Part 1: About Emerald Green
This press release from Pantone’s website describes the Color of the Year for 2013:
The 2012 color of the year, PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward. Emerald, a vivid verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight as well as promoting balance and harmony.
Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.
“The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”
Pantone’s copywriters clearly deserve as much pay and status as their color-mixing wizards! lol
The graphic design specification for the color is the PLUS series 3278C, rendered as R0G155B119 and C99M0Y69K0. The fashion/home design specs are 17-5641 TCX or 17-5641 TPX, rendered as R0G152B116 and C86M8Y56K0. Plastic specifications are PQ – 17-5641 and TCX PQ-3278C, while the Hex numbers for web are 009B77.
The suggested Pantone palettes featuring Emerald are “Sophisticated”, featuring textures of satin, velvet and chrystal, “Energize” with a mod, ’60′s touch, and “Heritage” depicted with images of preppy plaid and New England summer camps.
Sophisticated mixes 3278C with Pantone spot colors of gray, beige and taupe. Energize uses yellow to green analogous tones with turquoise blue, while Heritage contrasts the green with Pantone versions of gray, black, Standard Red and Standard Blue.
Can this color be mixed with the artist’s palette?
As you can see, Pantone’s Emerald Green, 3278C, is a very clear mid-tone green, with some blue overtones (at least on my monitor). Most greens created by mixing with artist’s colors are somewhat muted, and tend towards the yellow side of the color wheel, reflecting the way blue and yellow, or yellow and black pigments interact with each other.
This color can be most successfully rendered by using a manufactured green, such as viridian or phthalocyanine.
Emerald Green is a color that to my eye, has a chemical, artifical feel. Viridian and phthalo green are both shades that are best used in painting when muddied up a little with yellow, black, red or purple.
This week’s posts will highlight some of the artist’s colors that can be used to approximate Pantone’s manufactured spot color, 3278C, Emerald Green. Stay tuned!