The easiest way to blend colors in Inkscape is by using color gradients. Here is an exercise to create a simple ground cover or part of a forest floor.

  • Create an irregular shape like this using the Pen Tool or other drawing tools. Fill the shape with a shade of green. Remove the stroke color. If you wish to keep the stroke color, match it with the fill color.
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  • The shape can also be created using the Circle, Ellipses and Arcs tool. Draw an ellipse using this tool and flatten it using the selector tool.
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  • If you like, you can even skew, by toggling the selector tool.
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  • Add a few nodes all around the path.
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  • Adjust the nodes, using node-handles to get an irregular shape as shown below.
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  • Once the shape looks approximately like the image above (Fig 6), select the image using the Selector Tool. Then choose the linear gradient from the Fill And Stroke dialog.
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  • Click on the transparent node of the color gradient. Bring it to full opacity. Then add a node in the middle of the gradient. Change the color of the middle node to f3d6b1ff.
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Add a tree, some rocks and other elements. Now the image looks like a path between green ground cover.

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Play around with the color gradient, by changing the colors to suit your preference. Also move around the nodes to get the desired effect.

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In the image above three different colors have been used. Re-arrange the elements a little for a different effect.

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