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Pearl Beads Contest by Nadiya Vasilkova

So today, on the deadline day, I finally finished the colouring! It took me a long time to finish this one. I wanted to do something completely different, which made it also very difficult. I enjoyed colourig a face, something I’ve never done before. I think it came out nicely. Here is my little mermaid: Continue reading “Pearl Beads Contest by Nadiya Vasilkova”

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Nebulae and more

I’ve always had a thing for space stuff. I love to look up to the sky at night and try to recognize some constellations. So when I was experimenting with my new watercolours I tried to paint a nebula. A nebula is an instellar cloud and are often star-forming regions. In these regions the formations of gas, dust, and other materials “clump” together to form denser regions, which attract further matter, and eventually will become dense enough to form stars. The densest nebulae can have densities of 10,000 molecules per cubic centimeter (or sometimes even more)*. So it’s pretty dense, I think.

My favorite colour is purple, so it wasn’t very hard to decide which colour the nebula was going to be. I looked up some reference pics and decided to create a pink, blue and purple nebula.

I grabbed some aquarel paper and sprayed it with water. I used lots of water to create this one. With a very wet brush I added layers of pink, blue and purple. The water mixed the colours and when I thought it looked nice I dried it with a hairdryer. Then I added another layer, and so on, until I tought it looked finished. The colours looked very dull to me, so I tried to brighten them up by adding a layer of Caran d’Ache Neocolors. The colours became a lot brighter and more intense. For the stars I used a white watercolour, but the white isn’t very opaque in contrary to the other colours in the set. I had to add about 5 layers of white on each dot. In total it took about 3 hours to make this one. The left one is the finished one. The right one is edited, since I wanted to add even more stars.

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I think it looks pretty cool. So why not try another one? Lets spend another 3 hours!

For this one I thought; let’s go green and red. I don’t know why, it just seemed like a good idea. Maybe it is, maybe it’s not. You can decide for yourself.

Again I searched for some really nice pics of green/red nebulae. I found even more beautiful ones than I did for the purple nebula. Really, just look at them:

Amazing right?

I used the same set up as the with the purple nebula. Except there was a little problem. Green and red don’t mix like pink, purple and blue. I had to add a little yellow, brown and orange. This one was definitely more difficult. It’s also a bit more blue than the original idea I had. The result looks great though. The left one is the finished one. The right one is edited (again). I added a dark edge, increased the clarity and added lots of stars.

Red-green nebulaC

Redgreen nebula

I actually like this one more than the purple nebula. But that’s it for the nebulae and space stuff. Now we’re heading on to the “and more” part.

I’m still working on Antonina Kalinina‘s butterfly. The last couple days I coloured some leafs. Picture is a bit shaken sadly. Too lazy to make a new one, maybe I’ll update with a better pic later.

VlinderWIPI spend a lot of time on this one, since I want to make it perfect. Also, I’m not the best decision maker and there are (too?) many colours to choose from.. I’m still in two minds what to do with the background. I’m thinking about going all black. Any suggestions though?

So these are my little projects. What are you currently colouring?

Happy colouring!

* I totally borrowed this info from another website. If you want to know more about nebulae click here



Watercolour tips and tricks for beginners

So I recently started colouring with watercolours (see my previous post here). While practicing I searched online for some tips and tricks. I noticed immediately that there are so many pages with tips, that I didn’t know where to start. Instead of trying all the new techniques I learned, I decided to create this post. So here’s a list with all the tips, beginners guides, etc. I could find and found very useful. I’ll probably update this post once in a while. Happy colouring! 🖌

General tips





Creating 3D Shapes With Colored Pencils

Maybe this helps someone with 3D colouring!

Happy colouring!

Coloring Light

Primary school coloring is all about the ability to fill in shapes with color.  A 2D shape on paper remains 2D when it is filled evenly with color.  More advanced coloring is about making 2D shmotif322apes appear to be 3D.

Colored pencil is an ideal way to do this.  Remember to slow down and use no pressure as you manipulate color into 3D shapes.  The sample shown here contains simple abstract shapes, and can be found here.

Start by filling a shape very lightly with the desired color with soft strokes.  The lightest part of the shape is closest to the viewer, and the darkest are farther away.  Gradually darken the receding edges of the shape using  the same or related colors.

Starting dark and working light just doesn’t seem to work as well.

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Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolours

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A while ago it was my birthday and one of the gifts I got was the Gansai Tambi Watercolours set by Kuretake. It’s a beautiful green box with 36 watercolours inside, all of them poured into their own removable pan. At first I thought the colours were quite dark, untill I coloured in the colourchart that came in the lid. The colours are stunning and so vivid! All of them have lots of pigment and are opaque. I needed very little paint to fill the squares.

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First I tried out the watercolours on a couple of cherryblossomKersenbloesem Gesina colouringpages. The first try wasn’t a great succes, since all of the leaves turned out the same colour. I got really frustrated and had a rage quit. On my next try I tried to have more patience in letting the water dry more. This worked and resulted in this beautiful piece ☺. After some more practice I’d like to do a page in my Kimono colouringbook that I got for my birthday last year. Thanks for this awesome gift!

Happy colouring!✐


Een tijd geleden was het mijn verjaardag. Een van de cadeaus die ik gekregen heb is de Gansai Tambi Waterverf van Kuretake. Het is een mooie groene doos waar 36 kleuren inzitten, allemaal gegoten in een eigen uitneembaar bakje. In de eerste instantie vond ik de kleuren erg donker, tot ik de bijgeleverde kleurenkaart invulde. De kleuren zijn echt ontzettend mooi en dekken goed. Ik had maar een heel klein beetje verf nodig om het vakje te vullen.

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Ik heb de verf eerst uitgeprobeerd op een een aantal kleurplaten van kersenblKersenbloesem Gesinaoesem. Bij de eerste poging werden alle blaadjes steeds dezelfde egale kleur, wat tot mijn frustratie niet de bedoeling was. De tweede keer probeerde ik het met wat meer geduld, door het water tussendoor steeds goed te laten drogen. Op deze manier lukte het wel, met een ontzettend mooi resultaat ☺. Na nog wat oefenen wil ik graag een plaat uit mijn Kimono kleurboek doen, die ik vorig jaar voor mijn verjaardag heb gekregen. Bedankt voor dit prachtige cadeau!

Happy colouring!✐


Tips for new colourists

Here are some great simple tips for new colourists posted by Dancin Art Studio.

  • Buy books one at a time to see what ones you really like and what kind of artist styles.
  • Sharpen your pencil more than you think you need to.
  • Always test markers or gel pens on a page in the back of the book to check if the pages are going to bleed through or not.
  • Slip a piece of card stock or a couple pieces of paper behind your picture. This prevents dents in the next image and protects the next image against bleeding.
  • If you colour in public make sure to bring an extra book or some pages with you for when a friend sees you and wants to join.
  • Buy the biggest set of colours you can afford.This is cheaper than buying a box of 12 or 24 and than filling it in with singles.
  • Print out free pages to colour from different artists so you can decide rather you like their style or not.
  • And lastly, have fun and don’t be afraid to colour outside the lines— it’s ok!

Coloring books for adults have become a huge trend over the past year. It is no surprise, since coloring is a great stress reliever and allows for you to be creative while doing something enjoyable. Here are some tips for new colorists just stepping into the adult coloring world. […]

via Tips For New Colorists — DanCin Art Studio


7 Tips for hosting a colouring party

Like to share the colouring fun with other people? Here are some tips to host your own colouring party! Colouring by yourself can be great, but when you colour with friends and other people you get to share idea’s and tips. This way you can improve your own colourings.

I never attended one myself, sadly. Did you ever host or attend a colouring party? What was it like? Are you thinking of hosting on? Please comment below!

And, ofcourse, happy colouring!

Remember the days when everyone gathered around the table for a board game or a jigsaw puzzle during the holidays? Well, I have a fun cooperative alternative to offer for this season: hosting a coloring party. This is a wonderful, low-stress way of gathering with friends or family for some shared creative expression. As the […]

via 7 Tips for Hosting a Holiday Coloring Party — Everyone Loves to Color! — Amber Lotus Publishing


New Guide to Coloring – Patterning

Today I say this post by pen.paper.polkadots and I think it’s great idea to get the most out of a colouring page. The idea is that: “If you have large areas that seem boring to you, why not add your personal note to it by filling the spaces with patterns.”

If you’ve tried it comment below with a pic (or link to); I’d like to see all your colourings!

Have fun! ☺

Hey guys! This is the last part of my series on the “New Guide to Coloring” by DesingOriginals. I thought it would be fun to show you that there is more than just color to a picture. If you have large areas that seem boring to you, why not add your personal note to it […]

via New Guide to Coloring – Patterning — pen.paper.polkadots


Download Colouringpage

Check out this awesome (free) colouringpage!

If you like to colour something with a Valentine Day theme, go check this one: Happy Valentines day!

Derian Designs Coloring


This is a design from the coloring book I’m currently working on. I’m thinking it might make a nice cover picture.  The book will be a combination of mandalas and patterns. I’ve been using a new program to make the tiles for my patterns.  The lines are coming out nice and crisp.  Whenever I make a change there’s a learning curve, but I think the results will be worth it.

This picture is available for download.  mandp2-page-23-a  Enjoy!

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6 insider tips for beautiful coloring!

6 coloring tips by the author from Edible Paradise: A Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables!


EP-how toYes, I published a coloring book, Edible Paradise: A Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables (Universe).  But what do I actually know about coloring?  To fully embrace the experience from black and white to color, I took on the looming task of coloring in 3 copies of my book (And they’re almost finished.  To be continued soon…)  I not only noted that the many ladybugs on each page begin to move around by the time I started the third copy, I also compiled 6 tips for effective and beautiful coloring.Cardinal_Jessie Kanelos Weiner

  1. Pick an engaging topic.  Coloring books are like relationships.  A good part of it just needs to click.  Since you’ll be spending an exorbitant amount of time getting to know your coloring book, pick an engaging topic that ignites your need to color.  Whether that’s Ryan Gosling,  4-letter words or seasonal fruits and veg,  hold out for the…

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