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10+ coloring tips • coloring books coloring art prints.

Coloring books are fun, especially if you can advance your art skills and techniques while doing that. Coloring books do not have to be a monotonous mindless coloring between the lines. You can enhance any design by coloring it with a variety of media, approaches, and techniques. Don't be afraid to experiment - you will be rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when you're done.

Learning does not have to be boring!

In this section of my web site I offer you some starting techniques. Art of Coloring can be a real Art!

pick your book coloring medium:

colored pencils

markers & pens

If you are not sire where to start - start there:

pencils 101

markers 101

coloring tip

Even though I cover here colored pencils and markers/pens separately, you can achieve great effects if you combine both media in one design.

Each medium has its own benefits:

  • Colored pencils are great for blending colors, to create color gradations and to add depth to a shape for a 3-D look.
  • Most markers are good for coloring patterns with solod colors. They allow you to layer the colors too.
  • Pens and gel pens are great for fine details to add some special effects (like metallic and glitter texture).

Click on the image on the left to enlarge or see the examples below:

Four colored pencils were used to color and shade the flower pattern here. Small areas of the negative space (background) were colored with a marker.

Two different types of marker and techniques were used here to color the patterns: color layering in the top green area and traditional coloring of the blue pattern.

Three gel pens (different shades of gold) were used as an embelishment - I do not like to overuse them. They can add dimension to your design.

my coloring designs' color reference:

click on the image to zoom

Art Nouveau patterns I

Art Deco Patterns I

Victorian Patterns I



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