Coloring with Premier Colored Pencils
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The adult coloring book craze has proved itself to be an enduring popular trend among individuals of all artistic skill-levels. Initially emerging in the U.K. several years ago, the trend made its way across the pond and is now considered a common way for people to unwind from the stresses of everyday life.

Many individuals who partake in adult coloring are looking for high-quality coloring tools to take their artwork to the next level, like Prismacolor Premier® Soft Core Colored Pencils.

These colored pencils are used by professional artists and illustrators because they allow for subtle shading and blending that adds realism and lifelike dimension to artwork.

Experienced colorists and budding artists alike can really show off their experimental side, creating new colors by blending different shades together.

And you don’t have to be a professional to master these basic techniques.

Here’s a few tips to get you inspired.

First, make a few copies of the illustration you want to color. These will serve as practice sheets, or scratch paper. Use them to test out color schemes or blending techniques before you start your final piece.

And even if you do start off on the wrong foot, colored pencils are very forgiving. If you start coloring a space and decide you want to change it, that new color you lay over it just might add some wonderful, unexpected depth. Or, try coloring over the area with a white colored pencil. The white pigment can help cover the impacted area and help you start afresh.

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Experiment with a variety of different coloring techniques. Blending, shading, dots. Or cross-hatched lines for a new twist. Don’t feel obligated to fill the space with solid color.

Test out colors beforehand so you know exactly what shade you are working with. Grab a separate piece of paper and perfect the correct shade. Find three colors that work well together, and make your own swatches for future reference.

Colored pencils with "soft cores" tend to be more forgiving, letting you add bold color gradually by applying varying amounts of pressure. They offer rich pigments so your colors are more vivid on paper.

Color from the outside and work your way in to stay inside the lines. Read about color theory. Use complementary colors.

Think outside the box!

Tools used: Prismacolor Premier® Soft Core Colored Pencils, Prismacolor Premier® Pencil Blender