8 Unique coloring techniques for your adult coloring book

By Nicole Tinkham

8 Unique coloring techniques for your adult coloring book

Adult coloring books are THE hottest thing right now and rightfully so. Some of the benefits of coloring will probably totally shock you. It’s more than just a hobby. If you haven’t heard about them, check the benefits out here.  Once you do that it’s time to get coloring! Grab a coloring book (at Keeton’s! 🙂 ) and some colored pencils (also at Keeton’s!) to get started. Keep in mind that just because the designs are already laid out for you doesn’t mean your creativity can’t shine. Here are 8 unique coloring techniques that anyone can do.

1.    The stained glass look


Tracing the outer lines thickly with your colored pencil and then filling it in with a lighter shade will give you a stained glass look.

2.    Gradient


Use a few different colored pencil shades to produce a gradient.

3.    Use your pencil shavings!

Save your pencil shavings because you can actually use that powdery pencil dust to color. Dump some out where you want your color to go and gently blend it in with your finger. This will give you a light and very soft look.

4.    Add some texture

You can place any flat item with texture under your paper and transfer the texture by gently coloring over top. Get creative and find some interesting leaves 🙂

5.    Shading

You can easily achieve shading with one colored pencil. It’s called the pressure method. Simply apply more pressure and layers where you want the color to be darker and less pressure in areas you want lighter. When doing this method, we recommend coloring in a circular pattern so the shades blend well together and it looks seamless.

6.    Use a colorless blender

A colorless blender is essentially a colored pencil without the color and is used to blend. When coloring with pencil, you’ll typically notice some of the white from the paper peeking through. A colorless blender can smooth everything out for a nice clean look and intensify the color. Using the small circle technique mentioned under shading, start with the lighter areas and work your way in the darker.

7.    Play around with watercolor pencil

Watercolor pencils seem to work like magic and are so much fun to play with. They’re similar to regular colored pencils but when water is added, they transform into watercolors. Learn more about them here: Using Watercolor Pencils

8.    Get creative and use other supplies

You don’t necessarily have to use colored pencils when working in your coloring book although many people prefer it. You can also use markers (that won’t bleed through), crayons, glitter, you name it! Try some different things out and have fun with it.

TIP: We recommend using quality colored pencils like Prismacolors. Trust us when we say you’ll be glad when you make the switch to quality supplies.

You may not need professional artistic stills to enjoy adult coloring books but that doesn’t mean you always have to stay within the lines. Add your flair and dare to do something a little different! Try out these 8 unique coloring ideas and have fun with it.

Tell us, what’s your favorite colored pencil technique? Let us know in the COMMENTS!

4 thoughts on “8 Unique coloring techniques for your adult coloring book

  1. (Squealing with laughter) Today I went to a Coloring Meet-Up and a gal had the DerWent watercolors and Oh My MY!!! Im in love!

    Ive only been coloring a few weeks, and I have purchased a lot of supplies to work with Mineral Spirits but haven’t made it far enough to use them….

    LLAAAWWWDDYY!! SO MUCH FUN! Im in heaven…. Im more of a color by number person… But I have found great FUN!

    If you haven’t tried a watercolor type wash for a base you are missing out.!

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