“New Guide to Coloring” – Blending

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A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to DesignOriginals’ “New Guide to Coloring”, a new book on coloring techniques. Instead of just writing a review, I decided to give you a short insight on three selected chapters. I have grown to love it, because it makes coloring so much more fun! Enjoy the next lesson on blending:

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Blending is a great technique to give your picture a professional look. It can actually mean two things: mixing two colors together to create a new one OR creating a smooth transition from one color into another. I will focus on the latter with a few illustrations that I did with colored pencils.

1.The first of three steps is to apply the light color.

2.When using the dark color, start coloring from the middle of the area towards edge and intensify the pressure towards the edge.

step-by-step-example3.To finish off the blend, go back to using the light color and apply it to all over the area to smooth out the transition of the two colors. The smoothing out might take a while and you can also go back using the darker color of necessary.

In my personal example, I started with the dark color, added the second color varying its intensity. I feel, when you start with the dark color, it already starts blending when coloring over it with the lighter color. However, that depends on the colors and the pencils you use. You can blend the colors step by step, switching more often between the two colors you are using.

 

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Sorry for the bad quality of the last pic! I just finished it and loved it so much that I wanted to share it with you, but I did not have the time to scan it…

The last lesson I will introduce to you will focus on patterning, so stay tuned!

All coloring motifs are by DesignOriginals.

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We love Bracelets!

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bracelet tree

I was in the mood for updating my bracelet selection. Unlike others, I don’t go to the store to buy new ones, I make them myself. How cool is it, when someone asks you about your jewelry and you can tell them you made them yourself!? Here are some of my ideas. They are very easy, very simple, and they go with everything!

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Tied bracelet

This one is the most time-consuming, since you have to tie a half hitch pattern. The button is not only decorative it also functions as a fastener. You can create this beauty with very two materials!

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Leather and Beads

These next two bracelets are really cool. The leather one is even suitable for guys. The silver beads are threaded to an elastic yarn so you don’t need a lock when putting on the bracelet.

 

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Elegant Beads

These two are my favorites and they are soooo easy to make! You just need some yarn, beads and a lock. I also used crimp beads to better secure the yarn. They look very elegant and there are no limits to the beads you want to use.

I think this selection of self-made bracelets match any outfit and occasion. Have fun creating your own! I can’t wait to wear mine!

New Guide to Coloring – Media

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New Guide to Coloring

“New Guide to Coloring for Crafts, Adult Coloring Books, and Other Coloristas!” by the editors of Do Magazine, Design Originals an imprint by Fox Chapel Publishing, ISBN 978-1497200876, $11.19 or 14,95€

This book will teach you everything you need to know about coloring such as layering, shading, blending, patterning, and other techniques. Coloring has become more complex and more fun, but it has also developed into a new therapy method for stressed-release.

The “New Guide to Coloring” makes it easy for you to learn the different techniques with helpful practice areas and many illustrations for demonstration. There are a number of pages with patterns for you to color and try out.

Over the next months, I will introduce you to three lessons from the book that will definitely make you want to buy a coloring book and get crackin’! The first lesson will sum up the most important rules for the use of the most frequently used media.

It’s all in the pen(s)

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tip sizes

There is an incredible variety of pens to color with. However, you need to consider certain factors before you start coloring a picture. How do I want the result of my picture to look like? Am I working with more than one media? And so on…

The number one general rule is to color with the pens you feel most comfortable with. Once you are ready to try more, you can experiment with other media.

Markers

#1 Adjust the tip-size to the size of the area you are coloring. A small area requires a small tip to stay in the lines, larger areas are filled much faster with a large tip.

#2 Keep a safe distance to the lines to give the ink space to bleed out. Otherwise it will look like you had trouble staying inside the lines.

#3 Too many layers of a water-based marker can damage your paper, so the less layering, the better.

Colored Pencils

#1 Take good care of your pencils. If they fall too often or they are handled roughly when transported, they can break easily while coloring or sharpening.

#2 Kneaded erasers are best to use for colored pencils. Usually, the colors are hard to erase in general, so do not apply the colors with too much pressure if you are not 100% certain about your choice of color.

#3 With wax-based pencils, fixate your result with hairspray to avoid wax bloom (Wax bloom is a white shade that develops over time from the wax that holds together the colored pigments of the pencils; if this happens, you can use a cotton wool to wipe it off).

Watercolor Pencils

#1 Do not use too much water or

a) you will ruin the paper and

b) the color will fade and won’t have the intended effect you wished for.

#2 Practice the appliance of the water before you actually use it on a picture.

Gel Pens

#1 Let the ink dry long enough or the color will smudge.

#2 Test the colors before you apply them. Some colors might not be visible on the color you are using it on, therefore you have to plan the combination of your colors beforehand. Try them on an extra sheet of paper.

A little hint: white goes with almost everything, white patterns on a colored picture look!

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There are many more options of media for you to pick from, but there are a few you might not think of…Try eye shadow, for example, coffee or tea (they will also give your picture a great smell!), or nail polish!

Have fun figuring out new combinations of media! I think I am gonna get my nail polish and try that one… I am just too curious!

If you want to learn more, check out  “New Guide to Coloring”  for more detail and further lessons or check out the next lesson on pen.paper.polkadots coming soon.