Pastel colors - Baby blue, taffy pink, frosty mint or maybe some lemon ice. I love their names, but pastel colors are just not on my go-to color list. They are trending though and I have had 2 briefs now calling out for Pastels and Pop so it's definitely time to have a go at them. I have to admit that after day of playing around with them, I may have a new-found love. Soft, milky, washed out colors bring images of candy store treats or carnivals to mind. Unfortunately, I have none of these in my repertoire of motifs so I had to play around with what I already had. Paint chips are a great source of hands on pastel colour inspiration, as are my pantone coloured pencils. Pastel floral doodles - pretty fun with a nice vintage feel. I believe we once had a picnic table cover just like that packed away in the back of our station wagon for impromptu stops along the road. I also seem to remember a dress with a similar print. I would be very happy living in a village of pastel coloured houses. I should have made this with canals and it could have been Murano Island. One thing I have discovered about these colors is that it is hard to make them pop. I originally had this on a white background, but it wasn't really adding anything to the print. A darker, cobble stone background helped out, but I am definitely going to have to continue working on this one. There is just something about the negative space that is throwing me off. Have you checked out Emily Kiddys trend boards? I was happy to see this one come out while I had pastels on my mind. You can also pop over to her Pinterest account for more trend reports and visual eye candy here I love her trend boards and her blog in general. It is full of useful information, pretty graphics and lots of inspiration. This board alone has already given me a few other ideas to try. Watch out for it! So does this mean that pastel coloured jeans are coming back ..again..in 2016?