Improve Your Coloring Skills with Our Top Coloring Tips
1. Practice - The more you do it, the better you'll get at it.
2. Take your time. - Coloring is supposed to be fun, and relaxing. Don't rush. It takes me days, and even weeks sometimes for me to finish one page.
3. Learn from others. - Join some coloring groups on Facebook, such as Color It Yours Coloring Community. Ask questions. And, check out YouTube videos like the one below.
4. Invest in good pencils, if you can. - While you can color with anything, a good set of pencils makes a huge difference. My favorite are Prismacolor Premier, but for a less expensive option, Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils are great! You can read my Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils review here.
5. Color lightly. - When you press too hard, it can leave indentions in the paper making it look scratchy. Plus, it's easier to add color than it is to take it away. Make colors darker by coloring in multiple light layers rather than pressing too hard.
6. Use a colorless blender pencil. - Prismacolor colorless blender is one of my favorite coloring tools. This video does a great job of showing you exactly how to use one.
7. Outline an area before you color it in. - It helps you to stay in the lines.
8. Use a color test sheet. - Some book come with them (ours do), but if the book you're coloring in doesn't, just grab an extra sheet to test your colors on. Better to try the color out first, than to start using it, and realize it isn't what you wanted. You can even test colors side by side to make sure they look good together, or test out blending your colors to make sure you're going to get the desired effect.
9. Place a blank piece of paper behind the page you're coloring. - This prevents leaving imprints on the next page if you press too hard, and bleed through.
10. Go Monochromatic. - Having a hard time deciding on a color palette? Choose a monochromatic scheme.
11. Try Pointillism. - All you have to do is make a bunch of dots all over the page. Easy, right?
12. Add some shadows, and highlights.
13. Don't be afraid to try new things.
14. Try using chalk pastels for a simple colored background. - All you have to do is scrape off some of your chalk pastel with an Xacto knife onto the page, and rub it around with a cotton ball. Use more color where you want it to be darker, and gradually fade it out. I used this method for the background of our Free Valentine's Day Coloring Page, and a page from one of our upcoming books of the United States.
Get the gel pens I used for the picture above here.
15. Add your own details. - Fill in blank spaces with your own patterns or textures. Add water drops to leaves. Put some bubbles in the background. The possibilities are endless!
16. Check out our Coloring Gallery for some inspiration.
17. Just have fun!
Check back often. I'll be updating this list with new tips, pictures, and videos.
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