“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment” is a quote from Claude Monet, the founder of French impressionist painting…And yesterday I had to agree with him! I am sure many of you know that I love to use colour on my cakes and I like to try new combinations to see what I can create. Yesterday I set myself the challenge of using a colour palette that is not in my ‘comfort zone’.
Looking for colour inspiration
I look for colour inspiration in many places. When preparing for yesterday’s mini cake class I happen to be browsing the internet and came across Martha Stewart’s wedding colour palettes. Whilst there I spotted her opalescent colour scheme. I decided it was again time for me to have a go using colours I am not instantly drawn too. I often find it difficult to use pastels. However, I know that the majority of my students love them. I ended up choosing peach, lavender, pale pink, pale orange and ivory.
Spending time colouring paste
I must admit that I did spend a couple of hours colouring my paste. For me achieving the right tone, hue or tint is critical to the overall scheme. From experience, I know that not everyone sees colour the way I do. Nor is everyone as ‘obsessed’ with colouring the paste to get it just right. From my personal point of view, I think it is worthwhile, especially when I am using colours that are not so familiar to me.
Opalescent colour scheme – the results
As predicted, many of my students did like my opalescent colour scheme. They told me it looked very subtle and sophisticated. I found, however, that it wasn’t easy balancing the colours. Maybe not quite a ‘torment’ as described by Monet, but I was exhausted by the end of the day!!!!
Here are the demonstration cakes I created for my students, I hope they inspire you.
All the mini cakes I decorated were 6cm (2.5inch) in size – the perfect little canvas on which to experiment.
What do you think?
I’d love to hear what you think of this colour scheme. Is it one that you would be happy to use? Or would you find it a bit of a struggle like me?
Sweet wishes and happy sugarcrafting
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