Bring out your crayons!

I don´t think I have ever liked crayons, not even as a child. I always prefered felt tip pens, with those bright, vivid, colors. But of course I must have been using crayons as a kid, even if I can´t remember it, and I still have a box with cheap ones, that just lays unloved, in a drawer. I would never have thought I could use them in the coloring books, until Laura Rafferty did a video on her Youtube-channel, where she did a fantastic coloring with just crayons!

crayon-mermaid-laurarafferty

And here you can see how she did it:

May Brox also did a fantastic coloring, with crayons, on her channel recently:

I still have not tried my own crayons, but I think I have to do it someday, even if I´m sure my result will not be this good… And I have seen that she has inspired some people already (check out the #crayolacrayonschallenge on Instagram).

Laura wanted to show that it´s not the tools that makes the art, it´s the artist (but as I´m not totally convinced I´ve just ordered another set of pencils 😉

Anyhow, I found some more inspiration for you, if you want to give your crayons a try.

Look at the fantastic masterpieces that Don Marco has done with just children´s crayons:

https://www.facebook.com/themastercrayonartist/?__tn__=HHH-R

And here is a cool tips, if you want the crayon-pages to look almost like if they had been colored with markers:

In this video you can see the artist Lena Danya, drawing an realistic Eye with crayons:

Here you can see Jennifer Stay, from Coloring Bliss on Youtube, trying out crayons, and different ways of blending them (I definately have to try petroleum jelly!)

And here is Coloring Queen doing a beautiful mandala with crayons:

I have no idea if you can use this heat-technique in the coloring books, but maybe I have to try, because it looks so cool!

And because I love to color Galaxies, I am happy to see that you can make Beautiful Galaxies with crayons aswell:

So bring out the inner Child in you, and start using your cheap crayons again!

 

 

Martina´s background school, step 5-7

Here Martina Brisegård continues her great tutorial of how she did this beautiful background in Magical Jungle, with colored pencils.

(Here you can find step 1-4 of the tutorial, if you missed it!)

Step 5: Should you color from light to dark or from dark to light?

It’s up to you!

I have tried both, for me dark to light is easier for some reason. You need to try and see what works for you.

Soft, light layers are a must when beginning, simply because it’s easier to erase and/or color over.

See where you are going first, find where the transitions should be, then go in a little harder.

In general most parts of the background should be covered with at least three shades.

Yes it will take a while and you will need time and patience!!!

Use sharp pencils, for several reasons, not just light layers.

It’s easier to get into all the little spaces between details.

You will be able to fill the little grains in the paper, the tooth of the paper, better if you have a smaller and pointier tip.

And as I have said backgrounds are not difficult they just take time, practice and patience.

If you lack a bit with that last one, I will give you this advice, write down and/or photograph the pencils you are using and in which order. And make a note when you put the page you are working on away. Otherwise you might make a bit of a mess of things when you begin again with the wrong shade….

I encourage taking breaks, work on some details on another page a while, make a cup of tea, take a walk. When I color a background I tend to want to quit at least three times, then again I do that when I color endless amounts of leaves as well 😂

Here are a few more helpful tips that I discovered as I began to color the next little lesson. Even little videoclips!!! 😮

Line up all the pencils you are going to use in order, this will make things alot easier.

It’s a good thing to take a picture of them or write down which ones you use.

When I have finished with one color I move them to the other side of an object, just to keep track of where I am. Because when you work on a background it will take time and you will need a break now and again.

If you are coloring with Polychromos or another brand of pencils that can be erased rather easily one of these erasers are invaluble!!!

Your Kladdpapper can be used in several ways, as a guideline to judge how far down a color should go. So you color equally far down on both sides.

Or to rest your hand upon so you don’t smudge parts that you have already colored. Especially if you tend to do like me and turn your book around now and then.

I filmed a bit here, because I discovered something. I got a question about which way the strokes should go. In big areas and especially in the first layer of a color I tend to just swish my pencil lightly back and forth.

