DIY

Coloring Techniques

Believe it or not, there are more than just one way of coloring your adult coloring book pages! Here are five different techniques for creating value to your coloring book pages to add more depth and texture. Watch the video for examples of each technique described below. 

Video Project Instructions

Hatching:

Draw closely spaced parallel lines all going in the same direction. For darker shading, place parallel lines closer together using heavy pressure. For lighter shades, place parallel lines further apart with light pressure.

Cross-hatching:

Layer of hatching applied at different angles to create and build texture and darker tones. For darker shading, place cross-hatch lines closer together using heavy pressure. For lighter shades, place cross-hatch lines further apart with light pressure.

Scumbling:

Create shading by drawing repeating tiny circles very close together. To create darker values, draw circles closer together with heavy pressure. To create lighter shades, draw circles further apart with light pressure.

Blending:

Shade desired area using preferred coloring technique. Blend with tip of blending stump or fingers with gentle pressure in a circular motion.

Stippling:

This technique is often times called pointillism; it creates value with the use of repetitive dots. Placing dots more densely together will create darker shades whereas sparsely placed dots will create lighter shades.