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Who woulda thought beer came in so many colors of yellow and brown? It took two beer-loving creatives from a Swiss ad agency to catalog the subtle shades of 202 of their local brews into the Beertone Guide, a color guide for beer lovers.

Alexander Michelbach & Daniel Eugster analyzed each beer to determine the exact color value with a spectro-photometer. The result is a fan book (similar to a Pantone guide) ordered by the different beer colors, from lightest to darkest, complete with RGB, CMYK, and HTML color codes for each beer. Brilliant!

The Beertone guide also gives a brief profile of each beer listing the beer style, alcohol volume, beer label, food pairing and more.

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Over the years I’ve planted fifty daffodil bulbs each fall in the field around my house and then waited for winter’s snows to melt to enjoy their early eruption of color. I always buy bags of assorted mixes because I like the variety of shapes and hues. This spring they’ve been snowed on repeatedly but their hardy blooms are still hanging on. Today’s color palettes are in honor of the daffodil’s tenacity and beauty.

 

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Luminous fish and fowl inspired this color palette of pink and yellow.

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Most people find old-fashioned radiators unsightly and a decorating hardship, but I have a nostalgic affection for them.

As a kid, my morning dreams were pushed aside by the reassuring clonking of pipes and the sputtering and hissing of cast iron radiators as they pushed an even warmth through our rambling old house. After a cold day of skiing I would press myself up against a radiator until my long underwear felt like it was going to burn my skin. The cats and dogs nestled up against them too.

I wish I’d thought to paint the radiator in my bedroom in a gradient of warm colors. But I would’ve reversed the colors so that the hot red was at the end of the radiator where the steam pipe entered it and became warm first and then fade the color out to yellow at the cooler far end.

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There’s something wonderful about being given a gift that is imaginatively and personally wrapped. The excitement of discovering what lies within a package sheathed in unusual paper with crisply folded corners, a pretty bow and card is a pleasure.

I recently received a small present lovingly wrapped in handmade paper from Nepal and tied with a simple brown cord. My friend made the card to match. I was delighted by the colors and textures of the wrapping and am saving the bits and pieces for some to-be-decided future project. Her creative wrapping enhanced my experience of opening the package, and has gone on to inspire one of my color palettes!

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Even when I’m working with paper and paint textiles seem to be on my mind. This little group of monoprints was created by using paper strips woven together.

The top two prints are impressions of weaving and were made by inking and weaving paper strips together and placing them on the plate to print.

For the next two, I cut up old prints that I wasn’t satisfied with into strips and woven them together. You can see that I’d experimented with printing knit fabric in these two. I like the combination of knit and woven in the same piece.

The mouthwatering sherbert-y shades of mango, raspberry, citrus, watermellon and banana give them a cheerful and summery feel.

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I  snapped these photos in various casinos while passing through Las Vegas last month en-route to Death Valley. (All except the peony, that is.) I don’t usually think of yellows and oranges as being sophisticated colors, but with the addition of the bronzey metallic and dark shades and touches of green I think  these color combinations are quite intriguing.

If one can get past the din and the gaudiness of Las Vegas and look closely enough, some pretty interesting textures and colors will surface. I  snapped these photos in various casinos one evening while passing through there last month, en-route to Death Valley. (All except the peony, that is.)

This grouping of photos fell together naturally. I don’t usually think of yellows and oranges as being sophisticated colors, but with the addition of the bronzey metallics, dark shades and touches of green I think  these color combinations are quite arresting.

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This fashion plate is from my mother’s collection of hand-stenciled pochoir prints from the French fashion magazine La Gazette Du Bon Ton. The sourball yellow rainwear ensemble was featured 90 years ago, but the styling and the colors seem totally current. Personally I’d feel right at home fending off April showers in this “costume pour le yachting”.  I’m especially drawn to the gathered cuffs and asymmetrical front opening.
The model’s body language seems to say “bring it on Mother Nature!” She could hardly dread the storm, being protected as she is by such stylish gear.
The avante guard movements in modern art influenced fashion illustration in the early 20th century and elevated it to art. Look closely at the background detail too- the huge looming yacht above the smaller sailboats in the foreground, the rain clouds and the choppy water.
The era of fashion plates came to an end in the 1930’s with the rise of fashion photography.

The color and styling of this sourball yellow rainwear ensemble was featured 90 years ago in the French fashion magazine La Gazette Du Bon Ton, yet it seems totally current. This 1920 hand-stenciled pochoir print is from my mother’s personal collection of fashion plates.

The model’s body language seems to say “Bring it on Mother Nature!” She could hardly dread the storm, being protected as she is in such stylish gear.  Personally I would feel quite chic fending off April showers in this “costume pour le yachting”. The gathered cuffs and asymmetrical front opening and big buttons are especially appealing to me.

The avante guard movements in modern art influenced fashion illustration in the early 20th century and elevated it to art. Look closely at the background detail – the huge looming yacht above the smaller sailboats in the foreground, the rain clouds and the choppy water.

The era of fashion plates came to an end in the 1930’s with the rise of fashion photography.

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