Note how far back my grip is on the pencil and the angle of the pencil against the paper.

But when coloring in smaller spaces and when I need to be more precise in later layers, I color in small circles, just to avoid leaving any strokes.

Take pictures of your progress it’s an excellent way to see if you have missed a spot somewhere or if your coloring is uneven.

But at an early stage like this it doesn’t really matter.

Step 6: Step 6 – Polychromos or a similar pencil.

Okay let’s get to it!

You have now picked a good page to begin with, have decided which pencils and colors to use and you have practiced light layers and pencil angles and you have a ”kladdpapper” right? 😁

Otherwise go back to Step 1-5

This will be the first layer of colors, it took me about three hours in two sittings. I don’t know if I’m fast or slow, but I thought it could be helpful for you to know.

I actually began at the bottom with the lightest yellow color, because that is the way some people say you should do it. But….then I just did it the way I usually do instead.

At least with Polychromos.

It is because I find it easier to know where to end with a color than where to begin if that makes sense? Also because I know that I tend to use the lightest color over a very large area, blending the darker colors together. So to me it makes more sense to begin with the darkest that only covers a little area. But you need to find your own way.

Be a bit careful how far back you fade in a color if your selection of colors span over all primary colors, for example like me, from purple to pink to orange and then yellow.

Since purple has blue in it and warm pink (salmon) and orange have yellow tones. Blue + yellow = green. It might make a mess of things.

Since more colors are involved in between it might just look a bit dirty or muddy.

Because mixing all the three primary colors (red + yellow + blue) will create a brown/grey color.

You probably remember that from when you where a kid playing with water colors. The water you dipped your brush in eventually became brown right?

But that is a side note.

So, let us begin!

These are my colors of choice this time, I like to play with several different shades, makes it less boring when you can switch colors often.

Inspiration? One part, the sun setting outside my window, I had to add the yellow/orange at the bottom (behind the trees)

Like I said I began the way you are supposed to, but then I changed my mind. It is a good idea thou, to consider how big sections each color group should have. Yellowbased up to the branch, pinkbased around the birds, purple on top.

So then I took my darkest color and began softly at the top, you can always go back and add more color, it’s harder to remove it so go easy at first.

About this far for now.

Coloring with the next pencil in order, all the way from the top, over the first pencil and fade out at the bottom.

Third pencil, yes all the way from the top and then a bit further down than the previous one. Don’t worry if it’s a little uneven at this stage, we will fix that during Step 7

When the color begins to shift into the next, this one is slightly more pink than purple, leave a centimeter or two at the top, basically where you colored with the furst pencil.

Now I softly colored a bigger section with this next color, I recommend to begin in the middle and fade up over the other colors but stopping where the colors begin to shift too much and fade down as far as looks good to you.

The same thing here, but with this pencil I colored a little harder out in the edges and softer around the birds, that is to create a bit of a horizon bend of the light.

Moving further down. And here is where I took a break and actually continued the next day.

This next color is my last true pink, the next tone will have more yellow in it. So it will cover a large area, from over the birds heads down to the branch and you will be tempted to stop at the branch (or something else dividing your picture) but don’t! Add a little bit below the branch to bind the areas together.

Sometimes it’s easier to see and to get into certain areas if you flip your book around.

Soft, light layers, in a circular motion, look at the little videoclip in Step 5 if you don’t know what I mean.

So this pencil covered an area from where the pencil is to right below the branch.

Now here is another pencil change where you need to be careful. Oh and do you see what I see???

I have missed a spot!!!

There now this pencil only covered 3-4 centimeters right above and below the branch.

The yellow and orange tones are quite colorful so it’s really important to have a light touch.

See what I mean??? You can easily see where the new color is added, and the goal in this type of background is no visable edges…so be careful.

Right now you can clearly see the orange edge above the branch, it will blend in later thou.

Only two pencils left, or one actually since I have already used the lightest one. So this one goes up just above the branch and then down almost to the bottom. At the last 1-2 centimetres there will only be one shade.

