Creative Color Challenge

The “Creative Color Challenge!”

Please note the monthly challenge are not currently taking place.

A new Challenge for the month of January 2016 will take place. Please sign up to my mailing list here for the news (mid December)

For more information on color, please visit my color project website below

In 2012 and 2013, I posted a challenge on the blog every month.

Below is the information from previous years.

Join a global community of creative souls {check out the showcase} to explore color, creativity and have lots of fun!

How it started

In August 2010, I wanted to stretch myself as an artist and explore color more. Especially the colors that scared me a little. So I put a challenge out on my blog to pick a different color every week in the month of August and invited creative friends to join in. The response was amazing. I ran another challenge over Christmas, in February and then again in August 2011. It’s now time to color our lives evenmore as a community and explore color together so the monthly creative color challenge is born!

Ongoing inspiration being added to the flickr pool

Join the flickr group here

The basics

On the 1st of every month, I will post a color challenge based on a color story or theme and colors inspiring me. I will challenge you to explore the colors in the challenge and create something ONLY in the color palette listed. This will really stretch us and encourage us to explore, create and be inspired. Then on the 28th of the month, I will post my creations and ask you to share yours through a special thumbnail linky tool (where you can add a thumbnail of an image and a link back to your blog post). Then we can all visit each other. Throughout the month, you can also post to flickr, blog about your process, tweet and add to facebook – we can really get inspired and share the experience with our creative community.

All the challenges will have a combination of colors like below:

I will also give you the color code, so if you want to create on the computer you can do so. These are just for guidance so you can mix your palette as loosely or as close to the colors as you like.

Sign up!

To sign up to the challenge, go to the participant page and add your information. You can join in anytime.

How to participate

There are a number of ways you can join in, this is very informal and the primary purpose is for us to be creative, stretch, expand and have fun! Here are some suggestions of ways you can participate…….

  • Participate with your blog. You don’t need to have a blog or website to join in, we welcome everyone to create with color. But it’s a great way to capture your creations, write about your process and experience and join in the blog hop to see everyone’s creations every month.
  • Participate on Flickr.Be sure to post your creations on flickr every month – this is an amazing showcase of work for the Creative Color Challenge since its start. There is so much inspiration on there and it’s another good way to be inspired and connect with other creative friends.
  • Participate without a blog.We welcome everyone to join in. If you don’t have a blog, that’s okay – you can still post your images into the flickr pool or post your comments every month. You can also blog hop/visit flickr and join the conversation there.
  • Participate with Facebook. Feel free to post up your images to facebook and share with all your friends there also. Invite your friends to join in! You can link back to the challenge page or tag on the facebook page. We will also be featuring everyone who blogs or mentions the challenge on facebook.
  • Participate with Twitter.Feel free to post your images and tweet about your process and experience every month. Please use #colorchallenge as your hashtag so we can all find each other who tweet about the challenge.
  • Play along in instagram (iphone, ipad, ipod) and use the hash tag #colorchallenge



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So excited to embark on this journey with you all!

2012 Color Challenges


Jan – Tangerine Tango
Feb – Lavender & Green
Mar – Tranquil Blue
Apr – Mustard Yellow
May – Pink
June – Red & roses
*6 months of color – celebrating post*
July – multi color & letters
August – rainbow colors
Sept – sunsets
Oct – woodgrain
Nov – Autumn hues
Dec – Red & Green


2011 Color Challenges

August, 2011 (Completed)

The Challenge: Create Your own Creative Color Wheel.

For inspiration check out the below Color Story here.

The challenge: create your own Color Wheel. You can use ANY material or MEDIUM you like, GO WILD! Some ideas are: simple paint, photos, food, paper & patterns, clothing, fabric, sewing, natural finds, sculpture, jewels, dried flowers and so much more.


FEBRUARY 2011 CHALLENGE (completed)

THE CHALLENGE: to create something using complimentary colors with the theme “BLOOM”. This challenge was also a swap.

WRAP UP POST HERE with all images.

