Discover five popular pencil crayon coloring techniques. Use these when doodling in an adult coloring book or incorporate them into your next drawing project.
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The most popular method for coloring is the shading method. For this method it is best to use a pencil crayon that is slightly duller. Simply hold your colored pencil at an angle and start coloring in a back and forth motion, covering up any white areas of your paper. Press harder or lighter with your pencil crayon to create different intensities of color.
For the hatching method, you will want to use a very sharp colored pencil. Using the tip of your pencil crayon, draw a series of parallel lines, lifting up your pencil crayon each time as you draw your next line. The closer you put your lines together the darker they will appear to be, the further they are the lighter they will be.
Cross Hatching Method
The cross hatching method is very similar to the hatching method. Again you will need a sharp pencil crayon for this. Start by drawing a series of parallel lines with the tip of your pencil crayon, just like in the hatching method. Next, add more parallel lines on top of your first lines but going in another direction, essentially criss-crossing your lines. Again, the closer you put your lines together the darker they will appear to be, the further they are the lighter they will be. You can create some interesting textures with this method.
For the stippling method you can experiment with either a sharper or duller pencil crayon to get different effects. Using the tip of your pencil crayon, start drawing dots on your paper. The closer you place your dots together the darker the area will appear to be, the further they are the lighter they will be.
You can additionally use a colorless blender pencil to enhance your drawings. First, put some color down on your paper with your pencil crayons. Next, simply color over with your colorless blender to intensify the colors as well as smooth out and soften any edges.
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