Even a soft layer makes a big differenc

And then I adjusted the bottom by adding a little more of the lightest yellow.

Step 7: And we are here Step 7 yay!!!!

Right now it’s sweltering HOT in Sweden so coloring in the shade is just about the only activity you can do without turning into a little puddle of sweat. Had to take breaks now and then so from the second picture to the last it took 4 hours.

Anyways, now we have done our base layer of colors and can move on to covering the little gaps and creating deeper colors.

Here you can adjust the width of the different colors, sometimes even leaving a color or two out of the mix.

I had some trouble with the transition from purple to pink, I blame the heat!!!

Next time I think I will do a background with Prismas, since that technique is a little different, at least the way I use them. But first I need a break…and a dip in the pool 😉

So this is where we left off in step 6!

Now use the same small circle technique and you can even have the same light pressure. Reverse your cicles now and again thou.

Begin at the top and adjust how far down you will go. I chose to add a little more of thd darkest purple this time.

This is also a way to keep track of which pencil to use next.

Begin up where you still see little white spots and color softly down and fade out.

Don’t forget the little spots to the sides. Here I adjusted them slightly and made them a bit darker.

So color from here where the paper shows thru…

…down to about here where the colors shift.

Like that. And use your trusty Kladdpapper as a line referens and protection of the picture under your hand.

Working your way down over the page.

See, a light soft layer makes a rather big difference!

After this Middle purple pink I was a little indecisive so instead of picking the next pink color I skipped down to the more salmoncolored one.

And worked my way up from the branch instead. And slightly below it. This is because I didn’t want to risk mixing cold pink with the warm and strong orange.

Then I went back and filled the gap between with the remaining two pink colors. Working from the bottom up.

So I guess this just was a judgement call, you will get the hang of it and find your own little tricks.

So now the top part is done!

Below the branch I skipped the orange pencil all together, feeling that one layer was just enough. Added a bit more of the darker yellow.

Martina’s background school, step 1-4

My coloring friend Martina Brisegård recently published such amazing tutorial, on how to do a beautiful background with colored pencils, in Johanna Basford Your pages Facebook-group. I know that this is something that many people are scared of trying, and I know that many people have questions about backgrounds. So I asked Martina if I could publish her tut0rial here aswell, and she kindly said yes.

Martina’s background, in Magical Jungle:

MARTINA’S BACKGROUND SCHOOL:

Step 1: Pick the right page for you and form a plan.

Step 2: Someone asked if it mattered which pencils they used. I have done a little test and it doesn’t really matter, but it is easier with Polys or Prismas and the more expensive pencils have stronger pigments and a bit deeper color.

I would advice you to find a range of at least six shades. My test is done with eight colors, because the more shades of the same color the smoother it will look.

But I also did it with four and two, just to show what I mean.

Find a white sheet of paper and play around with the pencils you have and try to find which ones work best for you.Test them like I have tested mine.

Look at the first picture, the left column is not blended at all, in the right column I have shaded the colors into eachother. That is the look we are going for.

When you know which set to use, try to find the right shades for your picture.

Looking at the names of the pencils might help. With Polychromos there is an advantage there are whole series of colors with a common name. For example: in the yellow/orange section there is Cadmium, in the blue/green section there is Phthalo etc.

Ergosoft, Crayola, Polychromos, Luminance and Prismacolor Premier.

Eight shades between light yellow and deep red. (Seven in the case of Luminance because there isn’t a dark red shade that fit in.)

Lightly color with the light red from the bottom up. Go softly in the beginning, it’s always easier to add a bit more than to try to remove it. Especially if you color with Prismas.

Now add a soft layer of orange and try not to leave any straight edges.

Go in a little harder with the yellow. Don’t be afraid of blending with the lightest shade down over several of the darker.

And finally go back up with the darkest shade, smoothing out the edges.

Can you do it with just four or two shades??? Well…yes sort of, but not with the same results…

Trying to blend two shades that are pretty far away from eachother will be harder and will take alot of work.

