Basic Coloring Tips & Techniques
If you’re an adult coloring enthusiast who is looking for some ways to spice up your bland pages, then read on for some good advice and tricks that you’ll definitively want to try. Here are some basic coloring tips and techniques to explore …
Remember Your Basic Drawing Rules.
A sharp drawing implement is always your friend. Using one will help prevent wrist strain and keep you coloring for hours longer than you might have otherwise been able to do.
You may also want to test out any markers, paints, or gel pens that you’ll be using in the margins of your coloring book or on a spare page in the back to make sure they don’t bleed through the paper. If they do, keep the colors from spreading by placing a piece of scrap paper behind the page where you’ll be drawing.
However, if the illustrations you are working with are double sided, you’ll need to avoid working with drawing materials that soak through the pages. This will enable you to get the most use out of your coloring book.
Change Up Your Tools.
If you only have one set of drawing instruments or simply prefer one set to all the others, the items in question are bound to get used so often that all of your work may begin to look the same. In this case, it’s very easy to change things up by adding in some new drawing tools as your budget allows or simply reaching for a different pencil when the opportunity presents itself.
You can even vary the range of colors that you get with any colored pencil or crayon by varying the amount of pressure that you’re placing on it when you’re drawing.
If you have the money to do so, you may also want to purchase high-quality art supplies (such as wax-based colored pencils) rather than the more basic varieties of markers, crayons, and colored pencils that you can find just about everywhere.
Blend The Colors Together.
If you’re just filling the lines on your page with one color, you might want to give blending a try. This technique works well with a wide variety of coloring mediums.
If you’re not sure where to start, the website Cleverpedia has a good series of video tutorials that will help you master this technique and several others.
Just keep in mind that when you’re using colored pencils, you may want to blend the pigments together by occasionally drawing in opposite directions or crosshatching your brushstrokes.
A white colored pencil or other colorless blender can also be helpful in this regard, since it will help smooth out any rough edges and brighten up your projects.
Try A Different Approach.
It pays to play around with your materials and see what new looks you can achieve. For instance, a stained glass appearance can be achieved by using darker outlines and filling in the drawing with lighter hues.
Pencil shavings can also be dusted on projects to add a hint of color.
Or you can use glitter to give your art some sparkle.
You can even add textures to your drawings by placing other materials behind the paper when you’re coloring.
If you really want to branch out a bit more, start working with a new medium! For instance, you can start using markers instead of colored pencils and so on.
Of course, you should feel free to be slow and deliberate about your progress. Remember this isn’t a work project that has to be done in any specific amount of time. Just relax and enjoy yourself.