Color Crush Palette

Color Crush Creative Palette 41: Kaleidoscope

Finally a new palette! And we're changing the format just a bit with more color and new monthly themes. The next two weeks we will be focusing on the bright and playful palette of Kaleidoscope. If you're paying attention to your color theory, you might notice that this is a complementary palette, so easy to use with the potential of creating an eye popping painting. Don't forget to add white to bring balance to your artwork and share using the hashtag #cccpalette41.

The month of May is "Follow the Rainbow" over at True Colors and we have a special introductory selection of five guest artists who have provided outstanding video lessons. Big thank to Erin McCormickMelissa DotyHolly PlattSarah Coey, and Viddhi Kantasaria. They have also stayed on as our True Colors Team, so expect to hear more from them this year as they moderate the Color Crush Creative Club, provide featured articles on the BLOG and become part of the regular featured posts on @colorcrushcreative.


More Color

Learning to see and mix and create beautifully with color is a skill that takes time and practice. You can mix these 8 colors with only 3 tubes of paint plus white. It's all part of the color confidence system I have been developing over the last year with Color Crush Creative. Using a modern color wheel consisting of Cyan, Yellow and Magenta have revolutionized how I see color. You really can mix the most amazing, vibrant colors with very few tubes of paint!

Here are some great formulas: To get the darkest blue, you can add a drop of magenta to cyan. The light blue is just cyan with white. The Bright green is yellow with a tiny drop of cyan and the reverse of that for the teal green. Coral is a perfect mix of yellow, magenta and white while the dark red is magenta with a drop of cyan. Once you start playing with these 3 colors you can see the endless possibility. This doesn't mean you couldn't use paint right from a tube - like alizarin crimson, prussian blue or cobalt teal - they are such fantastic colors all on their own. But the more you know, the more confident you'll become when looking at all those choices!

If you've always wanted to see the palettes in action, the mixing video and how to paint this abstract floral are included in today's video lesson on True Colors!

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Color Crush Creative Palette 40: Garden Room

Who is ready for spring? I need green and growing and bright sunny days, especially after our freak March snowstorm covering most of the Northeast. My solution is to grow as much as possible in my home and because of that I have dubbed my dining room as my new garden room. You can do that right?

Enjoy playing with our 40th palette with the lush greens and perfectly contrasting peaches! And in two weeks Color My Life begins. It's a free ecourse and I highly suggest you sign up now. You'll find the link in the current events section down below. Also, don't forget to schedule some time to come paint with me, new workshops are being added regularly.

Please show love to others who are sharing their work by taking a moment to leave comments and encouraging words to those who use our hashtags. Use #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post and #cccpalette40 for this week's color combination. And don't forget to tag @colorcrushcreative on your posts. Spread the love - the smallest gesture can mean a lot!

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I know what you are all really waiting for today...sign up for Color My Life 2018 starts now! This is a FREE online art course focusing on...you guessed it - COLOR! Beginning April 6th you will have all access to Color My Life, a complete two week introduction to color, paint and play. There's no obligation, just a whole lot of fun with a vibrant art community. What are you waiting for, your life deserves color!  TAKE ME TO THE FREE ECOURSE


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Color Crush Creative Palette 39: Happy Dance

The last couple weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement for me! So may new opportunities and projects are happening that I am doing a "Happy Dance"!! My upcoming art classes at Queen's Ink are filling up and I can't wait to teach my new True Colors painting program. On the horizon - additional new in-person workshops, including traveling locations in 2019. A huge art exhibit in April showing 40+ of my paintings in Annapolis. And finally - new online format for learning all about color and painting coming this spring! I have a lot of reasons to do a Happy Dance, and that is the name of the new palette.

Last week I hit publish on a new color mixing and painting video and everyone seemed to love it. thank you for the great response! Here's the link if you haven't had a chance to see it yet: PLAY VIDEO

Please show love to others who are sharing their work by taking a moment to leave comments and encouraging words to those who use our hashtags. Use #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post and #cccpalette39for this week's color combination. And don't forget to tag @colorcrushcreative on your posts. Spread the love - the smallest gesture can mean a lot!

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More Color

On first impact, Happy Dance is an overload of joyous color. I love how the palette came together in theory...but in reality I am finally seeing the biggest pitfall that artists have faced while creating with Color Crush Creative palettes over the last year. Over saturation. Here's my discovery as I worked out the mixing and then turned to paint with the newly whipped up colors - using only six colors is usually hindering the ability to create a balanced, eye pleasing painting. With exception to illustrative artwork, I can see that if you LITERALLY use just the six colors your work will be problematic. Here are a few reasons why I see it happening:

  • Not enough range of value (lights and darks)
  • No variation in intensity (saturated vs. muted)
  • Not enough white space (a place for the eye to rest)
  • Lack of personal expression....