Make it easier on yourself and pick at least six shades, if nothing else it’s less boring coloring a background when you can change color a little more often. And you don’t wear out your pencils so fast 😉

I did this quick little test with just four colors here. Just to show the gist of it.

The lightest yellow, a medium orange, the lightest red and the deepest red.

Prismacolor premier
Luminance
Polychromos
Crayola
Ergosoft

Step 3: (that perhaps should have been added before step 2) Step 3

A question from a few followers, How to pick the right colors?

Well there are several ways:

– Look for inspiration color charts, there are such albums here in the group or maybe on instagram or pintrest.

– Use a color wheel, you can buy one on Amazon.

Shades that lie next to eachother in a color wheel are easy to blend. Yellow-orange-red, red-purple-blue, blue-green-yellow etc.

– Find a photo with a lovely background, maybe a sunset, and use a color finding app to pick out the right pencils. I sometimes use one called Colored Pencil Picker.

– Ask for some elses combination, I mean any good combination of colors can be used on a background, just your imagination that sets the limit.

Or my own personal favorite:

-Trial and error. I’m going to teach you a Swedish word, because I can’t find the right one in English ”kladdpapper” I’ll show you what that looks like below.

Have you found your colors yet?

Kladdpapper – a sheet of paper that you test your colorcombos on. This one is new and rather well organized, usually it’s alot messier 😉

Gather all your pencils in one color, I picked pink this time, arrange them from light to dark as good as you can. Color a little with each and then cross out and remove the pencils that looks most out of place.

Do that until you have your selection.

See if you can blend them together.

I ended up with these four this time. Can be used to color a flower, a curtain or a background.

Trying to find a color to bind the light red violet to the delft blue.

Is there one color that can do that job?

Not really but two or three might do it. But actually the crimson pencil looks better at the end….

And the two top most colors where rather similar. So I play around and eventually end up with colors that I like. There is no right or wrong.

And your kladdpapper will just become more colorful. 😊

Colored Pencil Picker, but there are other such apps out there, just find one that works for you.

Step 4: This one is short and a bit similar to Step two, I even borrowed the same pencils, but you can use colors of your choice if you like. You can even use an ordinary lead pencil to practice with.

What you need to practice is how to fade in and out the different colors. Look at picture #3

This will help with everything you color, not just backgrounds. I rarely use blenders, I prefer to use one of the lighter colors to seal the gaps so to speak.

The trick is to color in a way so that you can’t really tell exactly where one shade ends and another begins. This takes a light hand, practice and most of all patience.

Begin simple with just a little column of the colors you have chosen. Then practice on a little bigger area.

If you struggle with coloring too hard then I have a few tips:

– Sharpen your pencils, a pointy lead breaks more easily and therefor you are forced to apply less pressure.

– Angle your pen more and don’t hold on to it so close to the point. The further back you hold the softer your touch will be.

To color the column on the right, I have basically done this, just in one column and not eight.

Move back your grip on the pencil, angle it more and use a sharp point for a lighter layer.

Go to step 5-7 here!

 

#theHK5project

Maybe you already know everything about this Hanna Karlzon Community-Project, but if not, you can read this text!

The idea came from Becci (Becciz color escape). She wanted to do something big, that involved a lot of people in the coloring Community. For fun, and for getting closer together.

Here is the stream when she revealed the Project:

Her idea is, that we together, as community, finish Hanna Karlzon´s five first books (not including her latest book, Soulmates, that many people have not been able to buy yet), during june and july. It´s like a ”sending-a-book-around”-thing, but instead of sending a physical copy of the books around, people are now going to color a page in their own copy of the book/books, and when they are finished with their page, they send a photo of it to the host, who puts together a video with all the finished Pictures in the end.

I think this is a better way, even if i LOVE ”sending-a-book-around”-projects (I have been part of four different sending-around-books earlier, but unfortunately ALL of them ended up in disaster after a while…..)