All images posted in the Flickr Group

Lisa Rothenbuecher

Heidi Brand
Patti Fortune
Rona Gregory

Jo Millar
Judit Labòria Vizcarro
Sally Fleming

Claire Streatfield Http://
Jeanette House
Jenny Blair
Louise & Peter Gale
Moyra Scott
Sandie Cottee
Tara Leaver

April Marie Cole
Bonita Rose
Caryn Lynn Duncan
Debbie Numoto
Denise Bongiovanni
Femi Ford
Jenna Kannas
Karma Hallmark
Heidi Marsden
Jacqueline Camacho
Jaime Barks
Jenny Childers
Lori Tatam
Marianne Baugher
Nelly Eisenhower
Pat Langley
Paula Jennings
Pippin Schupbach
Sam Johnson
Sherri Vilov
Stephanie hauser



Nov-Dec 2010
The Challenge: To create 4 ornaments for the holidays using only green, red and gold. Send 3 ornaments out to 3 lovely swap partners.

Challenge info here:


Check out the flickr group
Thanks to all who participated:

Mariel Trill Guillot,

Annette Ross,
Catherine Davies,

Bev Baird,
Dyan Whyte/WhereAvaDreams,
Heather Robinson,
Patti Fortune,,
Peggy Helfrich

Sara Gonzalez.

Puerto Rico
Elizabeth GLz,

Benta Hickley,
Beth Nicholls,
Christine Toal
Jenny Blair,
Ruth Hope,

Angela DiGiovanni,
April Marie Cole,
Becky Drees,
Breanna Freeland,
Carola Bartz,
Christina Plantinga,,
Cynthia Ann Dubbers,
Debbie Williams,
Heidi Marsden,
Gail M. Ross,
Heather Foust,
Kimberly Turner,
Jennifer Phillips
Lola Surwillo,,
Heather Steed,
Bonnie Rose.
Jenny Wentworth,
Juliette crane,
Juliette Nelson,
Keya Glover,
Kymberly Hughes,
Lorrie Spotts
Marianne Baugher,,
Marisa Harder-Chapman
Missy Elam,
Monica Moran,
Karen Goldsum,
Nancy Baraw,
Paula Jennings,
Pippin Schupbach,
Regina Lord,,
Sandy Coleman,
Sarah Kelly,
Sherri Vilov,
Stella Singleton,
Stephanie Hauser
Tammy Novak
Tiffany Burns Rushforth,


The Creative Color Challenge Button

THE CHALLENGE: to explore a different color to create with each week in August. Check out full intro here.All images posted in the Flickr Group

Week #1 – Sunflower yellow – Energize
Week #1 – Wrap Up
Week #2 – Raspberry Red – Passion
Week #2 – Wrap Up
Week #3 – Turquoise Blue – Tranquility (with a twist!)
Week #3 – Wrap Up
Week #4 – Sea Green & Found Art Friday Theme “To The Sea”
Week #4 – Wrap Up
Week #5 – Lavender Purple – Spirituality
Week #5 – Wrap Up
FINAL – Challenge Wrap Up & Movie


List of Participants for the August Color Challenge 2010.
Aug 1 to Sept 4, 2010

Catherine Winter
Dyan White/Where Ava Dreams –
Heidi Brand
Mary A/The Silverlight
Michelle Prosek

Cat Eye View

New Zealand
Kylie Law

Puerto Rico
Elizabeth GLZ


Alix Smithers
Beth Nicholls
Christine Toal
Francesca Burras
Jenny Blair
Louise Gale
Maisy (Jeanette) House
Moyra Scott
Rachel Nixon and
Sheila Arthurs
Sweet Myrtle
Tamsin Haggis

Amy in Alaska
Angie Barrett
Andrea T Seiler
Barb Fiorillo
Beth Megquier
Brigid Gallagher Davies
Carola Bartz
Chrissy Gardner
Darla Kirchner
E Makes Art
Gilding Lillies
Ginger Blue Beads
Gwynnie Beatty
Jaime Barks
Juliette Crane
Jen Slutsky
Jenny Wentworth
Joye Schwarz
Kelly Wilsey
Kristin Dudish
Kristina McClay
Kristys Art Corner
Leanne Sim
Lori Gilroy
Mazarine Treyz
Melanie Pearson
Miranda Smith
Monica Moran
Nadine Lucas
Nancy Baraw
Pat Langley
Pippin Schupbach
Rebecca Everett
Rebecca Shine
Regina Lord
Shannon Olszewski
Sonya McCllough
Sydney Cohn
Valentina Ramos
Valerie Hart
Others (location unknown)
Helly B