Layering Your Colors

March 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Ideas, Mandala Coloring

PencilsLayering your colors is another way to express your artistic eye when coloring a mandala.

Layer your colors, one on top of another, to attain depth and dimension. Layering is merely adding one color on top of another color over and over again. Use as many colors as you wish.

Start out by stroking your first color lightly. Heavy pressure at the beginning builds a waxy surface that will resist further applications.  Layering is a simple matter of lightly applying one color after another, and takes some patience.  Try cross hatching, which is stroking your color first in one direction and then going back over the same area stroking the opposite direction.  The key really is to build up the colors slowly to get the blend you prefer.

You will be able to finally blend colors by using a lighter color to press down heavily on top of  your layered colors,. You can also purchase special colorless blending pencils, which help to bring out the vibrancy and depth of colors. Practice your blending on a separate piece of paper if you are unsure of your outcome.

Experiment and most importantly, have fun! Also remember, if the tools you’re using are mediocre the results will be less satisfying. I recommend watercolor pencils for their bright colors and greater versatility.  Try
Prismacolor Colored Pencils
available from Dick Blick.

Prismacolor Colored Pencils


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