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the language of color

I am learning all sorts of new things as I’m working on launching a paint line. One of those lessons has been on the universal language of color. In order to communicate with the designers I’m collaborating with, I have had to learn the standard, the reference point, so we’re all looking at the same color. I have lots of paint decks (I am bit of a junkie), so I thought I could just pull out the Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams color that was closest to what I was thinking for one of my 12 colors. Well, that’s not the case. That would probably work in a pinch, but it’s not the standard. The standard is Pantone.

 

 

 

So now I have my color reader and my Pantone paint deck and I am able to find the Pantone color that matches my custom milk paint color.

 

 

 

 

Sometimes the reader was dead on and other times I had to go to a color near the one it suggested.  Milk Paint has a lot of variation in the color, so it was important to have the physical paint deck to compare.

Why was it important to get the color right?  First of all, I needed to let Reni, my label designer know the colors, so the dresser on the label on each box of paint shows the customer what color is in the box…

Second, I am so excited to share that I am collaborating with Dawn of Oliveira Designs to carry a line of gorgeous fabrics and pillows to coordinate with the paint colors.  Amazing, right?  Since she’s a designer, she had a Pantone paint deck, so now we can compare colors and make sure we’re on the same page.  Very important when coordinating fabric with paint!

 It’s exciting stuff!

Another lesson I’m learning is that managing all of my retailers and potential retailers is taking over my life!  I finally hired an assistant.  It was the perfect timing and the perfect person had the perfect conversation with me at the perfect moment.  That conversation was an answer to her prayers and mine.  It’s awesome how that works out and I can’t wait to introduce you to her.  And to make it even more perfect…her name is Faith.

 

 

Disclosure:  This is not a paid post, but X-rite/Pantone sent me the color reader a few months ago and recently sent me a complimentary paint deck.  I’m giving them some link love for sending me something I really needed and was going to buy anyway.

 







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  1. Congratulations on all of your success! I can’t wait to try some of your milk paint colors.

    Shasta @InTheOldRoad

  2. I love those textiles! I can hardly wait to see everything :) How does one become a retailer?

  3. Can’t wait to see those fabrics! Congratulations!

  4. This is so exciting!!! Cannot wait to try your new line!

  5. Pantone color decks make me smile. I still have mine from my college days. I can’t wait for the new paints to come out. I have the perfect piece just waiting!

  6. Exciting times, Marian!
    Always great to “hear” from you!
    Your journey continues to inspire me!!!
    ( perhaps you will think I am a bit forward, but I feel like sending you HUGS, so here it goes)
    Hugs,
    Claudine

  7. Hi Marian,

    Will you be selling your paint in the UK? I might be interested in being a stockist:-)

    Jackie

    • Meghan, Bristol says:

      Oooh, I hope Marian gets to send it over here – I’d love to try her colours out over here!

  8. Great post Marion,very informative,

  9. clarika tanner says:

    congratulation, I cannot wait to be able to buy your milk paint. This is all so exciting, I even have a project in mind!

  10. I cannot imagine the work that goes into launching a product like this! Reni did a beautiful job on the labels and having the dresser be the color of the paint inside is perfect! I’ve used pantone for about 6 years and it is always right on, no matter if you’re working with paint, fabric, digital elements or whatnot, it’s the gold standard! Love my pantone!

  11. Good for you on all accounts!!! Great way to start my day, hearing good news:) Cannot wait to buy me some paint!

  12. Ooooh. I want one of those Pantone color decks….pretty colors….

  13. What is your date on having all this ready for us to buy? We are all sooo excited about this.

  14. sonny says:

    This is a very exciting time in your life. Enjoy every moment and wishing you great success.

    I hope this question isnt too far off topic … Can milk paint be used on furniture that would be under a covered// but not enclosed// porch? thanks in advance

    Sonny

  15. gah! fabrics, too!!?? swoon. . .

  16. Teresa says:

    Oh my! I love your “dresser label”…awesome! And fabric and pillows are coming?! I think I should let you know I am living vicariously through you! Love your work…keep going strong!

  17. I love how God works out all the details of our lives! It is so exciting to watch this all come together even from afar. And I love that your assistant’s name is Faith…”faith as small as a mustard seed!” You are moving mountains! Love, love, love it!

  18. Color Reader is to Interior Decorator as Night Vision Goggles are to Dudes Who Like to Hunt. Coolness, Batman.

  19. Anne Boykin says:

    Dear MMS, So glad you hired an assistant! How wonderful that you are going to do fabrics – it’s all so exciting! Can’t wait to try some of your milk paint – tricycle sounds and looks wonderful. Hugs, Anne Boykin

  20. Dawn Engstrom says:

    Miss Mustard Seed:
    I just got a WONDERFUL chippy dresser from Craig’s List
    http://images.craigslist.org/5L95F65H43M13Lc3Idc6nb87ca75a27761764.jpg

    And am WAITING IMPATIENTLY for your milk paint line! I live in Omaha, Nebraska…Will I have a retailer close or need to order? and WHEN!

