Top 10 coloring tips for beginners
So, you want to start your own adventure with coloring? It’s great! Coloring is not only a nice hobby but also a very powerful remedy for stress and mental fatigue! We’ve written more about the soothing effect of coloring here: 10 good reasons to find time to do coloring. And today you can learn 10 useful coloring tricks for beginners.
1. Choose the right paper for a given technique
Pencils, water markers, alcohol markers, watercolors – each of the techniques “like” a different type of paper. If you print our coloring pages and intend to color them with crayons, you may find standard photocopying paper to be enough. However, you will certainly increase the comfort of your work when you use 120g / m2 paper. Watercolors? Choose paper for wet techniques.
An experiment with markers? Well, you should know that standard paper for printers is far too thin to use markers on it. But in more specialized stores you can find special sheets of paper proper for alcohol markers. Just make sure to check if your printer can handle a thicker type of paper. You don’t want to call for a service, do you?
2. What kind of paper was used to print my coloring book?
So you already know that not every kind of paper is suitable for all coloring techniques. But how to find out, what type of paper was used to print a given coloring book?
Sometimes you’ll find such information on the last page. But what to do if there’s no such information? Just sacrifice one page for tests! It can be a title page, an editorial page, or just an image you don’t like. You can test the behavior of various drawing and painting tools there.
3. Be the master of your pencils!
Learn how to control your pencils. Use even pressure on the paper when coloring. Color with short or circular movements, one line right next to the other. You don’t have to hurry, your coloring page will always be waiting for you after returning from work (just hide it well from children or a hungry cat;) Small elements should be treated with a sharpened pencil. Large surfaces can be colored with a slightly worn off tip.
4. Experiment and discover
Pencils enjoy working in layers and are perfectly suited to that purpose. What is more, you don’t need to have a full range of crayons of a given brand. All you need for a start is a set of 24 colors of good quality pencils. Mixing colors with each other (applying one layer to the other), you will learn to create new shades in no time. And you still have a test page which you can use for that, right?
When your budget will increase over time, you can buy the missing colors in art stores (they often sell pencils in any number of pieces, even individually).
5. Contour? It’s just a suggestion
Create your own effects and color transitions within the contour! For example, you can color the leaves starting from a dark green to a bright one, and ending with yellow. At the final stage of the work, you can add some tiny details. When coloring animal fur you can use short strokes in the direction in which the fur is growing.
6. Add something extra
Do you have a picture that shows a beautiful fox or deer? Draw a forest in the background! Sirens? Draw the bottom of the sea in the background. The sky in your picture has no clouds? Add them! And what to do when you have no idea for an interesting background? Consider adding the effect of galaxy, ombre or bokeh?
7. Plan the colors
Use a color wheel. It’s worth reading about a color wheel if you don’t know it yet. But on the internet are also available other tools that can even choose colors for you (eg Paletton, Adobe Kuler). You can also use ready-made color palettes. An interesting idea is also to limit the number of colors in the image. By giving up one color on a color wheel, also give up colors directly adjacent to it. Once you’ve established the color scheme, you’ll be able to enrich it with neutral colors such as black, beige and gray.
8. Light and shadow
Plan the distribution of light and shadow in the picture. Imagine how light falls on the face of the character you color. Continue this path and color convex elements in lighter shades. If there’s no visible source of light in the picture – create your own.
9. Mix techniques and materials
Mixing materials and techniques can give a truly amazing effect. What’s more, creating your own techniques gives a lot of fun and satisfaction. For example, to create a background, use a thin layer of watercolors or pastels. Then add details using a pen or crayons. Finally, add a striking finish with sticky, colorful confetti.
10. Forget it all… and just have fun!
Definitely, the most important rule is: coloring should be pleasant and relaxing!
So find your favorite theme. Some people like zentangle and mandalas, other portraits, animals or flowers. And if you don’t know yet what might be your favorite theme, then you’ve come to the right place. In our collection of +2000 free coloring pages, you’ll surely find something to start with.