Color Crush Palette

Color Crush Palette 47: Botanical Bliss

Green - the most abundance color of all. The color that gives us hope and renewal and belief that all things will begin again. It is the color of wealth, health and fertility. Some may say you're green with envy, but I say the more that grows the merrier. Green has mostly positive connotations. A green light means go and a green card means you're allowed to stay in the US legally. Green as a word or color is synonymous with nature and the environment. But it's also one of the hardest colors to use successfully in art.

Don't let green intimidate you. Use any shade of green for this week's palette and maybe a pop of an analogous color (next to green on the color wheel) or a complimentary color, like red or magenta. Read the blog post about green or get involved with True Colors to really dive deep into your own color and painting practice. I hope you find yourself inspired by the artists and inspiration images and share your artwork. I hope to find you on Instagram. Tag @colorcrsuhcreative and use the hashtag #cccpalette47 for any work related to Botanical Bliss or #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post. I can't wait to see your artwork and hope to feature your work on the feed!


The best part about green is that there are more options for mixing this beautiful hue than you could ever imagine! Green from a tube will often fall flat, especially when you want to paint images of nature. Any yellow and blue will work to make green - but which two? A light yellow and turquoise will make something eye popping, where more natural colors, like cadmium yellow medium and ultramarine blue, will make earthy tones of green. And when you are looking to make a very subdued green, try adding the complimentary color to your green - like primary magenta. Something magic will happen!

And the most important tip I can give you is to add MORE YELLOW for a lighter shade of green. I oftentimes watch students in class get frustrated because they add white - and that makes mint. Try this project, pick a few yellows, a few blues and make your own color chart. This exercise will really open your eyes to all the possibilities!

If you'd like more color mixing lessons, you can find full length mixing videos in True Colors, along with more than 50 painting and inspirational video lessons like the ones featured in the image below. Maybe it's time for you to discover your True Colors?


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Color Crush Palette 46: Picnic at Midnight

Our latest dreamy palette, Picnic at Midnight! When I romanticize how summer should be I imagine twinkling lights on the back porch late at night with friends and family and talking into the wee hours of the night...and that's exactly what this palette does for me! I'm particularly drawn to the contrast of the dark blue with the bold colors and I think this will make some striking paintings this week. Are you ready to rev up your creative mojo?

Do not be afraid of these bold colors my friends. The worst thing could happen is that you could make a mess and have fun! ;) But seriously - I discovered one of my favorite quotes about making art this last month in the book Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland:

"You learn how to make your work by making your work, and a great many pieces you make along the way will never stand out as finished art. The best you can do is make art you care about - and lots of it!"

Great, now get ready to share your artwork. I hope to find you on Instagram. Tag @colorcrsuhcreative and use the hashtag #cccpalette46 for any work related to Picnic at Midnight or #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post. I can't wait to see your artwork and hope to feature your work on the feed!


The month of July is all about the color MAGENTA! You'll see it in all our color palettes as well as the guest teacher in True Colors - Trupti of @whatacolor_gal. I love the color magenta and find it very versatile. We are having a blast in the True Colors program mixing up paint and learning from new artists all the time.

These colors can easily be mixed using just the 3 primary colors: magenta, cyan and yellow. But some great alternatives would be Prussian Blue for the dark hue, Phthalo Green with some prussian added for the emerald color, just add white to the green for the mint, Green-gold will make that stellar leafy green, yellow is always yellow, and some white added to primary magenta will give you the tints of the pink colors.

How do you make your favorite colors? Do you mix them? Do you buy pre-made tubes? There are no wrong answers - as long as you are always growing and pushing yourself to learn and understand your art materials!

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Color Crush palette 44: Lost at Sea

Bring on summer!!! These colors certainly make me crave a beachside seat with a fancy drink in hand. But if I can't go to the beach, I can sure bring it to me with this palette. I know that these cool blues are calling your name as well and I can't wait to see what you create using the palette "Lost at Sea". Give yourself the gift of creativity this summer and make some time for your art practice. Even if all you do is bring a box of crayons with you to the beach! ;)

Now, don't let this exact palette inhibit your creative process. Color mixing is for learning but use your intuition when you create and if you go with darker, lighter, bolder, fewer or more colors...well, then do what feels right for your art process. Just keep making more art and tag @colorcrushcreative on Instagram. Use the hashtag #cccpalette44 for these colors or #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post. And don't forget to take the time to be friendly and leave comments for other Crushers!

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From the beginning, Color Crush Creative has always been about colors and the exploration of how to mix them yourself no matter your medium. It's been an exciting process to learn and grow right along with you as I mix paints and test my own knowledge. I have discovered how to mix most colors just using the 3 primary colors - cyan, yellow and magenta. But I love the results from certain premade tubes of paint and I don't hesitate to use them. If you haven't heard by now, Golden Artist Colors are my absolute favorite paints. A couple colors I can't live without are Titan Buff, Turquoise, Prussian Blue, Green-Gold, Transparent Pyrrole Orange, Quinacridone Magenta, Indian Yellow and Permanent Violet Deep.

