Color Palette Inspiration:
'Pen Blow' Paintings

Wedding Style & Decor
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Photos: Courtesy of Shane McAdams

What do the cast of Jersey Shore and these ink-strewn panels from Brooklyn-based artist Shane McAdams have in common? They've all done serious time in a tanning bed. McAdams creates his "Pen Blow" paintings by emptying ballpoint pen cartridges onto canvases and drying them under UV light in a tanning bed. The rays activate the ink, causing it to bleed and streak into a web of vibrant hues. "The work that you see is the result of hundreds of hours of testing and playing with the material to know what it can do," the artist told Co.Design.

But McAdam's fastidious trial-and-error method produces more than just distinctive artwork—his captivating use of color doubles as a fount of wedding palette inspiration. The ombré tones of cool green and shocking pink easily translate into vivid floral arrangements (like in this reception tablescape), while a mingling of pale springtime hues suggests an elegant garden ceremony.

Find a pen-blown palette that speaks to you on McAdam's website, and visit our Wedding Style page for even more inspiration jumping-off points. —Phillip B. Crook

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