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)
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.
#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.
#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).
#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.
#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!
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.