Becci involved four other Youtube-channels in this Project, and we are hosting one book each. Becci herself hosts Summernights. I host Seasons coloring book, on my Passionistacolorista Youtube-channel, Skyee (Dream in Color) hosts Daydreams,  Honor (Honor your Crafts) hosts Magical Dawn and Sammie (Colour & chat with Sammie) hosts Jewelry box

We all let our subscribers pick pages, during our streams this weekend, so right now all of the books are filled. BUT if you have one, ore more, of the books, and didn´t get a page, you can sign up to our back-up-list! Because if someone tells us that they will not be able to finish their page in time (deadline 28 July), we will need to get in touch with someone else who can do that page, maybe on short notice (but if you are on the list, and get a question to do a page, you always have the right to say no).

Here is the great BACK-UP-LIST, that Sammie did, just click the link and write in your name. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Fe41GUkfyHhv6rPa4fMcefxlPd3GrSVgN_VHETaFY-M/edit

IF you already have got a page, in any of the books, please email the host, when your page is finished, so we can put together all pages! (It can be good to email us right away, so we know how to get in contact with you, during this Project!) And if you post WIP:s or finished pictures on social media, please tagg them #theHK5project so we can find them, and follow the process!

And when you take a photo of your finished picture, take the picture from above, in good light! Or try one of the scanner-apps that exists (I have personally not tried them, but apperantly they´re great at lining up the picture right!)

Becci @becciz_color_escape
YT – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbg…
Book – Summer nights
EMAIL:  becciz.color.escape@gmail.com

Sammie – @colourandchatwithsammie
YT –  https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSammiejw
Book – The Jewelry Box
EMAIL:  colourandchatwithsammie@outlook.com

Honor – @honoryourcrafts19
YT – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ4o…
Book – Magical Dawn
EMAIL: honoryourcrafts30@gmail.com

Skyee @dream._in._color
YT – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKVr…
Book – Daydreams
EMAIL:   kiss.me.goodbyee@gmail.com

Isabell @passionistacolorista
YT – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtXl…
Book – Seasons
EMAIL:  Isabell.vestermark@gmail.com

If you want to hear more about Becci, and the idea behind this Project, you can listen to my latest podcast-episode:

https://passionistacolorista.podbean.com/e/45-bringing-the-community-together-and-thehk5project-with-thehk5project/

Personally I have two pages, right now, in this Project. The first winter-page in Seasons (it´s been a WIP for a long time, so I really want to finish it…) and this girl/bird-page in Daydreams.

winterpage        bird

The best list ever of gold-combinations!

Queen Bee complete 🧡I’ve used lots of different pencils on this page.....Polychromos for the orange, Pablos for the turquoise, Derwent Artists for the frame and Derwent Drawing for the background!
Thank you to @elinwallgren83 for the background suggestion ❤️
#ritaberman @rita.berman #dieweltunterderlupezulande #ritabermancoloringbooks #adultcolouring #adultcolouringbook #fabercastell #polychromos #carandachepablo #derwentartists #derwentdrawing #ilovecolouring 12/52
This gold is done by @jens_colouring, with Derwent Artist. 

The list of pencil-combinations here is a mix of the ones I´ve already written about (Gold, with colored pencils), and new ones, collected by my dear coloring friend @florabythesea  . She asked her followers on Instagram to share their favourite pencil-combinations for gold, and she got some great new combos to try out!

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@ansy_mel
– Prismacolor

Cream
Goldenrod
Sienna brown
Black
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@carinajoh64 

Cream
Dark naples ochre
Light yellow ochre
Brown ochre
Burnt sienna
Walnut brown

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@rekacolour
– Polychromos

Burnt sienna
Burnt ochre
Light yellow ochre

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@_hesper
– Prismacolor

Cream
Jasmine
Sand
Yellow ochre
Goldenrod
Burnt ochre
Chocolate
Add spanish orange for some shine!

