Adult coloring books are all the rage right now. No longer an activity just for kids—coloring can be relaxing, meditative and a great way to get in touch with your creative side, especially for those who don’t have advanced artistic skills or a lot of free time on their hands. But what if you want to mix things up and experiment with something other than flat color? Artist Doreen Kassel offers the following tips to improve and enhance your coloring pages with some simple yet gorgeous effects…
Create a Mottled Background
Before you begin coloring, spray acrylic ink onto the page in various colors until you achieve the palette you want. Stand back to get a finer mist, and closer to get a thicker cover. Be sure to cover your workspace to protect it from the spray. Give the page time to thoroughly dry before you move on to coloring.
Add Texture and Patterns with PanPastels
Create various textures and patterns by using a PanPastel tool to apply dashes of PanPastel across the page. White space can be left exposed or the whole page can be enveloped in color—it’s up to you.
Add Details with Liquid Frisket
Create spiral designs, or any fun design you wish using Liquid Frisket and a Frisket Nib Tool. Be careful not to make it too intricate though, because the Frisket can be hard to control when painting finer lines.
Embellish with Highlights
Create select highlights on your coloring pages with white opaque paint and a fine-tipped brush.
Splatter liquid eraser or white acrylic paint across your coloring page using a palette knife and toothbrush. If you choose to use paint, it should be a loose consistency. It’s a good idea to experiment a bit with the splatter technique first to avoid any unwanted blobs.