Click the arrow next to the Font Colour icon to activate a toolbar from which you can choose from a range of colours.
The following only applies to Office Writer: If you click the icon with a short-click while no text is selected, then the mouse pointer changes its appearance and is displayed as a paint can. Use this paint can symbol with the mouse key pressed to drag across a text area. This text area takes the selected colour. The function remains active for as long as the icon is pressed, or until you click without dragging, or until you press the Escape key.
The following applies to all modules (Office Writer, Calc, Draw, Impress): Select the text that is to take another colour, then click the colour you want on the toolbar.