Let me explain the last one. You do not have to take only the six given colors and ignore your intuition. Look again at the inspiration images for any palette over the last 39 palettes and you will see plenty of variation withing the given color palettes. The goal is to be inspired by the colors and let them be the overall dominant pattern, but to create a variance and rhythm all of your own.

Honestly, I am not pleased with the painting I created in this photo. But I wanted to show you what I mean by over saturation - or more importantly, not having a value range. The sky is light but the rest of the colors are very similar in value and intensity. I love rich colors, but I know that it's better to compliment them with some subdued hues to make them pop. I will explore this palette more and see what I can share with you next week.

Try these colors for mixing (and keep mixing to find the right ratios) - Quinacridone Magenta and Phthalo Blue with some white for ALL the shades of purple. Yellow and red and white for the pale orange. Phthalo green with white or Teal with a little yellow and white for the green. Good Luck!

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Color Crush Creative Palette 38: Treat Yourself

Maybe what makes this community genuine is that we are all real people, with real lives and just trying to connect in a real genuine way. That's me, just a real person behind the screen! I'm a mom to three redheaded boys, wife to a pretty cool guy (who still doesn't understand the art career, lol), homemaker, friend, social media addict, sharer, writer, reader, traveler, Netflix fan, plant lover, new yogi, art teacher and full-time artist. Whew!

As you have all been encouraging me to go easy on myself, I want to let you know that I'm ok with the palette getting to you late, and I hope you are as well. So, with that in mind, you can see why I decided to name this week's palette "Treat Yourself" because, dear artists, we really need to be good to ourselves so that our creativity can flow and we can make the world a better, more beautiful place.

Please show love to others who are sharing their work by taking a moment to leave comments and encouraging words to those who use our hashtags. Use #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post and #cccpalette38 for this week's color combination. And don't forget to tag @colorcrushcreative on your posts. Spread the love - the smallest gesture can mean a lot!

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Alas, I did not take time to play this week with the palette (you know, taking a breather!). But I have an idea of a few colors you could use a jumping off spot to mix up your own magic. It will take practice in mixing. the more you do it the better you will get. Try these in any medium (and remember that acrylic dries darker):

  • Payne's Grey mixed with white for the blue-grey
  • Teal and a bit of Cadmium Yellow light (or Hansa or any lemony yellow) with a whole lot of white to make a nice minty green
  • A tiny bit of Payne's grey with mostly white for the light grey
  • Orange with white or any yellow with a dab of red plus a lot of white.
  • Cadmium or Hansa Yellow light
  • Yellow Ochre

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Color Crush Creative Palette 37: Cross My Heart

You have my heart! All you Crushers taking a risk and sharing your art and putting your heart on the line to share a piece of yourself. It takes courage every day, no matter how long you've been doing this or how many times you've shared your work. So I commend you and I honor the fact that you have joined me on this journey through Color Crush Creative. I truly love this calling and I am in it with all my heart. So this week we are going just plain heart crazy! Paint, doodle, cut, paste, big, small, simple, elaborate, colorful or muted...anything goes, just show me your hearts!

And please, please, show love to others who are sharing their work by taking a moment to leave comments and encouraging words to those who use our hashtags. (#colorcrushcreative & #cccpalette37) And don't forget to tag @colorcrushcreative on your heart posts. Spread the love this week - the smallest gesture can mean a lot!

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Here's a quick little project for you. I used up some leftover paint from another project on some inexpensive sheets of watercolor paper. Start with a dark color, like indigo or purple and then layer a thick, bright color on top. While the paint is still wet, use the back end of your brush to scratch into the paint. This allows the under layer to show through and makes a great texture. Allow it to dry completely and then cut out hearts. Voila! But remember - there are no color restrictions or rules to follow this week except to make lots of hearts - anyway you wish!

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Color Crush Creative Palette 36: Perfect Day

It's the Perfect Day! Of course, I believe every day is the perfect day if you make up your mind to do so. Today is a little more special for me, though, because it is the 20th anniversary of the day I met my husband. Twenty freaking long years! It's hard to believe, but I'm so happy to have him as my partner for life. There are a few things I've learned about how to have the BEST DAY EVER and it all comes from how you look at life. I wrote down my ideas on this a few years ago and recently shared it in THIS blog post. Might be the boost you are looking for?

I hope you enjoy these (almost springtime) happy colors this week. Read below in "More Color" if you need extra help in color mixing. Please help spread the word about our wonderful creative community by sharing on Instagram using the hashtag #cccpalette36 for this palette or #colorcrushcreative for any creative post and give @colorcrushcreative a shout out! Your post may have a chance to be featured on the Color Crush Creative Instagram and Facebook feeds.

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Sometimes mixing the palette can be a little more tricky than other times. I'm going to try to help guide you through my process in deciphering which colors to use to get the right mix but I hope this plants a seed in you to start visualizing the colors and how to achieve the right hue. It takes practice, but the mor eyou do it, the closer you'll come to being a color master!

