“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, I like to try new combinations to see what I can create. So yesterday I set myself the challenge of using a colour palette that is not in my ‘comfort zone’.
I look for colour inspiration in many places but 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 and decided it was again time for me to have a go using colours I am not instantly drawn too. I know I find it difficult to use pastels but I also know that the majority of my students love them, so I guessed that the colours I’d chosen to work with would probably appeal to many!!! I ended up choosing peach, lavender, pale pink, pale orange and ivory.
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 over all scheme. I know that not everyone sees colour the way I do or is as ‘obsessed’ when colouring paste to get it just right but I personally think it is worth while, especially when I am using colours that are not so familiar to me.
As predicted, many of my students did like my colour scheme and told me it looked very subtle and sophisticated. I found however that it wasn’t easy balancing the colours, may be not quite a ‘torment’ as described as 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.
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?