The beauty of coloring is that there’s no wrong way to do it. There are as many or more coloring techniques as there are tools. Try a few of these and you’ll be on your way to creating unique masterpieces in no time!
Coloring With Colored Pencils
1. Begin by choosing which colors you plan on working with. It will be helpful to have multiple blending stumps to work with so that you do not have to sand as much between color changes and color applications.
2. Apply a heavy line of color to the left side of the areas you choose to color with your first color (Photo 1). 3. Roll or dip the tip of your blending stump into the odorless mineral spirits (OMS) until it is fully saturated, but not dripping. Note: If you are wary of working with odorless mineral spirits, are pregnant or have an allergy to it, pure baby oil can be used instead for this technique. It must be used sparingly so as not to stain the image you are working on, so a bit of experimentation should be done to find out just how much oil is needed to break down the wax and fillers in the colored pencil leads (Photo 2). 2
4. Using small circular motions, blend the color into the open white area of the image (Photo 3). 5. Using a sanding block or sandpaper pad, clean the first color off the tip of your blending stump before applying and blending the next color.
6. Apply and blend additional colors as shown, repeating steps 2–5 for each color (Photo 4). 7. Once you have colored your image, reapply a second layer of color to deepen the saturation until the desired color level is reached. Again, blend just as before using blending stumps and OMS (Photo 5). 5 4 3