Tickled Pink - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade - June 3, 2015


I will be the first to admit that for a long, long time, I pretty much hated the softer shades of pink.  I won't go into the reason why I felt this revulsion besides to say I saw way too much of it for several years at a job I had.  Waaaay.  Tooooo.  Muuuuuch! Now I still adored the strong pinks, such as hot pinks and especially fuchsias, but not the softer “girlie” pinks.  Today, however, I have made my peace with the softer side of pink.  While it won't become anywhere near my favorite color, I have come to tolerate and somewhat admire it (in smaller doses) and even wear it on occasion or two.  




Pink blossoming friendship tree any occasion card handmade by Lisa of Cards by Li Be!  




Pink is seen as being a soft, feminine color today and is a well known for breast cancer awareness.  Pink bombards us on the much too long lead-up to Valentine's Day.  As I sat musing, as I am wont to do, I wondered about the history of pink.  Was it as interesting as many other colors?  Yes, as it turns out!  I wanted to share a bit of what I found about the color, along with handmade selections from artist friends on Indiemade.




Pink and white beaded artisan bookmark with etched silver charm handmade by Mary Beth of The Twisted Redhead




Since pink is nothing more than a toned down version of red, pink replaces the heat and physical passion of red with gentle, loving energy, romance and charm.  According to surveys in Europe and the United States, pink is positively associated with love, beauty, charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood, femininity, and the romantic.  However, when combined with violet or black, it is associated with eroticism and seduction, a la Marilyn Monroe in a long violet dress surrounded by black suited men in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.




Lacy, ruffled pink infinity scarf hand knit by Nancy of Jazz it Up with Designs by Nancy
Pink is named after the flowers called pinks, flower plants in the genus Dianthus.  The name derives from the frilled edge of the flowers—the verb "to pink" dates from the 14th century and means "to decorate with a perforated or punched pattern" (maybe from the German word “pinken” which means "to peck").  While the word "pink" was first used as a noun to refer to a color in the 17th century, the verb "pink" continues to be reflected today in the name of those hand-held scissors that cut a zig-zagged line referred to as pinking shears.
Pink or blue hearts and stars dog bandana handmade by Donna of SewAmazin

The color pink, mostly described as “rosy,” has been described in literature since ancient times.  In the "Odyssey", written in approximately 800 BCE, Homer wrote "Then, when the child of morning, rosy-fingered dawn appeared . . ." Roman poets also used the color in their works, "roseus" being the Latin word for "pink".  Pink was not a common color in fashion, however, all the way through the Middles Ages (app. 5-15th centuries).  Nobles usually preferred brighter reds, such as crimson.  The color did appear in some religious art of the time, usually associated with the dress of the Christ child.

Faceted pink rhinestone pendant necklace with pink crackle resin and rose quartz handmade by Anna of Anna's Faire

The golden age for the color pink was the Rococo Period (1720–1777).  Pastel colors, especially pink, became very fashionable in all the courts of Europe.  Pink was particularly loved by Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of King Louis XV of France, who who wore combinations of pale blue and pink.  She even had a particular tint of pink made for her by the Sevres porcelain factory!

Iridescent pink, blue and violet textured dichroic fused glass heart brooch handmade by Jo of Umeboshi

In 19th century England, pink ribbons or decorations were often worn by young boys.  Boys were considered small men, and since men in England wore red uniforms, boys wore pink, the toned down version of red.  Queen Victoria was painted in 1850 with her seventh child and third son, Prince Arthur, who wore white and pink.  Interestingly, the June 1918 issue of the children’s market trade publication "Earnshaw's Infants' Department" stated “the generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls.  The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.”  This changed around the 1940's and "blue for boys" and "pink for girls" have been closely linked ever since.  Today, the pink ribbon is the international symbol of breast cancer awareness; pink was chosen partially because it is so strongly associated in modern times with femininity.




Red large hole lampwork glass slider bead with pink dots and air bubbles handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads

In color psychology, pink is a positive color, a sign of hope.  It calms and reassures our emotional energies and helps to alleviate feelings of anger, aggression, resentment and neglect.  In fact, studies have shown that exposure to a room painted pink has a calming effect on the nerves and can actually create a physical weakness in people, especially a shade of pink known as Baker-Miller pink or Schauss pink (named after color researchers).  Violent and aggressive people have been successfully calmed by placing them in a pink room for a specified period of time.  The color can be found covering the walls of some “drunk tanks” and jail cells, including those at the United States Naval Correctional Facility in Seattle.  Some football teams have even painted the opposing team's locker room in pink!  Research has been found, however, that if a person is exposed for too long to pink, the color can have the opposite effect and cause agitation.




Pink and purple Peruvian double wave woven friendship bracelet handmade by Carmon of Wooleycreek Tribal Jewelry




Of course there are several idioms and expressions dealing with the color pink.  Here are a few:


  • In the pink: to be in top form, in good health or in good condition. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio says, "I am the very pink of courtesy" meaning he was a model of extreme courtesy.


  • To see pink elephants (or spiders): hallucinating from alchoholism. The expression was first used in 1913 by novelist Jack London his book John Barleycorn.


  • To be given a pink slip: to be fired or dismissed from a job. It was first recorded in 1915 in the United States.




Bright flowers on a hot pink flannel burp cloths, set of 3,  handmade by Teri of Charming Elegance Gifts




  • Pink collar worker: refers to people (mainly women) working in jobs, usually low paying, conventionally regarded as "women's work".


