creativity
  • originality
  • confidence
  • joy
  • love
  • health

You can use Radiant Orchid to give a sense of who we are and what we want in our place in time.

How You Can Use Radiant Orchid in Your Scrapbooks

You might be wondering how you would use this color in scrapbooking, or whether you want to use it at all. It doesn’t have to be the main color. Radiant Orchid is gorgeous as a supportive accent color.

Need some ideas for color combinations?

I’m making two videos this month on ideas for using Radiant Orchid in your scrapbooking. Part 1 shares ideas for cooler toned color palettes. Part 2 focuses more on warmer palettes.

I’ve already released Part 1. Paperclipping Members can find it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes. You must be a member to view the video tutorial. Click here for info about a membership.

I will be adding the Part 2 video in a few days. UPDATE: Click here for Ideas for Radiant Orchid, Part 2.

If you’re unsure about this this color, definitely watch the videos. I’ve quickly fallen in love with Radiant and am having so much fun adding it in as a new regular color option!

  • Juleann

    I so love this colour! Your choice of other colours (Canadian spelling), was sooo lovely. Also, thank you for showing how to use Perfect Pearls. I will be scrap lifting.

  • Teresa Smith

    I have always enjoyed shades of purple. When I was a teenager, it was my favorite color; so much so, it was the color of my bedroom walls way back then. As I watched you pull out the color combinations for the first layout, I was a little skeptical about your including the colored accents you created, but wow, what a beautiful color combo it turned out be be! Can’t wait to see what you create in part deux!

  • Thank you, Juleann. BTW, if you’re interested in using Perfect Pearls, I recommend watching episode 193. It’s a fuller demonstration with more details on how to use it, along with other ideas!

  • It’s lovely, isn’t it? I still want to make a page with softer, whiter versions of those colors (without the dark blue). The next episode has very different colors from this one, but possibly just as surprising. I hope you like them, too! We’re midway through the taping. It will be up tomorrow or the next day!

  • Sorken

    I have some old purple papers and you’re giving me ideas on which colours to USD them with.

  • Sorken

    Ooops! I meant to write use.

  • Oh, good!

  • USD – LOL!

  • Jennifer G.

    At the beginning of your videos I often think, with my very non-imaginative brain, that the colors you have chosen are strange combinations and how can they possibly look good together. I am always pleasantly amazed at how great all of your color choices come together. I really need to try and branch out in my color combinations more. I think that my purchase of a few different collections over the past six months may help me. We will see.

  • Thank you, Jennifer. Color is so tricky and the more you work with it, the more you see combination possibilities. But the key is to know how to put those possibilities together in a way that works. You can put ALMOST any group of colors together, but there are keys to making them harmonize with each other. I often share what many of those are in the videos as I pull the colors together and add things to make it all balanced and harmonious.
    What you’re experiencing, yourself, is probably not a non-imaginative brain — just less experience with color. The world of color changed for me years ago when I taught myself how to mix my own paint colors from just a few basic ones. I learned how very nuanced colors are, and how to see them. I’m about to write up the post for the next video tutorial (just released this morning!) and unless I change directions with the post, I plan to talk more about this. So if expanding your color color combinations is something you want to do, try watching the next video and look for the blog post to come up today!

  • What a pretty color and I love how you’ve stated it, too: “…tell the story of some of what our society wants and values right now.” It really is cool how a color or color combo can be suggestive or downright representative of an era.