July Monthly Challenge Color Palette

Whenever summer rolls around, I just want to be at the beach. That’s how I spent my summers growing up (total water baby over here), so this month’s challenge art work is right up my alley!

So, too, are the colors. Pretty much every color is represented in some form here, with the biggest amounts being shades of blue and green (my favorite), and the next being the purples.

The trick with this painting is to make sure not to go too bright or saturated here. Overall, this is a fairly muted painting and color palette, with dozens of subtle shades that blend into each other, versus boldly standing out. Keep everything toned down and cool – like choosing cooler yellow browns instead of warmer orange browns, and blue-purples over red-purples – and you’ll be just fine.

You also want to watch the amount of colors you use. The red at the top, which is the brightest, most saturated of all the colors, is only used sparingly in small amounts; same goes for the yellow-y tan. But you can use as much blue, green, and purple as you like. Start with light to medium blues, medium to dark olive greens, and dark blue-purples, and go from there.

Your turn: what colors are you loving from this month’s palette?

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5 Comment

  1. Susanm
    July 5, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I love everything about this colour palette – shades of red, purple, blue. The painting has already got my muse humming with ideas.

  2. Divya N
    July 5, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    This is lovely, I just learnt to lampwork with plain glass so I think I'll make something for this month's challenge

  3. rouladen
    July 6, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    The blues are my favorite part of the palette, but I really like all the colors, so the others are all a close second. I just lately started experimenting with a watercolor technique for polymer, so the timing of this inspiration piece is perfect 🙂

  4. SeeSaw62
    July 8, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Question from a newby: Can you make your own artsy bead for this challenge (July 2014)?

  5. Colleen
    July 8, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Love the blues and purples. And this red is the type of red I like. I'm generally more attracted to cooler version of any color.

    To me, this painting is calling for me to go through my lampwork beads. I know I have some that are a mix of many colors as I tend to buy a lot of beads made with silver glass or using raku. I also tend to buy focals that are more organic, so colors thrown together, odd shapes, etc. Just a matter of finding the right bead…

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