2016 Pantone Color of the Year & Your Favorite Office Supplies

Rose Quartz & Serenity - Pantone Colors of the Year 2016

Rose Quartz & Serenity – Pantone Colors of the Year 2016

The Pantone color of the year for 2016 is actually a pairing of two colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity. The Pantone website explains the thought behind their selection for this year:

Joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

Would you like to add these calm, relaxing colors to your stationery arsenal? Below are a few of our favorite choices of pens, ink and paper related items that are part of this color family.

The first pens that come to my mind when I think of Serenity and Rose Quartz are the Platinum Plaisir fountain pens in a pearlized soft pink and frosty blue. Also worth mentioning is the popular Aurora Style Aquamarine pale blue fountain pen.

It’s not common to find pastel shades of fountain pen ink, however there are a few inks out there that remind me of the 2016 Pantone colors. Noodler’s Periwinkle Eternal Ink is inspired by the color of the blue curve of a periwinkle snail’s shell and Noodler’s Ink Polar Blue makes me think of washed denim. J. Herbin’s Bouquet d’Antan is a soft, muted shade of light pink. If the thought of a tropical sea makes you feel relaxed, then try J. Herbin Bleu Azur fountain pen ink.

The PlePle Candy Wrap Pen and Pencil Case is a calming shade of blue.

Personalize your letters or other items by using a brass stamp and J. Herbin Rose colored Supple Sealing Wax.

Shades of blue and pink pastel paper can be found in Clairefontaine’s Multiple Subject Notebooks (small, medium or large) and Clairefontaine Loose Sheets of paper with Graph or French Rules. Exacompta also has pastel colored index cards that are super smooth and their grid lines make it so that any side of the card can be the top.

What are your favorite Rose Quartz and Serenity blue colored pens, paper and ink?

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Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 – Marsala

Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 - Marsala

Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 – Marsala

Pantone has announced the color of the year for 2015 to be Marsala. Here’s what Pantone has to say about this year’s earthy wine colored choice:

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

If you’re in the mood to capture this color trend with your fountain pen and ink, here are our top choices:

LAMY AL-Star Fountain Pen Purple

LAMY AL-Star Fountain Pen Purple

LAMY Al-Star Fountain Pen in Purple

The light-weight aluminum Al-Star fountain pen comes in this fantastic purple color!

Pilot Metal Falcon Fountain Pen in Burgundy

Pilot Metal Falcon Fountain Pen in Burgundy

Pilot Metal Falcon Fountain Pen – Burgundy

Fancy up your handwriting by using this burgundy metal Falcon fountain pen with a semiflex nib. The Platinum 3776 Century Fountain Pen in Bourgogne and the Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen in Bordeaux also come in shades of Marsala.

Noodler's Ink - Burgundy

Noodler’s Ink – Burgundy

Noodler’s Ink in Burgundy

This classic burgundy color of ink would look great in any fountain pen! If you’re going to use it in your purple LAMY Al-Star, remember to get the LAMY Z24 Ink Converter so you can use bottled ink.

Noodler's Ink - Black Swan in English Roses

Noodler’s Ink – Black Swan in English Roses

Noodler’s Ink Black Swan in English Roses

Black Swan in English Roses is specifically made by Noodler’s Ink for flex nib fountain pens, so it would be a great choice for your Falcon semiflex nib fountain pen.

Monteverde Burgundy Ink Cartridges for LAMY Fountain Pens

Monteverde Burgundy Ink Cartridges for LAMY Fountain Pens

Monteverde Ink Cartridges for LAMY Fountain Pens – 5 Pack, Burgundy

If you’d rather use ink cartridges instead of bottled ink, Monteverde makes a burgundy ink cartridge for LAMY fountain pens including the Al-Star. We’ve discovered that these ink cartridges also fit pens that use standard international ink cartridges if you use the other end of the cartridge.

J. Herbin Supple Sealing Wax - Burgundy

J. Herbin Supple Sealing Wax – Burgundy

J. Herbin Supple Sealing Wax – Burgundy

Okay, so this isn’t a pen or ink, but won’t your letters look great when they are sealed with matching burgundy J. Herbin Sealing Wax?

