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Coloring Page Example: Coloring With Dark Colors

Not everyone likes bright pink and lemon yellow colors.

Most coloring pages are “attacked” with brightest pencils that can be found in colorist’s collection.

It is possible to get an interesting looking picture even if using dark or dull colors. The key is to balance dark/dull color with 10-20% of bright color.

In the example below I have used ocher yellow to add some contrast. Even though ocher yellow is a color of dry grass, it still looked bright compared to other colors in the palette. Dark colors used are Prussian blue (dark greenish blue used for uniforms in old days), and two different shades of brown.

At the picture below, you can see how stars are almost glowing on dark background. Contrast is the key.

Here is the color palette:

Try this color combination and see for yourself that dark or dull colors can also be fun if used in contrast with one slightly lighter and brighter color.

*This picture is a part of The Cosmos Within coloring book.

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  1. Lynette Rean

    As i am just new to the Adult coloring world i found these books very informative and your instructions easy to follow . I have all of the how to books thank you and love them

  2. Linda

    I really appreciate all the help that you so generously share. I have learned some new techniques as well as enjoyed your coloring pictures. Thank you, Ekaterina for your interesting ideas and help.
    Linda G

  3. Anita

    Thank you for the tips on coloring. Using colored pencils is new for me as I am used to oil painting and become a little frustrated when I cant get the look I want. Your instruction is helping me greatly. Love your books.

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