Friday 16 October 2020

Color Hues Challenge #4

Afternoon and welcome to the fourth challenge at Color Hues.

You are certainly enjoying the colour combinations we've chosen so far and are making it really difficult to chose the winner and top 3! So what will you make of the new colours?

Here is my take on our latest challenge.


I decided to go a little off piste for my inspiration with this large stamp from Creative Endeavours called Fisherman's Wharf. I've used it before here  and to be fair this started out as my original attempt for that card but I made a slight error in the stamping so put it to one side. Waste not want not, when I saw the colours for this challenge I thought I could rescue it by trimming off the error!

Using DI in Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge in a watercolour style, I coloured the exposed sand and sky, leaving the buildings completely untouched. The Rusty Hinge gave me a burnt orange for the foreground and the Spiced Marmalade the more yellowy tones for the distant sand. DI allows you to get quite a few different shades of the same ink, it just depends on how much water you add! The sky was mainly Salty Ocean with a little of the darker Blueprint Sketch. The water I laid down above the buildings allowed the colour to puddle and mix randomly to give the sky its texture, whereas I used some sea salt crystals on the damp Rusty Hinge to create the texture. It soaks up the colour and leaves darker patches where you brush it off when fully dry. Don't try to brush it off until the ink is fully dry or the effect will be rather indistinct.

It's quite a masculine scene so I kept the layout pretty simple, using a Crafter's Companion sentiment, stamped in black and mounted on a slightly larger panel of black card and just added the finished panel to an A6 base card on pads.

I also made a card using floral image  from Uniko which I've also shared on the Uniko blog. Its totally different from the first card but uses the same colours. I used DIs again and as they are a transparent medium, if you over lay the colours once the bottom layer is dry you get a colour that is a mix of the two. Here the watery Dried Marigold which is a yellowy orange is overlaid with Blueprint Sketch to create a subtle green for the leaves and stems!

For more inspiration from the fab DT check out the Color Hues blog and why not add your masterpiece to the gallery. Details of this second card can be found here on the Uniko blog.


  1. Your first card is such a creative take on the color challenge! I love those orange tulips, though, against the bright blue background!

  2. These are wonderful Jules, it is such a great combo and I love the effects you have created with your DIs. That combo takes me back to 1990ish, we painted our bathroom orange and had blue curtains and accessories. I used a colour wheel for inspiration, funny though, I've not done it since!! Hope you are doing ok xx

  3. I remember that previous card (had spotted at NBUS & loved). Just love this new version, Julie - so pretty with the blue and orange!! Thanks for the inspiration at Color Hues!! Gorgeous tulips too!!

  4. I love how serene you made our two colours look with your first card. And then your second card is gorgeous, too!

  5. Two wonderful designs, Jules! You did an expert job with coloring both!! Keep safe! Hugs, Darnell

  6. What a beautiful image and such a lovely scene you've created with it! Amazing use of the colors in your painting and I love the textures you've incorporated using salt. Fabulous design!


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