Coloring is all about God’s light. Without light there is no color and it changes depending on light conditions. Coloring is so much more than filling in a shape. Adult coloring books are a great way to play with color. Here you’ll find tips and tricks to shape your colors on the way to becoming a true colorist.
Primary school coloring is all about the ability to fill in shapes with color. A 2D shape on paper remains 2D when it is filled evenly with color. More advanced coloring is about making 2D shapes appear to be 3D.
Colored pencil is an ideal way to do this. Remember to slow down and use no pressure as you manipulate color into 3D shapes. The sample shown here contains simple abstract shapes, and can be found here.
Start by filling a shape very lightly with the desired color with soft strokes. The lightest part of the shape is closest to the viewer, and the darkest are farther away. Gradually darken the receding edges of the shape using the same or related colors.
Starting dark and working light just doesn’t seem to work as well.
Smooth Strokes Without Direction
Practically invisible strokes are those that seem to have no beginning or end. They overlap in swirling directions giving the illusion of smoothness. This can be accomplished by remembering to slow down and go dark gradually, and at the same time varying the direction of the strokes so they blend together smoothly. Inconsistency is a real plus for achieving smoothness, strange as it seems.
Stokes that all go in only one direction are also an effective way to fill a shape. The beginning and end of each stroke can be a bit tricky. The goal is to see the strokes without seeing ragged ends, very much like having a good haircut.
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Colored pencils offer great control in small spaces in addition to a wide range of lights and darks. The color sits on top of the paper; it is not absorbed by the paper. There is a point where no more color can be added.
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No downward pressure when using colored pencils is the key to successful coloring. When the pencil point just barely touches paper, it leaves a light trace of color and wax. What it doesn’t leave is ridges in the paper caused by the point of the pencil that are difficult to color evenly.
Starting light and gradually going dark makes a more evenly colored shape. This is true when using just one color or when layering colors.
The merest whisper of color is also essential in shading and transitioning from one color to another.
It’s so easy and may not look like much at the beginning, but it is the foundation of good coloring. Remember to Slow Down & Enjoy Coloring!
An adult coloring book that becomes 27 paper luminaries. Color, cut, and paste these pages to create lights to brighten the darkness. Full instructions are included with an option for laminating the paper.
These make great thoughtful gifts for anyone needing inspiration. God’s word and your coloring will lift anyone’s spirits.