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@colouringblunder
– Prismacolor

Sand
Artichoke
Green ochre

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@putsomecolortoit
– Polychromos

Dark naples ochre
Brown ochre
Burnt sienna

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Credit unknown
– Prismacolor

Sand
Yellow ochre
Brown ochre
Sienna brown

 

——————————————–
Ann-Kathrin Stuhe

Cream
Canary yellow
Burnt ochre
Terra cotta

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Credit unknown:
– Prismacolor

Cream
Canary yellow
Golden rod
Bronze

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@luca_guidi_coloring
– Polychromos

Light yellow glaze
Green gold
Brown ochre
Raw umber
Walnut brown

– AND –

Cadmium yellow
Cadmium orange
Green gold
Olive green yellowish
Burnt ochre
Walnut brown
Black

——————————————–
@luca_guidi_coloring
– Prismacolor

Deco yellow
Canary yellow
Yellow ochre
Golden rod
Artichoke
Sienna brown
Sepia

——————————————–
@mjaurimakes
– Polychromos

Cadmium yellow (107)
Green gold (208)
Burnt ochre (187)
Burnt sienna (283)
Dark indigo (157)

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@jens_colouring
– Polychromos

Naples yellow (185)
Dark naples ochre (184)
Light yellow ochre (183)
Burnt sienna (283)

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@jens_colouring
– Derwent artist

Straw yellow (0500)
Gold (0300)
Gurnt sienna (6200)
Mahogany (6150)

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@groovity
– Polychromos

Dark naples ochre
Burnt sienna
Black

——————————————–
@colorfulcluttereddesk
– Polychromos

Cream
Cadmium yellow
Sanguine
Black

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Credit unknown
– Polychromos

Cream
Naples yellow
Green gold
Bistre
Walnut brown

——————————————–
Caroline @wik_coloring 
– Polychromos

Light Yellow ochre (183)
Burnt Ochre (187)
Walnut brown (179)
Black (199)

– AND –

Cadmium yellow (107)
Dark cadmium ochre (115)
Caput mortuum (169)
Black (199)

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@matildasysteryster
– Pablo + Polychromos

Golden ochre (Pablo)
Indian red (Pablo)
Raw umber (Polychromos)

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@ojkipopart
– Polychromos

Cadmium yellow
Orange glaze
Burnt Sienna
Black

——————————————–
@colouranchchatwithsammie
– Polychromos

Naples yellow
Light yellow ochre
Brown ochre
Burnt ochre

Antique gold:
– Prismacolor

Canary Yellow (916)
Yellow Ochre (942)
Metallic Gold (950)
Cream (915)
Black (935)
Goldenrod (1034)

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Wendy Danko (Youtube)
– Polychromos

White
Olive green yellowish
Burnt sienna
Green gold

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Pam Proctor (Youtube)
– Polychromos

White
Cadmium yellow
burnt ochre
Raw umber
Walnut brown

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@jazz_funk
– Polychromos

Yellow gold:
Cadmium yellow
Dark naples ochre
Burnt ochre
Raw umber
Walnut brown (och dark umber)

Antique gold:
177 walnut brown
180 raw umber
184 dark naples ochre
101 white

——————————————–
@alwayscoloring
– Polychromos

Muted gold:
Cream
Ligth yellow ochre
Raw umber
Van Dyck-Brown

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Colouring Frances (Youtube)
– Polychromos

Light yellow glaze
Light cadmium yellow
Naples yellow
Dark naples ochre
Raw umber
Walnut brown

——————————————–
@coloringmaja
– Holbein

Naples yellow
Yellow ochre
Brown ochre
Burnt Sienna

——————————————–
Color my world (Youtube)
– Prismacolor

Canary yellow
Golden rod
Light umber
Metallic gold
Indigo blue
White

——————————————–
Leasha Loves (Youtube)
– Prismacolor

White
Black
Lemon yellow
Sand
Yellow ochgre
Light umber

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Colour with Claire
– Prismacolor

Dark Umber
Burnt ochre
Goldenrod
Yellow ochre
Lemon yellow

– Polychromos

Walnut brown
Burnt ochre
Yellow ochre
Dark naples ochre
Naples yellow
Light cadmium yellow

