What Do You Need To Get Started Coloring Now?
You have been seeing and hearing a lot about adult coloring lately.
Maybe you remember how much you loved coloring as a child…
Maybe you’re looking for a way to relax…
Maybe you just want to color for fun…
Whatever the reason, you think that you might want to try coloring for yourself, but you don’t know where to start.
Well, Coloring For Fun is here to help you get started. We don’t know everything that there is to know about coloring, but we are excited to share everything that we have learned to help you get started.
How To Get Started Coloring
I have heard it said that you only need two things to get started coloring1:
- Something to color
- Something to color with
There are thousands of adult coloring books available today. You can find an adult coloring book that meets almost any topic that you are interested in. We have reviewed several, and we created a list of 5 coloring books for a beginner here.
Once you have found some to color, all you need is something to color with.
When I first started coloring, I had no idea what to color with. I started with my daughter’s set of Prismacolor Premiers. Since then I experimented with several other coloring tools. These tools fall into three categories; pens, pencils, and markers.
Colored pencils are often considered a staple of the adult coloring community. They are extremely versatile and they are a favorite of both beginners and experienced colorists. They are excellent for blending and allow you to color intricate details.
However, not all colored pencils are the same. In fact, there can be a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle differences that can make shopping for the perfect colored pencil overwhelming.
They are manufactured with a variety of pigments, additives, and binding agents. Some are wax based, some are oil based, and some are meant to be used with water to blend. And as I’m sure that you already know that there is an enormous range in price!
Some of the popular colored pencils include:
- Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils
- Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils
- Koh-I-noor Woodless Colored Pencils
- Crayola Twistable Colored Pencils
Colored pens are another option for something to color with. They come in enough colors to keep both beginners and experienced colorists happy.
Millie Marotta, illustrator of the new book, Tropical World: A Coloring Book Adventure, recommends that you, “try to find some that have a fine nib and are not alcohol based as these have a tendency to bleed, as do those with a heavy ink flow,”
The nice thing about pens, especially gel pens, is that they come in a large selection of vibrant colors.However, just like with colored pencils, not all colored pens are the same.
Some of the popular colored pens include:
If you want saturated colors and smooth laydown of color, markers are best. I love my Sharpies, but they tend to bleed through my drawings. I am testing other markers, and I am looking forward to experimenting with them. I will share the pros and cons of each in future posts.
Like pencils and pens, there is an enormous range of price and quality for colored markers.
Some of the popular colored markers include:
- Copic Sketch Markers
- Sharpie Ultra-Fine Point Markers
- Prismacolor Markers
- Bic Mark-It Color Ultra-Fine Point Permanent Markers
- Chameleon Alcohol Color Tone Marker
So, if you are ready to get started coloring, choose something to color, and try some of these pencils, pens, and markers.
Please share your work in our Facebook group, and let us know what you used to color with.
What did you like and what don’t you like about the tool that you chose?