This go around I choose some premixed colors instead of the primaries that I have been using. You can find Prussian Blue, Turquoise, Titan Buff, Transparent Pyrrole Orange Quinacridone Magenta and Permanent Violet Dark plus Liquitex Professional White Gesso as my white to make all of the different tints and shades of Lost at Sea. Do you think you could get the mix right on your own? Nothing needs to be exact to be successful for Color Crush Creative - just try and tag me on Instagram or share in the Facebook Group!

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Color Crush Creative Palette 45: Sunrise to Sunset

Turn up the heat! At least I think someone has around here because it is one hot summer here in the north half. That's ok, what better excuse that to stay inside where it's cool with all your art supplies? It's perfectly fine to get lost playing indoors. Are you making anything new, exploring fun concepts, challenging yourself to keep creating even when the lull of summer is here?

If you are in a rut or need some motivation, then I have the perfect solution for you - Seascape Escape! It's a FREE online mini painting course that I have up for the whole summer. Read about it below.

In the meantime, take a look at these new colors and get ready to share your artwork. I hope to find you on Instagram. Tag @colorcrsuhcreativeand use the hashtag #cccpalette45 for any work related to Sunrise to Sunset or #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post. I can't wait to see your artwork and hope to feature your work on the feed!

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The month of July is all about the color MAGENTA! You'll see it in all our color palettes as well as the guest teacher in True Colors - Trupti of @whatacolor_gal. I love the color magenta and find it very versatile. We are having a blast in the True Colors program mixing up paint and learning from new artists all the time.

In fact this is what Catie Guse had to say this week: I Can’t believe all the great tools and techniques I’ve learned from True COLORS and the reminders of the tricks I knew but had forgotten about😊 This class is hands down the BEST online class I have ever invested in. I actually have to muster the patience to get from Friday to FridayπŸ˜‚ The anticipation is REAL!

If you're ready to take your art to the next level - True Colors is the place to be online!

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Now...her's a little fun about the color MAGENTA:

Magenta, like pink, is a playful and fun color. Because of its feminine ties, it is also associated with nurturing, abundance and romance. It's an upbeat color. Does it make you happy? 

Magenta is a modern color, a synthetic dye invented by a French Chemist in the mid 1800s. Originally named Fuschine (Fuschia), it was changed to Magenta in honor of a French-Italian battle.

This new found aniline dye created a demand for new hues by the consumers. Soon a color war broke out and companies fought to produce the best and brightest colors, even going so far as to steal trade secrets and tie up manufacturers in court. Eventually magenta went out of fashion. Years later it was discovered that the dye had dangerously high levels of arsenic.

Magenta and other new synthetic hues were a favorite of the Fauvist artists around the turn of the century. A short lived art movement that followed impressionism, Fauvism was led by Andre Derain and Henri Matisse. It celebrated pure hues, bold color combinations and for scenes of nature and people. 

Thanks to CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) color printing, magenta has a permanent place in history. Thank goodness, because Quinacridone Magenta has become an artist favorite!

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Color Crush Creative Palette 43: Wild at Heart

It's another amazing palette with new ideas to explore. With the integration of Color Crush Creative and the True Colors monthly membership course, we now have a new system in place to direct our focus. Every month we will have at least one guest artist, a focal color to base all palettes off of and a main theme for inspiration. So...

Welcome to the month of June where everything is WILD AT HEART!Our focal color is CORAL and our theme focus is on Big, Wild Blooms. And our Guest Artist is Taylor Lee of @taylorleepaints. Oh you will love this month for sure. We have three different color palettes featuring the Wild at Heart colors as well as the focal color Coral. All these gorgeous colors will have you dreaming with the fireflies for the magical month of June....And in True Colors we have 5 Fridays, which means there will be bonus lessons. If you haven't joined, go take a look at all the wonderful things the monthly membership in True Colors has to offer. And even if you haven't joined yet, you will find a whole lot of exciting and wonderful art tips and tricks coming out of this month. Look for new blog postsYouTube videos, conversations in the Facebook Group, your shared artwork on @colorcrushcreative, and an upcoming surprise art supply giveaway sponsored by Arteza!

Color Crush Creative Palette 42: Spring Fling

Hope you are ready for an abundance of color! Having a fresh start every other week with new colors and inspiration is a great way to stay motivated and active in your creative pursuits. I asked on social media what was your biggest challenge as an artist - and most of you either said TIME or FINDING YOUR STYLE.... I'm ready to work on these ideas together. Look for new blog posts, tips on the social media feeds and in the True Colors online course where we have been building a fantastic group of supportive friends. We can't create in a bubble and we certainly can't let fear hold us back from doing the thing we are so passionate about. So in the next month expect to have a good heart to heart!

In the meantime, I think that Spring Fling is going to be a hit and I hope to see you creating and sharing a lot of artwork on Instagram because I want to feature you! Please take clear bright photos and use the hashtag #cccpalette42 so I can find you and share your work on @colorcrushcreative

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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?