Adult coloring can become a much more intricate and detailed process when compared to traditional coloring book skills and techniques. If you’re looking for a new way to color in your adult coloring book, you can test out these unique tips and tricks to create a masterpiece of your own.
Solid colors are great, but if you truly want to make your artwork pop you’ll have to try to add some dimension to your picture. Using texturing techniques will help to create a 3D look that will enhance the overall look of the image.
One of the first texturing techniques you should try out is cross hatching. This technique uses simple lines crisscrossing across from one another to create a grid-like design. These intersecting lines produce a shading effect, and will develop depth within your picture. There are multiple ways to hatch an image, and differs depending on the amount of lines used, and angles at which they intersect.
If cross hatching isn’t a texture that you’re fond of, you can try stippling. Stippling, unlike hatching, uses a series of patterned dots rather than lines to create depth. When you stipple, you can create variations of light and shadowing effects. Stippling works well in smaller spaces, as a large stippled image could take quite a significant amount of time to complete. Using stippling with colors can help create an effect that will make your ink look faded from light to dark, or vice versa.
Contouring is another easy way to create an added dimension to an otherwise typical image. When you contour an image, it can look as though it’s rounded, and this especially comes in handy for images that feature items such as flowers, so you can make it look as realistic as possible with rounded petals.
When you combine a mixture of different colors, you’re creating an entirely new look of your own. One really neat technique to try is a gradual shading, or ombre. Find a set of colors, let’s say green for example, and choose a light green, medium green, and dark green. You can even try to add in a yellow and move from yellow tones to greens.
This shading will enhance your picture by giving it a color scheme that can’t be found by using one individual color. When you combine colors instead of using one solid color in between the lines, it makes the image more relatable to what you see in everyday life.
If you want to get really creative, you can mix and match and produce a fun image that’s almost tie dye. You don’t necessarily have to stick with the same color schemes, you can shade or fade ombre with multiple colors.
When you choose to mix and match with different colors, you can still manage to stay within a scheme if you would like, and try out an all-pastel look, neons, or darker hues. This type of shading will create a bold effect and really make your picture pop!
Another interesting way to liven up your coloring book is to use a combination of different tools. Gel pens can be used with markers, or colored pencils to create a glossy finish, or 3-dimensional feature.
If you’re going to use a marker and gel pen combination, you’ll first want to color your image using markers, and leave enough time to completely dry before moving onto the next step. Once the marker is dry, you can use your gel pens to add depth and structure to the image.
If a simple outline using gel pens is not enough, you can use texture techniques to draw lines, or dots over the markers to create an eye-catching design that adds great details to the page. When choosing to go over the marker with a gel pen, you’ll want to make sure that you choose a light or metallic color that will really stand out on the darker marker shades.