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6 Colouring Techniques to Improve Your Skills

Adult colouring has become hugely popular in the crafting community in recent years, and once you’ve tried it for yourself it’s no surprise why. Colouring is a completely absorbing project through which you can practise mindfulness and escape from life’s stresses for a few moments. What’s more, colouring is a great way to pick up additional crafting skills. Whether you’ve just got your hands on your first colouring book or you’re a seasoned pro, we’re sure you’ll enjoy our tips for ways to boost your results.

6 Colouring Techniques to Improve Your Skills

1. Add texture

Bringing texture to your projects is a simple way to take them to the next level, and there are so many ways to do it. If you’re using coloured pencils, you can simply change the direction of your pencil lines, or colour in small circles to create a more blended effect. Another way is to add a textured object behind your image and colour over it to transfer the texture – something as simple as a leaf works well.

2. Try a monochrome palette

Limiting your colour palette can turn out some surprisingly striking results. Simply pick a colour and then gather together every shade you have – it might just be a few or you might have hoarded dozens! Monochrome prints look fab when they’re framed up and given as gifts.

3. Go for a mixed media approach

Pens, pencils or watercolours... sometimes it’s hard to choose just one, so why not mix them all together! You can try creating a pretty background to your image with a light wash of watercolours or pastels, and then add the details on top with pens or pencils. Or you could get even more creative, adding glitter and scraps of printed paper or fabric to create a collage effect.

4. Experiment with Chameleon pens

We absolutely love how creative crafters can get with Chameleon pens, which offer a fun and creative way to blend colours seamlessly. The alcohol-based pens produce brilliant shades that you can mix and match by blending different combinations at the source – the nib of the pen. To get started, pick up a set like the Chameleon Pen Set in Cool Tones and check out Louise Dunbar’s how-to tips here for expert advice on achieving perfect results.

5. Blend it out

There are many ways to create a blended look on your image beyond layering colours or using different pressures to achieve a gradient look. If using coloured pencils, the easiest method is to rub a white pencil between the two colours in a circular motion. For a more effective blend, you can add a blending agent such as a tiny amount of baby oil on a cotton bud to break down the colours, allowing them to move around the paper. If you’re trying this method, be sure to use a high-quality paper.

6. Add your own elements

Don’t be afraid to make your drawing your own by adding a personal touch to the image. Many colouring books feature a central image surrounded by empty space – use your imagination to create a scene in the background, or simply doodle mandalas to complement the main image. For a professional finish, trace a design lightly in pencil, go over the lines with a black fineliner, erase the pencil marks and colour in.