Color Crush Creative Palette 17: Endless Summer

I'll be honest, I'm not ready to let go of summer just yet so this week I've decided to hold on to some bright and fun colors for our weekly project. Introducing "Endless Summer", a palette featuring the warm colors of summer along with the contrast of refreshing blue and green to remind you of hanging out poolside for one more week. And for a little twist, we will punch up our palettes with a bit of black and white pattern or mark making. (optional of course)

As with any color palette, the choice is yours on how you will use the colors and inspiration images. Use all of the colors, some of the colors, or focus on just one. Remember to vary the amounts of color you use and choose a range of value (lights and darks) to give your artwork interest. Use the hashtag #cccpalette17 when sharing this week's color palette on Instagram or #colorcrushcreative for any creative post and give me a shout out! I can't wait to see what you do this week - go, now, make more artwork!

#cccpalette17: Endless Summer


How do you add black and white pattern to your artwork? The simplest answer is to get out your black pen and make your own pattern or marks. You could try charcoal, graphite, oil pastel or a Sharpie China Peel-Off Marker. Here are a few other solutions:

I love to use origami paper in my mixed media artwork. It's thin and bold and the black and white patterns will really stand out:

Aitoh Origami Paper, 3" x 3", black/white, 300 pack

Origami Paper for black and white contrast art supply love Kellee Wynne Studios.jpg

Never underestimate the value of a great set of PITT pens. Permanent ink for your own mark making:

Faber-Castel Wallet Pitt Pens, Black, assorted set of 8

Faber Castel Pitt pens art supply love Kellee Wynne Studios.jpg

And if you're really creative you could inverse your pattern by using masking fluid and India ink or watercolor:

Windsor and Newton Art Masking Fluid, 75ml

Speedball Super Black India Ink, 16 oz. bottle

And also a couple great informative books on color theory:

Color Theory: An essential guide to color-from basic principles to practical applications

Color: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors by Betty Edwards

As we grow the Color Crush Creative community, those who stand out have a chance to be featured on Instagram or as the weekly featured artist. Those who subscribe to COLOR FOR YOUR INBOX will get the weekly color combination two days earlier than everyone else. Who doesn't want a two day jump start to play and post their colorful projects?