TIPS, TECHNIQUES & TUTORIALS
To date there have been a lot coloring tips & tutorials using all kinds of techniques and mediums for the pages of Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Nature. I thought it would be helpful for you to have a summary of those tips & tutorials sorted by coloring medium as well as by coloring book. This way if you are working on a specific page in one of the books you can refer to this list to find guidance tailored to that coloring page.
You'll notice that some tips & tutorials show up in multiple categories. This is because multiple mediums are used in some of the tips & tutorials.
Below you will find tips & tutorials grouped by wax-based and oil-based colored pencils. This is important because the pencils do behave differently. So you have an understanding of how they differ, here is a comparison of Prismacolor Premiers vs. Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils.
Even though the pencils perform differently, you can certainly follow along with a tutorial that uses different colored pencils than you use. Although the pencil types are different there are still many similarities and the basic guidance provided regarding coloring with colored pencils applies across all types.
Wax-Based Colored Pencils (e.g. Prismacolor Premiers)
Oil-Based Colored Pencils (e.g. Faber Castell Polychromos)
Ink Pens, Markers & Gel Pens for Details & Embellishment
In the tips & tutorials below ink pens, markers &/or gel pens are mostly used for detail/accent work rather than as the main coloring medium.
In the majority of cases, the pastels are used for backgrounds unless otherwise noted.
General grayscale painting guidance: learn how to paint a grayscale picture with acrylics.
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Blending Mediums: Vaseline, Gamsol, etc.
In the tips & tutorials below, a blending medium is used to smooth & blend out colored pencils &/or soft pastels.
I hope you found this grouping of tips & tutorials by medium and coloring page helpful! I will do my best to update this blog post with any new tutorials that we do.
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5/4/2018 03:18:02 pm
Inktens are not watercolour pencils as you call them in the video! They are water activated ink pencils! *sigh* Did you read any of the paperwork or multiple web pages?!
5/4/2018 04:45:39 pm
You are totally right, Nat! I'm very sorry for the misinformation. That video was from almost 2 1/2 years ago when I was just learning about different mediums and was totally new to Derwent Inktense pencils. I mistakenly referred to them as watercolor pencils which they are not. I soon learned that they are ink pencils that can be activated with water. There is a note below the video explaining this correction since I no longer have the original video to edit :(.
5/17/2018 05:22:59 am
Oh my! My first visit to this blog and the first comment has quite an unforgiving tone...wow. I obviously am not an “artist”, but I love grayscale and have learned so much. I hope going forward I continue to learn. I shall not make mistakes, though ;)
7/6/2018 09:06:06 pm
Don't let that scare you away Lois! Not all artist are also uptights. Though most of us are previous protective of our tools. Misinformation just causes insides but we ALL had to learn once upon a time even dear ole Nat. Please DO make mistakes from them ride some of the most amazing works if art, but more importantly from them ride learning.
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