artist spotlight / pantone smoothies

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend, enjoying the last few weeks of summer. While it's starting to feel like fall, we won't be done with summer until late September and I'm holding on tight until the season is officially over.

Nothing says summer like bright colors, ripe fruit and refreshing smoothies, so I was excited to discover the Pantone Smoothies series by Hedvig Astrom Kushner, a "delicious color experiment" that matches smoothies to Pantone swatches. Kushner, a Swedish art director working in NYC, realized that making smoothies was similar to mixing paint and wanted to see if it was possible to color-match smoothies to any particular Pantone swatch.


Pantone Smoothie 7520

½ cup fresh strawberries
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup milk
¼ pineapple slice
1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 tsp honey

INSTRUCTIONS: Place the strawberries, yogurt, milk, pineapple chunk, peanut butter and honey in a blender. Puree until very smooth. Serve with ice. 


Pantone Smoothie 610U

1/3 avocado
1/3 mango
1/3 cucumber
Juice from ½ lime
½ cup coconut water
1 tsp honey

INSTRUCTIONS: Ultra fresh summer flavor. Mix and enjoy. 


Pantone Smoothie 644

2/3 cup of almond milk
½ cup blueberries
½  bananas
1/3 tsp spirulina

INSTRUCTIONS: Mix it all together, add ice. Spare a few berries for garnish.  


As a huge lover of color and Pantone swatches myself (see my Color Profile posts on blush, citron, fuchsia and indigo), I love how experimental and playful this series is. It reminds me of another really strong Pantone series from last year; Food Art Pairings from Dschwen.

While summer is still here and the weather is warm, experiment with your own smoothies! Think you can color match to your favorite Pantone color?