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Pantone Color of the Year: Color Conversions For 8 Mediums

Welcome to 2020!! I feel a little nervous about such an auspicious number….but a little excited about it too. I remember thinking when 2000 came I would be “really old” – so surviving another 20 years is a bonus after that, right!?!? Oh the things we say as children!

Anyhoo – it’s time for Pantone’s Color of the Year. They pick a new one each year and this time it’s Classic Blue, Pantone 19-4052, of which they say on their site: “Pantone post  Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”

I did a ton of research to figure out what “one” color is “the” blue…and though I did mostly get there, any nice medium-to-dark blue that’s got a nice saturation to it will work! My research indicated that the named color number is not in any of the printers’ Pantone books, it’s a fabric color….but there’s a cooool site called Encycolorpedia that listed paint colors from brands of house paint. So I went around and gathered up color swatches to try to match the mediums I love to use! 

Pantone Color of the Year: Color Conversions For 8 Mediums

In my video today I’ll show you how I made my chart, as well as a Copic colored card using the pretty Copic blues! The colors for each medium I selected:

  • Prismacolor – 902 Ultramarine
  • Polychromos – 151 Helio Blue-Reddish
  • Albrecht Durer  – 151 Helio Blue-Reddish
  • DS Watercolor  – Prussian
  • Copic Marker- B28
  • Zig Clean Color – 037 Cornflour Blue
  • Tombow  -565 Deep Blue
  • Distress – Blueprint Sketch

The simple card uses Copic Markers on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, my favorite coloring paper. Some of you might notice I didn’t start with the lightest color like usual; I just wanted to get those nice darks in there and make a simple pass or two for the lights, and not end up going over them repeatedly to blend; not coloring them first is one less layer!

Pantone Color of the Year: Color Conversions For 8 Mediums

The chart can be downloaded by clicking below….note that it is entirely BLANK so you can choose your own mediums and favorite blues. I printed mine on Arches Cold Press which can handle the mediums I chose, even if not well; at least it wouldn’t crinkle up. BUT you can also just make swatches 1-3/4” x 1-3/4″ to glue on, then you can print the page on whatever kind of cardstock you would like.

Pantone Color of the Year: Color Conversions For 8 Mediums

Finishing off the card was kept simple – just a popped panel on a colored card base. Remember to match some of the colors in the image when selecting a card base color – it’ll draw attention to those parts on the card. I sometimes choose whatever was a tiny accent color to make it stand out more.

Pantone Color of the Year: Color Conversions For 8 Mediums

The other cards shown here are in watercolor and watercolor pencil (below) and colored pencil (above). They’re all over on my blog today – where I have a discussion going about the “Palette Explorations” that are provided by Pantone.

Pantone Color of the Year: Color Conversions For 8 Mediums

Palette Explorations are colors that the designers at Pantone think work with the main color – so they all stem off the Classic Blue. While I never would have picked them myself, it’s interesting to learn from trying to use them – they’re making me get out colors I hardly ever use, and that’s always a good thing!

Pantone Color of the Year: Color Conversions For 8 Mediums

Hope your 2020 isn’t full of any kind of Blues except the CLASSIC kind!


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