Hi everyone, I really hope that you are all well and staying safe.
This week, I thought I would show you a couple of coloured pencil techniques that will really bring your colouring to life, whether you are working from your own drawing or using a colouring book. Colouring is wonderful for relaxation and creating a feeling of calm, which I hope might be useful given the current situation.
I have created this abstract drawing using some lines and shapes and by blending and shading the different sections it makes the drawing look three dimensional rather than flat.
You will need:
- coloured pencils
- rubber and sharpener
Firstly, I made some curved lines and some shapes on the paper. Just press lightly with the pencil so that will be easy to rub out later on. I added some more shapes later on and moved a few lines as you will probably notice!
Next choose four different coloured pencils. Try and select a range of dark to light in colours that would blend together. For example, I chose a dark blue, dark green, light green and yellow.
Now starting with the darkest colour, colour in the edge or corner of one of the sections on your drawing. I worked along a side and the two ends. Imagine that one edge is really dark and then very gently colour in away from the edge, using less pressure until it fades out. A good way to do this is in tiny circular movements.
Next with the second darkest colour, start at the edge and colour over the first colour and then bring it out slightly further.
Now taking the next colour, which should be slightly lighter than the first two, do the same again but bring the colour out further than last time. Lastly, using the lightest colour, you can colour over the whole of the section.
Now repeat this process with different colour combinations throughout your picture (I have included pictures of the next section I did.)
I found it was quite effective to leave some sections white and also to colour some of the open sections around the outside of the picture to give a kind of reverse effect. As you can see towards the end I added a couple of circle shapes as I wanted to balance out the picture!
A couple of tips I found helpful were to rub out the pencil lines as I went and replace them with a line in the colour I was using. Also to stop the pencil lines and colours from smudging I used another piece of paper to rest my hand on.
And this is the final result. Ta-da!
I hope you have enjoyed this art session. If you would like to ask any questions or you have any ideas then please get in touch via my social media. You can find me on facebook, instagram and twitter as: The Crafty Hare UK (@thecraftyhareuk)
I would love to see your creations so please share a photo!
Thanks for reading!
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