You may know by now that I am a huge Golden Acrylic paint fan girl. It's my favorite paint by a long shot. But from time to time I do use other paints. I hope if you use a different brand or different medium you can find the closest match possible to the colors I use. I try to keep with common hues. However, today I tried out using Holbein Acryla Gouache. It was a love/hate experience and I am not sure I would use them again. I also painted something new and out of my comfort zone. Here's to trying new things! But to help you along, I will use the names of common acrylic paint instead of the exotic names of these gouache paints. Here we go:

  • Cadmium red/ pyrolle red,
  • Cadmium yellow med/ Hansa yellow med
  • Green-gold,
  • Grey (or white and black),
  • Turquoise
  • Teal (or white and turquoise)
  • Lots of titanium white
  1. Dusty pink. A little bit of red and a lot of white...to "gray" it out use the tiniest dab of green-gold. The key is to use the opposite color on the color wheel if you want to tone down a color.
  2. Pale orange. Mix a bit of red with yellow (more yellow since red has a strong tint, adjust until you get the right shade, not too pink, not too yellow) and then add a dab of that to a whole lot of white. I told you you'd need a lot of white.
  3. Green - I used green-gold with just a slight bit of teal and white to shift it from being just a bit too yellow. You could use it straight from the tube, though.
  4. Slightly greenish gray and a very light tint at that. I used a light grey from the tube but you could easily mix a tiny bit of black with a lot of white. To change the color to a warmer green-gray, use a tiny, very tiny bit of green-gold. Too much and you'll know right away because it will look more yellow than gray.
  5. Teal, well, right from the bottle and you're probably fine here. Maybe a bit more white. Or a lot of white with a bit of turquoise and you'll get pretty close. Just remember this is not a baby blue, it needs to be on the green-blue spectrum.
  6. Turquoise. But very dark might mean that you should add a tiny bit of red to deepen it. Just be careful or it'' turn purple really quickly.

**Note - acrylic always dries darker than you would expect. Test out your samples and if they do not dry in the shade you were hoping for - it means you need more white. Color mixing takes time a practice, but it's worth it!


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Color Crush Palette 35: Singing the Blues

This week I'm Singing the Blues, even if I'm in a good mood! Because this palette is all about blue - Royal Blue to be exact. This is a color stretch for me because I always turn to turquoise and other green-blues, but this week we'll go all out on the Bluest Blues. Make this color your main focus, but do add white and other pops of colors to pull it all together.

Color Crush palette 34: Crushing It!

Are you ready for another week bursting with wild color? I had to name this palette "Crushing It!" because we all are. Color Crush Creative Instagram just hit 15k followers. I am seeing more positive creatives sharing every day. We have a new game in the Color Crush Creative Club called Crush Rush! that participants can earn rewards when they play (but you never know when the game will start!). And I have so many really fun things planned for this year, like ecourses, workshops, retreats and travel, that I can hardly contain myself. Yeah, I like how 2018 is shaping up so far. Hope it's looking bright for you as well!

Color Crush Creative Palette 32: Letters Home

I've missed you! Did you miss your weekly color palettes? I am so ready to get into the swing of things again and bring you more inspiration and information in 2018 than ever before. I am motivated and looking forward to an ACTION packed year (that's my word of the year!)

Now on to our subtle but scrumptious color palette - Letters Home. It's a muted palette perfect for the softness of the cold winter days up north or the sun bleached days down south, either way, it's up to you to incorporate all or some of these colors into your own artwork. I especially love the chosen inspiration images because of the use of papers and other textiles. How could you be inspired to try something new?

Color Crush Creative Palette 29: Feeling Festive

I couldn't help myself picking this crazy, fun palette this week! With most of the followers of Color Crush Creative being from the western half of the world, it is completely a time of holiday festivities. I'm normally very traditional when it comes to decorating this time of year, but for our global artist community, I wanted to go all out with a wild color palette that is still very celebratory of the season in style and feel. What do you think about PINK and GREEN? Throw in a touch of black and always some white and you have yourself a very expressive palette that could be used in any style of art, but also something festive. Go all out!

Color Crush Creative Palette 28: Loud as a Peacock

Oh, I have been completely captivated by this peacock theme. One may say obsessed! After all my other peacock projects, I decided to experiment with this color palette in watercolor and it was such a blast. Wet your watercolor paper first and then watch the colors flow all over the page. I use QoR by Golden Paints because their pigment load (or saturation) is amazing. Try these colors in either watercolor or acrylic this week to achieve the look of "Loud as a Peacock".

  • Phthalo Blue
  • Cobalt Teal
  • Viridian Green
  • Green Gold
  • Payne's Grey (to mix for a darker shade, like in the eye of the feather)
  • And the best gold paint, Art Alchemy Metalique by Prima!