Adult Coloring is all the buzz of late.
It’s clear that it revolves around colored pencils/crayons and coloring pages.
But, it is just plain old coloring, right?
While it looks like plain old coloring, it has tremendous benefits even for adults. The biggest one being a stress buster. There are many studies that show that coloring pages have a therapeutic impact on one’s health.
If you’re a beginner, it is best to keep your focus on learning the basics and practicing your coloring skills. Well, your work might appear somewhat basic at first, however, as you continue practicing, you will be able to try out some more complex coloring techniques.
To help you out, I have compiled the top adult coloring tips for beginners:
1. Experiment with Different Coloring Mediums
As a beginner, you should consider experimenting with various different coloring mediums such as markers, crayons, gel pens, and colored pencils.
Colored pencils are actually the best alternative for those who are just starting to color since mistakes are usually less visible. As for gel pens, they’re extremely versatile and they come in a wide variety of colors including glitter and neon. Depending on the type of coloring medium you use to color the pages, you can achieve very different results. You can try them all so that you can find your very own style.
2. Pressure Shading
Pressure shading involves varying the amount of pressure you exert on your colored pencil to apply/add more pigment onto the page while coloring across the gradient. The manner in which you hold your colored pencil makes a great difference. You should position your colored pencil so that most of its tip is in contact with your paper; this makes the color much smoother and helps reduce the possibility of pencil lines.
3. Keep Things Light
Always try not to press way too hard when you are using colored pencils, markers, gel pens or crayons. This will not only extend the lifespan of your supply but will also help keep the pointers/tips intact.
4. Prevent Bleeding
As a beginner colorist, there is nothing worse than putting all of your effort to finish your coloring masterpiece, only to, later on, turn the page and then find out that the markers bled through.
Before you start coloring your new coloring book, always test your coloring medium (gel pens, markers, crayons, or colored pencil) on a blank page at the back of your coloring book or on the cover page so as to check if it leaves a shadow or it bleeds through. To prevent bleeding, you simply need to place a thick blank sheet of paper underneath the page you are working on, or between the coloring book pages.
5. Keep the Colored Pencils Sharp
If you prefer using the colored pencils, you should try and keep them sharp as this is the best way of forcing color into the coloring book’s tiny cracks. Having fine tipped colored pencils also means that you will not apply color to a large area at a go.
6. Apply Highlights
One of the best ways of finishing off your coloring is to apply some highlights. You can use a fine paint brush and white paint, or you can use a correction pen or white out.
7. Download Free Adult Coloring Pages
Instead of practicing on your new coloring book, you should consider downloading free printable coloring sheets which are available online. By doing this, you will be able to try different coloring techniques without having to worry about messing things up.