1. Pressing too hard with either the pencil or a pen
If you put too much pressure on a felt tip pen, the nib will break down faster and cause increased feathering in your picture. If you press too hard on a pencil, you decrease the number of layers you can create and cause a ‘waxy bloom’ prematurely. And, if you press too hard with a gel pen, it will cause a white line to appear.
2. Note angle of wrist
As you know, when you write, you sit down and it is normally at about a 45-degree angle to the page. And most of us sit down to color in the same manneras you write. This is fine for writing, but not for coloring. In adult coloring, it exists various techniques, and this being one of them. Hold your pen/cil at a 90-degree angle to the paper. It prevents over bending of the wrist as well as makes it harder to press too hard. Also, if using a marker or pen, you will find you have much better control over the ink than at a 45-degree angle. Think of it like an ergonomic keyboard. They move the keyboard so your wrist is straight, decreasing pressure on the wrist joint. When you use a drafting table, you will find that your wrist will naturally go to the 90-degree angle and NOT the 45. Try it. It works!
3. Color Clash
To make the colors flow together and not be "clash", take the lightest color and layer it on the darker color. The colors will then suddenly match! I’ve discovered quite a few beautiful colors using this technique.
4. Staying In The Lines
If you are having a difficult time with ink staying in the lines, try using a black gel pen to trace the lines. It creates a little barrier and the ink won’t spread!
5. Gel Pen Flow
If you find that your pen is not flowing as it should, do not press harder on it, this can cause ink blots and ruin your art piece. Instead, do "stippling". Stippling is an art technique where you ‘dot’ the picture with ink. Tap the pen on a piece of paper until you get the desired ink flow you want. It works most of the time, but you still get dry pens sometimes.
In adult coloring, you can find many different techniques and you will constantly learn something new. The key to success is not to rush, spend some time to master one technique and then start to learn a new one. I hope you liked this little tip, have fun coloring everything that you like right now.
6. Tutorial Flowers Fairy with Chameleon pens by Sophie
* Chameleon pens:
The Chameleon Pen is made up of two parts:
– The pen in itself with 2 different tips (fine point for details and brush point for larger surfaces)
– The diffusion chamber
In this close-up picture, the device which makes possible to obtain the gradation is observable : it allows to bring the point of the pen into contact with that of the diffusion chamber which temporarily “discolors” the pen.
Note: It is necessary to modulate the contact time according to the size of the surface to be colored.
* Tutorial Flowers Fairy:
Step 1: To color evenly from the clear area to the colored area.
Step 2: The petals more shaded, located in the middle of the drawing.
Step 3: Add gradations on the petals of the waterlily that need it.
Gradations make it possible to reproduce colors and natural effects.
Step 4: With the same technique, draw the gradations on the stem and the stamens.
The stamens use yellow Chameleon Pen.
Step 5: Color the character in the normal way. Draw the gradation of the flower in her hair. Attention this cute flower is very small ! Be precise and thorough.
Finally, color the dragonfly according to the same technique … and here is Fairy Flowers is finished !
I think that thanks to the Chameleon Pens, this artwork is very pretty, with bright colors and realistic contrast.