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Exactly What I Use For Coloring – List of Materials, As Seen In “How To Color” Books

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In case you wanted to replicate exact colors and effects as in my “How To Color” books, here is a list of art materials I use for mandala, cats, and flowers coloring pages:

And that is all I need for coloring. Feel free to share what pencils/pens/other art materials you are using.

I have linked all items above to Amazon for your convenience. Also I can receive a small commission (that does not affect you) if you buy something following one of the links. It will be used to continue this blog and share more art tips and coloring pages with you.

Thank you and keep your creativity flowing  

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Basic Colored Pencils Techniques

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This simple exercise will help you to familiarize yourself with colored pencils as a medium.

  • Line out 3 x 4 cm rectangles, as many as you want –>
  • Then fill in the sections with various techniques like stippling with dots, hatching with parallel lines, waves, crosshatch, scumbling wit circular movements. See the image above as an example.
  • Try applying various pressure while hatching
  • Lay your pencil flat and draw waves (don’t push too hard or the lead will chip)
  • Repeat the same but with freshly sharpened pencil placed at 90 degrees to the paper
  • Layer two colors (light color should be on top). Press lightly while laying the darker color underneath  so the paper is not completely waxed and there is still some space for the lighter color to go on top).

Also, you can manipulate color and depth by varying the pressure you apply on the pencil. If you want a soft pastel shade, then add a white pencil on top – it is more waxy and is usually sold separately.
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In this example I’ve used:

Faber-Castell Classic Colour set of 36 pencils;

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How to Use Colored Pencils: Where to Start

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If you just got your colored pencils and never worked with them before, here are some tips that will help you familiarize yourself wit how colored pencils work:

#1 – Try them all at once

What we are basically doing here is creating swatches. Professionals like fashion and interior designers, illustrators and painters use swathes and pallets to create mood, create a harmony of color, and to do this correctly they start by making a visual inventory of paint they have (simply laying out the colors on one sheet of paper).

Easy exercise:

  1. Get a white piece of paper
  2. Line out 3 x 4 cm rectangles. I made 24 sections since I’ve got a set of 24 pencils.
  3. Color in each section changing the pressure on each pencil from light at the start to strong at the end.

This way you will find out the real colors of your pencils, because the pencil wrap is often different from its true lead color. Also, you will notice how the depth of color changes depending on the pressure you apply. And of course you will choose your favorite colors and their combinations.