J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink – Ambre de Birmanie

If you’d rather have an ink that contrasts nicely with a Marsala colored fountain pen, Pantone suggests an amber color such as J. Herbin’s Ambre de Birmanie ink.

J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink - Vert Reseda

J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink – Vert Reseda

J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink – Vert Reseda

Also suggested by Pantone as colors to complement Marsala are “greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.” We like the French green color of Vert Reseda.

What do you think of Marsala as the Pantone color of the year for 2015? Are there any pens and ink in shades of Marsala that you’d like to recommend?

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Inspired by Radiant Orchid Pantone Color of the Year 2014

Radiant Orchid - Pantone's Color of the Year 2014

Radiant Orchid – Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014

The Pantone color of the year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid, a purple-pink that is described by Pantone with these eloquent words:

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

If you find this color to be inspiring and would like to add this color family to your daily arsenal of paper, journals, ink and writing instruments we have some suggestions for you.

Exacompta Forum Journals

Exacompta Forum Journals

Exacompta Journal with a Lilac Club Cover

The sturdy leatherette Lilac Club cover on this Exacompta journal can be refilled over and over again with 190 sheet refills in graph, blank or undated 365/lined paper.

Rhodiarama Webnotebooks Purple - A5 & A6 Sizes

Rhodiarama Webnotebooks in Purple – A5 & A6 Sizes

Rhodiarama Webnotebook in Purple

Rhodia’s Webnotebook contains some of the best quality paper you’ll ever find, plus you can get it with a purple Italian leatherette cover. Available in both A5 and A6 sizes.

LAMY AL-Star Fountain Pen Purple

LAMY AL-Star Fountain Pen Purple

LAMY Al-Star Fountain Pen – Purple

The LAMY Al-Star purple aluminum fountain pen is a very deep, dark shade of purple-pink – we might even call it Midnight Orchid.

Zebra Optex Highlighters

Zebra Optex Highlighters

Zebra Optex Highlighter in Purple-Pink

We were excited to discover that Zebra Optex highlighters include a Radiant Orchid shade of purple-pink!

Pentel Energel Alloy RT BL407 Gel Pen - Metallic Pink

Pentel Energel Alloy RT BL407 Gel Pen – Metallic Pink

Pentel Energel Alloy Gel Pen in Metallic Pink with Violet Ink Refill

The Pentel Energel Metallic Pink Gel Pen is made from a long-lasting aluminum alloy and can be refilled with a great shade of Violet Energel ink (refills purchased separately).

Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink - Crimson Glory Vine (Yama-budo)

Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink – Crimson Glory Vine (Yama-budo)

Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink – Crimson Glory Vine

This is our biggest temptation when it comes to Radiant Orchid shades of ink – Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink in Crimson Glory Vine (or yama-budo). Such a beautiful glass bottle too!

Noodler's Ink - Saguaro Wine

Noodler’s Ink – Saguaro Wine

Noodler’s Ink – Saguaro Wine

Noodler’s has such a huge variety of fountain pen ink we’re not surprised to find this Radiant Orchid shade of Saguaro Wine. It’s made in America too.

J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink - Larmes de Cassis

J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink – Larmes de Cassis

J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink – Larmes de Cassis

The name Larmes de Cassis means “Tears of Blackcurrant” and according to J. Herbin it is the symbol of grievance and penitence (Tears).

Platinum Fountain Pen Ink - Silky Purple

Platinum Fountain Pen Ink – Silky Purple

Platinum Mix Free Fountain Pen Ink – Silky Purple

Platinum’s Silky Purple Mix-Free fountain pen ink can safely be combined with other Mix-Free inks to create custom shades of fountain pen ink. We like the Radiant Orchid purple-pink shade of this ink just the way it is!

Other fountain pen inks that belong to the Radiant Orchid purple-pink color family include:

These are just a few paper, pen and ink supplies that can add more Radiant Orchid purple-pink to your home or office desk. What Radiant Orchid stationery supplies do you find inspiring?

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