I saw a comment today in a coloring book pages facebook group from a beginner to coloring who was feeling frustrated. She had a ton of coloring books and coloring supplies, but didn’t know how to use them, or even where to start. This is not a surprise! If you’re new to something, you can’t expect to dive right in and make masterpieces.
First, you can go to youtube and find a scadzillion tutorials on how to color.
But sometimes people have a hard time connecting what they see/hear on a video to their own hands and eyes.
I’m including three really nice examples for the limited color-use idea here.
When you just start out playing with color it can be pretty overwhelming. It’s like trying to learn a language and not even knowing how to say hello.
So here is a way to start without having to worry about a million colors and what to do and where to put them!
Here’s what to do:
Pick three pens or pencils of the same color, or in two friendly colors – like yellow and gree in Dawn’s example. You’ll want to pick a light, a medium and a dark.
In Danieli’s example, she chose 3 blues and a beautifully contrasting yellow,orange combo to make the blues sing.
Use the dark one on the parts of the design you might want to look like they recede, or be a part of the background.
Use the medium one for some of the parts that you want to stand out, but not be a part of the foreground.
Use the lightest color for the parts that you want to highlight.
These examples are from very complex designs, but they are beautifully unified by using such a limited range of colors. (You can check out Jaki’s work at colourfulwitch.blogspot.com)
Using only 3 colors in the same color line is a lot simpler than using a whole range of color, and will help you feel more comfortable and less nervous.
Hope that helps.