Being new to coloring I check out coloring groups on Facebook. I got notice about a new one called, “Sassy School of Coloring”. She has video tutorials. I watched one on coloring black hair where she used paper stubs to blend the colors. We used to do this with charcoal pencils in art school. She used it with a Prismacolor black pencil and it worked just fine. (This is a closed group so you have to join first). This is the link to join the group.
Super Doodle Gel Pens Sale
There was a sale of 50% off for a pack of 36 gel pens which brought the price down to $6.47. Supposedly it was only for the weekend but I tried it on the following Tuesday and it still works. I have a set of glitter gel pens so now I will have a set of 36 regular colors of gel pens.
This was the post that I used and as of September 20th it was still working. I LOVE to get coloring supplies at a DEEP discount. The regular price is $12.95. Check it out:
Incredible sale code for Super Doodle Gel Pens!! Use code GPSALE50 at checkout to get 50% this pack. It came to $6.47!!! You can’t beat that!! Hurry!!!
Check out some of her videos. The ones I saw were good.
I also signed up for a newsletter and got a free coloring page.
If anyone else knows of a good group to join please let me know.
My First Attempts at Coloring
I Love the Hocking Hills
To be honest with you, the front cover for “Get Back to Nature” is the first time I have colored as an adult. This page is my second attempt. It was done with a set of 100 markers from US Art Supply that I got on Amazon.
I went with markers as the first attempt at coloring the cover was done with colored pencils and I found that they did not scan well, especially for a cover.
I would love to have others with more experience than I with colored pencils and shading to color this page and post it to my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AdultColoringBooksTerriBaker/
I have seen some beautiful work done on the internet and I know you are out there. Please show me just what can be done with the black and white pages that I designed and drew for others to color.
I would love to see some of the fantastic “masterpieces” that colorists out there can do. I consider what I have done as a starting point and would love to see what others can do. Are you up to it?
Colored Pencil Palette
As an oil painter I learned early on to create a palette of all my colors as I was using them. It was helpful to create the exact shade or tint that I wanted.
Colored pencils are no different. You can use them lightly to make a tint or press harder to make a shade. You can also take those two colors and add black or white to darken or lighten the color.
Many colorists blend colors when they are coloring and having all your colors in front of you while you color can inspire your creativity.
I myself hadn’t colored since my college days. Thank goodness I had a nice range of Prismacolors as they were the top of the line even then. Now there are so many other choices and I will get into those choices in a later article.
For now I wanted to create a “Palette” that anyone could use when they get a new set of pencils or markers to see what the colors look like before you use them.
Colored Pencil Palette
I am including an actual palette that I created for a cheap set of colored pencils that is a great starter set for anyone who wants to test the waters without a great investment of money.
The set that I purchased was the Sargent Art Colored Pencils a pack of 50. They were $8.29 at the time of my purchase at Amazon. So with the cost of Get Back to Nature you could start a new hobby of coloring for under $20.00. Here is the colored palette for the Sargent set. It shows how it would look lighter with cross hatching and pressing hard to get the darker shade.
Sargent 50 Colored Pencil Palette
I also recommend you get a good pencil sharpener if you don’t already have one. This Prismacolor Scholar Pencil Sharpener is only $1.59 at time of writing but it will keep you colored pencils sharp which is necessary when coloring.
Copyright Terri Baker 2016