Are Derwent Inktense Pencils Worth the Hype? – A Review


I have been asked so many questions about Derwent Inktense pencils. Are they really different from other colored pencils? Are they worth the money? A couple of months ago I bought a set to find out. Continue reading “Are Derwent Inktense Pencils Worth the Hype? – A Review”

How to Choose Colors Part V: Being “Complementary”

complementaryAs mentioned in my last post on colors, “Going Monochrome,” I introduced some easy ways for eliminating the stress that you may feel when selecting colors.  I described the Traditional Color Schemes in general, and provided more information about the Monochrome Scheme.

In this post, I’ll introduce you to the Complementary Scheme.

About the Complementary Scheme
Choosing Colors
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How to Choose Colors, Part IV: Going Monochrome

monochromeWhen you are trying to manage your stress, choosing colors can sometimes only add to your anxiety.

However, there are some “rules” you can use to simplify the process of choosing colors. One of the best ways is to use the Color Wheel’s classic combinations, or schemes.

Traditional Color Schemes

There are six standard methods you can use with the Color Wheel to select colors that look good together.  All of the methods are based on the positions of the colors on the Color Wheel and are: Continue reading “How to Choose Colors, Part IV: Going Monochrome”

28 Easy Ways to Get More from Your Colored Pencils

colored pencilsWhether you are new to adult coloring (if so, welcome!), or an experienced colorist, there is a lot to learn about colored pencils. And good quality colored pencils can be expensive, so using them in the right ways can help you get a lot more out of them, saving you money and frustration.

Here are a bunch of tips and hacks I have learned over the years, from trial and error and from my niece who is a colored pencil artist. So give these a try, and let me know what you think! Continue reading “28 Easy Ways to Get More from Your Colored Pencils”

Review: Fruit Garden Coloring Book

Fruit Garden Coloring BookAlthough the weather in many parts of North America is still struggling to feel like Spring, Summer is on its way, and with it the abundance of fresh, local fruit that we will see in the stores and – even better – farmers’ markets. If you are looking for some coloring to get you in the mood, or if the abundance of produce is inspiring you, you may find it difficult to find a relevant adult coloring book among all of the mandalas, fantasy, pop-culture/novelty, and animal  ones on the market. However, I have tried and can recommend Fruit Garden, An Adult Coloring Book, by Lesley Smitheringale.

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Smudged Lines: Why They Happen & How To Prevent Them

Sometimes we want smudged lines when we color – especially when blending.

However, no one likes it when the printed outlines on a coloring page are the smudged lines. I briefly talked about this problem in this post about printing coloring pages at home. However, several of my readers (thanks especially to Ellen!) have told me they are having this problem, not only with printables but with coloring books as well.

Smudged Lines
Examples of Smudged Outlines

Why does this happen? And is there anything you can do to stop the smudging? Continue reading “Smudged Lines: Why They Happen & How To Prevent Them”

Choosing Colors, Part III – Simple Options

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In Part I  of this Choosing Colors series we learned about the 12 colors of the Color Wheel as well as color harmony. In Part II  we covered Tinting (adding white to a color), Toning (adding gray to a color), and Shading (adding black to a color).

In this installment, we’ll learn some simple ways to use the Color Wheel when choosing colors that will give you great looking coloring projects that are also enjoyable to make. You can use these basic approaches whether you are using markers, pencils, pens, or a combination of any of them. Continue reading “Choosing Colors, Part III – Simple Options”

6 Tips for Taking Printables from ‘Eh’ to ‘Excellent’

Adult Coloring PrintablesPrintables can be great (yay, free goodies!) – and can be awful. 

Coloring book publishers and artists give away printable coloring pages as a try-and-buy technique.  Oodles of websites offer free printables pages. And artists sell unique ones on their websites or shops such as Etsy. Printables are usually single pages, but you can also find printable collections or books; in fact, many of the coloring books on Amazon are also available in electronic (Kindle) format, with online links to print the illustrations at home. And you can print printables as many times as you want, so you can try different tools, palettes or techniques on the same illustration.

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