Color Crush Creative Palette 12: Cote d'Azur

When is blue just blue? As we jump into our 4th week of The Color of Summer, an 8 week color theory program, we are going to explore everything blue. It's your favorite color, right? For most artists, this is usually the most used color, and yet there was a time that humans didn't even have a word for the color blue! In fact it was the Egyptians that were the first to manufacture a blue dye from lapis lazuli mined in the Afghan region. You can read more about the history of the color blue in this great web article HERE.


 Color Crush Creative Color palette 12: Cote d'Azur with Kellee Wynne Studios  Image credit: ,  @inkandindigo ,  @claire_desjardains_art  &  @tinavandijkart

Color Crush Creative Color palette 12: Cote d'Azur with Kellee Wynne Studios

Image credit: & @tinavandijkart

I've made a list for you of over a couple dozen names of paint in one blue hue or another. Though there are some standard colors for blue, like Cerulean and Turquoise, many manufacturers make up their own colors and their own names, which means that not all blue are equal. Only through trial and error will you discover which is your favorite blue to use straight from the tube or mix for great violets and greens.

  • Alizarin Blue Lake
  • Anthraquinone
  • Azurite
  • Bonnard
  • Brilliant
  • Cerulean
  • Cobalt
  • Cobalt Turquois
  • Compose
  • Egyptian
  • Indigo
  • Katsura
  • King's Blue
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Manganese
  • Marine
  • Mayan
  • Navy
  • Payne's Gray
  • Peacock
  • Phthalo
  • Primary Cyan
  • Prussian
  • Royal
  • Sennalier
  • Smalt
  • Sodalite
  • Teal
  • Turquoise
  • Ultramarine
  • Verditer
  • Winsor

Your color palette example, Cote d'Azur, has a few shades and tints of blue to choose from, but you do not need to limit yourself. Use any color blue you wish this week! And feel free to add a little punch of another color that creates a beautiful harmony for your artwork, and especially don't forget your white for breathing space. Refer back to THIS blog post on Color Theory if you need help with color and THIS post to help you take better photographs to make sharing your work easier.

Once you're done playing with these beautiful BLUE hues and you decide to use the colors of the week in your next art project, do share your creations on Instagram and any social media. Tell you're audience that you're participating in this project and give a shout out to @colorcrushcreative and please use the hashtags so you can be found easily (especially by me for reposting!). Use #colorcrushcreative for any creative post or #cccpalette12 for this week's color palette. 

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