We get it, coloring with Colored Pencils looks great when everyone else does it but you are intimidated by all the great artwork everyone else is posting. That’s why we’ve created the Colored Pencil Techniques for Beginners post for yourself, so we can guide you step by step.
Colored Pencils or Coloring Pencils come in different sizes, colors and shapes. First you don’t need any fancy Colored Pencils, you can pick up any Colored Pencils and begin practicing the different techniques in this post. If you’re stuck you can always refer to the video below for direction on how to apply the different Colored Pencil Techniques.
You don’t even need any special paper, just pick up a piece of blank paper or even a Coloring Page if you have it. Make it easy for yourself as that’s the best way for you to learn.
Colored Pencil Techniques for Beginners #1: Hatching/Directional
Directional Lines or Hatching as it’s often known, is simple straight line. By spacing out the white space between the lines, you can achieve a different effect.
Colored Pencil Techniques for Beginners #2: Cross Hatching
Cross Hatching starts off with directional lines. Next, another layer of lines is added on top in the opposite direction.
Colored Pencil Techniques for Beginners #3: Up and Down
Up and down lines are similar to the the directional lines, but when it’s applied, the pencil doesn’t leave the paper. This zig-zag effect is quicker when it comes to coloring and creates a more even finish.
Colored Pencil Techniques for Beginners #4: Layering
When you apply multiple layers of a Colored Pencil, it builds up on the surface in layers. This is why it’s called layering. In this case, we’ve built up 2 layers of the Colored Pencil using the Up and Down technique in the opposite direction. It almost looks like a tight cross hatching technique.
Watch the Video below: