Challenge #2 – Colour with Red

MakeitColourful January 15, 2011 7

Hi Everyone!

Wow, what a fantastic first week for the new challenges! We were absolutely blown away by your support in our new venture of colour madness and thank you all for playing along with us!

The winners will be announced on Tuesday after the team get together to pick the top 3. So make sure you pop back Tuesday to see if you have won, PLUS we’ll be having a Tuesday Colouring Tip and have also going to set up a form on the sidebar where you can ask us a colouring question to which we will select questions we can answer (heehee) and will be posting them on Tuesdays!

This weeks sponsor is Make it Crafty

Make it Crafty specialises in digital stamps that you can combine with your favourite characters.

There will be One Random Prize winner who will win the
Cupid Collection Digi Stamps
Just in time for your RED Valentine’s Day projects

The Challenge!

We are challenging you to COLOUR with Red.
So something on your coloured image must be coloured in red.
Note: Your whole image does not have to be coloured in red.

you must write in your post which red colours of your particular medium you used – whether it is markers, pencils, paints or ink.
For example: I use Copics Markers: R22, R24, R29 & E19 to make my red.

Please make sure we can see it in your post and if English is your
second language we will understand if you have missed this detail.

This is a COLOURING challenge not just a colour challenge.

Entries not following the rules will be removed and a message will be left explaining why. If you are at all confused about whether your entry will qualify, please contact us first.

Colouring with Red!

Red is one of those colours that is very rich. Depending on your preferred medium it can be difficult to colour with.

When using markers, getting a nice smooth gradient can be quite the challenge and I have a little tip for marker uses.

Deep red markers have a very high pigment and if you start with your darkest colour it often soaks right into the paper fast and can be harder to budge leaving a line along the area you are trying to blend.
So if you lay your lightest colour down first, then add some medium colour, followed by your darkest colour, it allows the darker colours to sit on the surface longer whilst you blend the shades together before it soaks into the paper.

Things to think about when colouring with red.

Red has quite a large viewing band on the Electromagnetic Spectrum and we all see colours differently.
You may decide to use red colours in the middle of the viewing band, or colours closer to yellow or even very dark burgundy red.

You can get creative when you colour with reds and introduce your oranges and yellows for your highlight areas as often seen in real life.

Take Autumn for example. The richness of this pile of leaves has an amazing range of colour from golden yellow through to deep rich reds.

Inspiration Time!


Medium: Copic Markers
Red colours: R27, R24, R22
Images: Gorjuss Girl (Sugar Nellie) combined with
Park Bench for Two
from MiC


Medium: Copic Markers
Red Colours:
Pink: R20, R21, R22, R24
Red: R32, R35, R37, R39
Images Used: Sweet Love (Belles ‘n Whistles) combined with
Lovers Pavilion
from MiC


Medium: Copic Markers
Red Colours: R22, R24, R27, R29, R46
Images: Whoopsie Cupid from MiC


Medium: Prismacolor Pencils
Red Colours: Coming Soon
Images used: Brady & Chloe (Mo Manning) combined with the
Tree of Love from MiC


Medium: Copic Markers
Red Colours: R24, R27, R29, R59
Images used: Swiss Pixie Violet With Key (C.C Designs)
combined with Whimsical Log from MiC


Medium: Copic Markers
Red Colours: R20, R22, R24, E19 (on bow) R20 on cheeks
Images used: Whoopsie Cupid from MiC


Medium: Copic & Letrasets Markers
Red Colours: Copics R0000,R00,R20,R22,R24,R29,RR39
Letrasets Hint of warm 9

Images used: Sitting wedding Tilda and Sitting Edwin
combined with the Park Bench for Two from MiC


Medium: Copic Markers
Red Colours: R29, R27, R24, R22, R00
Images used: Hanglar & Stanglar combined
with Tree of Love & Park Bench for Two from MiC


Medium: Copic Markers
Red Colours: R22, R24, R29 & Autumn colours Y17, Y38, YR04, R24, R29
Images used: Valentine’s Bear (Free Digi) and Edwin wants a hug
combined with Tree of Love from MiC


Grab your favourite colouring medium, whether it be markers, pencils, water colours or even digital colouring and see how you go colouring with RED colours.

Please note: You do NOT have to use Make it Crafty images to join the fun!

This challenge is open to Anyone who LOVES to colour.


Challenge Rules

Your project must be a NEW creation
Cards, Scrapbook Pages, ATC, Altered Art & More

The colouring must be YOUR colouring

You MUST include some RED in your colouring

You MUST link to Make it Colourful


Submit your project by FRIDAY 21st 11:59PM Australian Brisbane Time.

If you do not have a blog, you can email your submissions to info [at]


We’re looking forward to seeing your fabulous creations!

The Colour Addicts!

Important: Please help the design team comment on your projects by turning off Word Verification.

If you use Blogger this is how you do it.
To turn off Word Verification, go to Settings > Comments

then change Show Word Verification for Comments to No

Blogger now has a Spam blocker on comments that works quite well so most Spam comments are no longer displayed.


  1. Christi Hicks January 15, 2011 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Okay I entered mine but not sure if I should have lol. Very hard to stick my modest cards in amongst such glorious ones. But I really liked the image so I decided to share it. And I am going to ask here what I asked on my blog, what true red do you use, marker, pen, pencil? The only true red I could find in my stash was a watercolor pencil and a crayola marker lol. I want to find something else out there, so figure this was a good challenge to ask on lol.

  2. Donna Sullivan January 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    I am in AWE of Sweet Pixie Violet! Just incredible, as are all the others! I wimped out last week, knowing I was not up to these standards! But did go out and buy my first 8 Copics. Just happens I bought reds, greens, and browns! So I have no excuse this week! I do have a question about the images that are colored, do they have to be a stamped image or can they be images downloaded from the internet, or printed in a book? Thanks for your reply!

  3. MakeitColourful January 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Christi, for me I really like the copic colours of R22, R24 & R29 as a ‘real’ red. I call it a ‘Christmas Red’ if that makes sense. It isn’t too orange and it isn’t too purple/pink.

    Donna, You can get your images from anywhere but if you use stamps with copic markers you need to make sure you stamp the image with the right ink. Memento is a safe ink to use.

    You can also print images but you just need to do a little test on the ink line first to check it doesn’t run.

    I have an old (needs to be updated) but still good information on copics for beginners here –

  4. Ida H January 16, 2011 at 10:04 am - Reply

    What great contributions all DT’s have done.
    I have linked my contribution.
    Unfortunately, I can not remove the word verification section on my blog for the manufacturer requires that it should remain. Super Stupid I think but I hope that any of you dryers to check back with me anyway.
    Now I just keep my fingers crossed …
    Hugs Ida H, Sweden

  5. Kate Edwards January 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Hi i hope its ok to enter still, as i uploaded my card to my blog yesterday and before i could add it here my internet went down and has only just come back, so i hope this doesnt count as back linking

    Kate xxx

  6. Monique January 19, 2011 at 4:33 am - Reply


    What a fun challenge is this. I just uploaded my card on my blog and also linked it here.

    Hugs, Monique

  7. ~Vittory~ January 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I hope it’s not against the rules to publish 2 cards.
    Lovely challenge!!! xo

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