  • Tickled pink: extremely pleased or amused



Etched pink lampwork glass, Swarovski crystal and sterling silver handmade dangle earrings by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs




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Just beautiful. I've shared. Thank you for including my pink and purple bracelet.

Thank you, Carmon!

Thank you so much, Carmon, for stopping by and for sharing.

Wonderful Handmade Wednesday Pinks

What a gorgeous collection of pinks! It's one of my favorites!

Thank you, Peggi!

I had a feeling you loved pink, Peggi (: Thank you!


I love the "Pink Elephants on Parade" musical number in "Dumbo"! I'm not a big pink lover, although I've made my peace with it in recent years. :) Certainly, the pink items you have featured here prove it can be a very lovely color!

Thank you, Mary!

Wonder when they did the pink elephant parade if they knew the meaning behind "pink elephants", Mary? Thanks!

Beautiful selections.

Beautiful selections.

Thank you, Cathy!

Thank you for the comment and shares, Cathy!

Enjoyed reading the history

Enjoyed reading the history of pink, its funny that once pink was for boys and blue for girls. Love your selection of pink handmade items, will share your blog post.

Thank you, Diane!

Yes, it is strange about the color shift for boys and girls, Diane. Thank you for the comment.

Tickled Pink for sure!

What a fabulous read about the history of the color Pink. I went through a love of pastel pink when I was in my late teens, then kind of went off it for a while. I do love a pink/brown and pink/black combination now though. I found it so interesting that pink was boys and blue for girls for so long until the mid 20th century - never knew that! Thanks for sharing this great lesson and of course the beautiful pink beauties you found along the way - including my card :)

Lisa :)

Thank you, Lisa!

Yes, the whole boy/girl thing about pink was fascinating to me, too, Lisa. Funny the way society shifts in perspectives. Thank you for the comment and your shares.

Fascinating history of pink

Fascinating history of pink here! It is hard to wrap my head around pink for boys. I guess I have been well programmed for blue boys and pink girls! I have heard about the effect of pink rooms but I think it might upset my stomach. A little is good but too much is an overdose! Thanks for the great blog and the eye candy as well! Shared!

Thank you, Jo!

Yeah, it is pretty wild about pink being the color for boys for most of its history! Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Jo.

Great finds! Glad to know a

Great finds! Glad to know a bit more about pink. It's one of my favorite colors although I do not have that many pink for wardrobes, I do love pink :-)

Thank you, Natalie!

Hey, someone has to like pink, Nat! Although it seems those of us who are not overly fond of it are in the minority. Thanks for the comment!

Very Pretty and Informative Blog!

I enjoyed reading so much about pink. Some of it I knew but I still learned quite a bit! While I have to agree that I prefer the deeper shades of pink, I still enjoy pastel pinks, particularly mixed in with other colors and in flowers!

Regarding the color pink being used to calm people down, many moons ago I worked as a mental health therapist. We had a pink room just for that purpose and it seemed to work!

I also wondered if you had seen this article. If not, I thought you might enjoy learning one more thing about the color pink:

Lastly, you sure put together a grand collection highlighting the beauty of soft pink!

Thank you, Barbara!

What an interesting link, Barbara. Had never heard of Mamie Pink - not mentioned once in all the "history of pink" articles I read. Thanks for haring and your interesting comments.

In the Pink!

What a beautiful array of pink creations. Thank you very much for providing us with color commentary ;)
And thanks also for including my glowing pink necklace. Now out and about to promote.

Thank you, Anna!

And GLOW it does! What a beauty that necklace is, Anna. Many thanks for stopping by, commenting and sharing!

Tickled Pink

This is such a great blog post. Who knew there were so many meanings behind pink? All of these pink creations certainly will make great gifts for anyone who loves pink.

Thank you, Julie and Blu!

Even though I'm not a fan of pink, I found the meanings and history fascinating, too. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. And Seamus says he will share his PINK peace sign monkey toy with Blu any day (:

OK, challenge accepted

Now I have to figure out where you worked and were around 'Waaaay. Tooooo. Muuuuuch!' pink that it left such a lasting impression you are barely getting over to this day. Pepto Bismol? Yeah, I'm joining the choir here in not being a fan of pink, but relaxing my stance now that I've gotten older. I think it's a really pretty accent color and in small doses can be lovely. Lots of info to digest (who knew?!), and it was a fun read. Great selections, as well, and I'm tickled pink (you KNOW I had to say it) that you included my bookmark. Thanks, Catherine :D

Thank you, Mary Beth!!

Yeah, it's a long story. Was never overly fond it it before the traumatizing events leading up to my dislike of the color. Now I can look back and laugh at it, but the recovery has been slow . . . LOL! Many thanks for your quite amusing comments. And I KNEW you had to to use the title somewhere. it wouldn't be you if you didn't! LOL!

Penny is tickled pink to be

Penny is tickled pink to be included in yet another one of your wonderful Wednesday blog posts! Thank you Catherine! I have pinned them all :-)

Thank you, Donna

Well, I'd sure love to tickle Penny's sweet belly (: Thank you for the kind comment and the pins, Donna!

Love thos pinks!

Wow! I learned so much about pink! Always loved it and enjoyed this immensely! Thanks for including my large hole lampwork slider bead.

Thank you, Charlotte!

Glad you learned something new . . . I did, too, when researching. Many thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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