    Love your blog and your creative spirit! I’m so excited to see your paint line!
    Respectfully,
    Dawn Engstrom

  21. What cute labels for the paint box!
    Of course I wouldn’t expect anything less from you.

    Congrat’s on hiring an assistant.
    In the midst of all this goodness, I hope you remember to take of you, too.

    Blessings!

  22. Hi Marian- just wanted you to know I featured you on my blog today as one of my all time favorites!!

  23. I am all about getting my hands on your Milk Paint. I loved looking at Haven pics and seeing the box labels – Love them! They are so you. You must be having so much fun – and now fabric??? Oh Man, you are one incredible woman. Can’t wait to get my hands on paint and fabric, and I can’t wait to go to a Haven conference – hopefully next year. Until then, I’ll just keep reading your post. Take care – seems like an awful lot of work!

  24. Marian…Thank you very much for announcing right here on MMS that we will be collaborating on pillows/fabrics and paint. I’m thrilled. And yes Pantone is the ‘man’ – when it comes to universal communication..anywhere on the globe–seriously, with my mill in Europe or my mill here in RI..we can all get on the same page with a Pantone number at the ready…..the eye for matching that color in physical paint–welllllll that comes with experience….and we go it.
    Crazy week trying to complete some printing projects before all the mills close for the 2 weeks around July 4th. No fear I’m working on “Madeira Vine”……
    Artwork coming.
    Kindest
    Dawn
    http://www.oliveiratextiles.com
    info@oliveiratextiles.com

  25. Marian…Thank you very much for announcing right here on MMS that we will be collaborating on pillows/fabrics and paint. I’m thrilled. And yes Pantone is the ‘man’ – when it comes to universal communication..anywhere on the globe–seriously, with my mill in Europe or my mill here in RI..we can all get on the same page with a Pantone number at the ready…..the eye for matching that color in physical paint–welllllll that comes with experience….and we got it.
    Crazy week trying to complete some printing projects before all the mills close for the 2 weeks around July 4th. No fear I’m working on “Madeira Vine”……
    Artwork coming.
    Kindest
    Dawn
    http://www.oliveiratextiles.com
    info@oliveiratextiles.com

  26. Kristie says:

    I have used milk paints in the past and I am SO excited to try MMS’s milk paints. When and where? Looking forward to it. :)

  27. Awww, this is so exciting!! I’ve loved reading these posts, watching your dreams come true! I can’t wait to see the fabrics and everything else that is coming together for you! And congratulations with Faith, that sounds so perfect!

    xo, Leanne

  28. Denise says:

    I am smiling . I used to work with someone with this name, Faith. You have been given many blessings . Can’t wait to get my hands on MMS Milk paint.

  29. Enthusiasm in is Contageous…..and you are…I can do pencil,pen and ink,pastel,color pencil…fair on water color and acrylics…and color is such a wonderful part of life…When I play in pastel…the colors are endless…yep shades….and red is very tricky…One of the reasons red glass was always more expensive was because difficult to recreate. Primarys are always the toughest…

    Love that you have a assistant…You have come along way Baby…but just think how many assistance Martha has…and I bet your more fun to work with…and a name like Faith…meant to be…

    I always thought to display your painted legs like a color wheel…and to get some more and mix the paint and show tone difference…..I tell lots lots did I say lots of people to check out your blog..when they see some of my stuff…

  30. Elaine says:

    Oooooh….. a Pantone paint deck! I love color and would just play with this all day! I, too, am eagerly awaiting your milk paint release – I have a corner cabinet in my dining room waiting! And fabric too!!!!! I am so impressed – have fun with all of this!

  31. Hi Marian,

    Will you be shipping your milk paint to Canada as well?

  32. Wonderful! I love it all! God paints wonderful stories……..

  33. I’m excited about the coordinating fabrics! Can’t wait to see all the creative things people will be doing with your colors :)

  34. Your packaging is totally wonderful! I love it! And good for you hiring an assistant! So awesome how God works things out!

  35. I am interested in becoming a retailer for your milk paint. We have been in business 16 years in West End, NC. We carry the ASCP line and want to carry milk paint also. AS sent out emails stating it would not be a conflict of interest. Please let me know where to apply,etc. Good luck in all your adventures!!! We are following you and wishing you luck!!!

  36. Lots of great things happening for you!
    Can’t wait to try some milk paint and hoping to have a good reason soon to redo some spaces in my house.

    Lots of love and keep on being awesome.
    Bernadette

  37. This post simply made me join your “lab” Kim

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