Here's my SOOC (straight out of camera) shot. I used copy paper as a backdrop and placed the setup in my reading area at my front window. I had a little trouble capturing the exact color...it's actually a touch deeper in person...but I played around quite a bit with the white balance until I got this shot.
Here's the final product after cropping and slightly adjusting the contrast and saturation. Still not spot-on color wise, but I love the texture!
I still have a lot of doubt about the color...in person, this urchin ball is an identical match to the crayon on paper. So, I took it outside today to get a better shot. I even had an assistant. Here' the result:
Better, but I am still not satisfied. Close, but no cigar.
On the way back into my house this afternoon, I noticed that I do have an alternative: I used fingernail polish to differentiate my front door key from the almost identical back door key, and it is a perfect plum. What do you think?