Sunday, July 12, 2015

Color Layering

I've had several people tell me how much they love the way that I colored  the cat from this POST so I thought I would show you how it's done.

I use a technique called colour layering. It's actually very simple when working on this type of drawing. Let's get started.

Three Elephants Coloured

Colour Layering

I used three different coloured markers. Fuchsia, peacock blue and yellow.

Colouring Layer Number OneI started with my favorite colour - the pink marker.

I applied the colour by making dots. 

I varied the density of the dots to create dark and light areas.

The pink covers the majority of the designs because I am using it as the base colour.

Colouring Technique steps three an four.I next added yellow to the flower outline borders. I didn't take a picture of this step because it is pretty basic solid colouring.

The third step is to add the blue to the flowers the same way as the pink was applied. This is called stippling.

*** Stippling is the creation of a pattern simulating varying degrees of solidity or shading by using small dots.***

Notice by overlapping the blue marker onto the pink will purple areas are created.

Completed Coloured ElephantRemember the intensity of the colour depends on the density of the dots.

The fourth step is add yellow. This colour is not stippled. It is added by drawing making light swirls on top of the pink and blue areas.

This fourth step actually creates green and orange areas and makes the whole picture pop.

Three Elephants completely coloured

So what do you think? Easy enough?

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Bye for now. Wishing you the best, Darlene

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  1. It's bedtime here but now all I want to do is tryout your technique! I find coloring so soothing and relaxing. Thanks for the tip, Darlene.

  2. Wow, that's pretty! If it's relaxing, I want to try, too :) Thanks for linking up at What Are You Doing? Blog Hop!

    1. I find it very relaxing and you should give it a try. :)

  3. Wow never thought to color like that! Plus you don't need to have many colors available. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yep. You just need the primary colors. Works out quite nicely.

  4. SO pretty! :) I love this technique...and I love to color!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  5. Yet another fun and creative project, You are so creative!!! Thank you so much for sharing it on our Bowdabra Saturday Crafty Showcase!!!

    1. Thanks Sandy. I look forward to your Crafty Showcase each week.

  6. When browsing through the link up your post caught my eye immediately. I never had a name for this style of coloring nor realized that it was a technique. Thanks for sharing. Grab that new badge because you will be one of my features this week on the Beautifully Creative Inspired Link Up!