——————————————–
Colouring Frances (Youtube)
– Prismacolor

Dark brown
Yellow ochre
Canary yellow
Deco yellow
Light umber

——————————————–
Art@Fadil (Youtube)
– Prismacolor + Polychromos

Sand (Prismacolor)
Golden rod (Prismacolor)
Light umber (Prismacolor)
Indigo blue (Prismacolor)
Raw umber (Prismacolor)
Black (Polychromos)

——————————————–
Colouring Frances (Youtube)
– Luminance

Bismuth yellow
Golden bismuth yellow
Yellow ochre
Green ochre
Olive brown

——————————————–
Vitruvian art (Youtube)
– Polychromos

Cream
Dark naples ochre
Burnt ochre
Burnt sienna

——————————————–
@passionistacolorista
– Pablo

Canary yellow
Golden ochre
Brown ochre
Umber

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Malin Holmberg
– Prismacolor

Cold gold:
Cream
Deco yellow
Sunburst yellow
Bronze
Green ochre

Warm gold:
Eggshell
Jasmine
Yellow ochre
70% French grey
90% French grey

(I interviewed Malin about how she colors gold in my swedish podcast:
https://malarbokspodden.podbean.com/e/21-mala-guld/)

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Valentines- and cat-freebies!

I know that Pinterest is filled with beautiful pictures, and lineart, but you can’t always be sure the illustrator actually want the picture to be out there, for free.

Luckily, a lot of illustrators are very generous with offering freebies from time to time. Mostly you will find their freebies on their webpages or on Instagram or on their pages on Facebook.

I have seen that a lot of illustrators have done special pictures for Valentine’s day right now! Most of them are for sale, but some are free, and in this post I will tell you about the freebies I know about at the moment!

And because I’m hosting a cat color along on Instagram in February (#cozycatalong) I will also show you some cat-freebies I’ve found, that you can use, if you want to join my color along, but don’t find any cat in your books.

Maybe you have seen this picture before? It’s a freebie from Masja van den Berg, that also is a color along on Instagram, so I have seen so many beautiful versions already! My printer is not working at the moment, so I just admire these pictures from a distance right now, but if you have a printer that actually work, you can find the freebie on Masja’s webpage:

https://masjavandenberg.nl/color-along/

This is a Valentines- (and cat!) freebie from Jen Katz (@katzundtatz), that you can find a link to on her Instagram-page.

This heart, made by Johanna Basford, for Enchanted forest, is still available as freebie on her webpage!

This one you can find on Mariola Budek’s Facebookpage, just scroll down a bit! (It was when I tried to print this cutie, my printer gave up 😢)

This is a New freebie from the illustrator of the new coloring book Mysteria; Anastasia Elly Koldareva. You can find this, and her other freebies, on her webpage.

The illustrator Edwina Mc Namee is generous with freebies, for example this one. You will find them all on her Facebookpage.

Another very generous illustrator is Konstantinos Liaramantzas, who has a lot of freebies on his Facebook-page, more than one with cats!

And today I saw this on Instagram! It’s a page drawn by Bianca State (@crayoniverse) , and offered as a freebie! You can find it here.

And last, a freebie from the illustrator Mardel Rubio, that you can find on his Facebook-page. If you want to color this picture now in February, you actually can join a color along on Instagram, hosted by Andreia Dionisio (@and_dionisio)

And remember to always give cred to the illustrator when you are uploading your WIP:s and finished pictures on Instagram and Facebook!

And if you wonder how to do to join an Instagram color along, I have done a tuturial on youtube:

Happy coloring!

Isabell

Ness Butler’s amazing christmas coloring!

Every day I see extraordinary pictures, colored of you amazing colorista artists! One of those pictures is this, colored by Ness Butler (@forestlovecolouring) When I saw it, in Johanna Basford Your Pages group I was speechless! So I asked Ness how on earth she has made it! And she kindly sent me these pictures, so we can see the process, to share with you all! Merry christmas!