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Jellyfish Tutorial by Peta Hewitt

I recently finished another page from Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford - the Jellyfish. I'd selected that image simply because Peta Hewitt has a series of videos taking viewers through coloring the entire page step by step. The first and second videos in the series focus on coloring the jellyfish with pencils and the third part is an optional video about doing the background. Peta describes a variety of techniques that we can use to create immersive backgrounds and demonstrates one in particular that is both quick and easy to follow.

The one she shows in the video requires the use of soft pastels which aren't that expensive if you want to get a set. There's not much of a difference at what you can achieve with pencils or pastels other than the time and effort required. Pastels are are quick and easy to apply and give a really soft finish that is particularly suitable for backgrounds such as the sky, a grassy meadow or underwater scenes.

After following the first two parts of…

Tutorials And Coloring Videos On YouTube

When I first started coloring, I didn't know much about techniques or special equipment that I would need. So how did I go from an absolute beginner to being able to produce finished pictures such as the one on the left? Almost everything that I have learned is from reading blogs and following colorists on YouTube. There are many talented artists who put up different types of videos and there is a lot to be learned out there. A few of my favorite artists are:

1. Peta Hewitt

To be quite honest, if I had to recommend only a single name for beginners to follow it would be Peta. She has some wonderful videos where she explains different parts of the coloring process including types of supplies to buy, how she goes about selecting color combinations and even detailed tutorials where she shows how to color an entire page from start to finish. She frequently reviews various coloring books as well. She also has some speed coloring videos – where there is no explanation, just her coloring …

Tips & Hints for Coloring

Getting started with adult coloring books is pretty simple – get a book, some pencils or pens and start coloring. But as you go down this path, you are likely to amass a collection of books by different authors, different mediums for coloring them in and an assortment of miscellaneous supplies. I picked up a few tips from reading blogs and watching videos of other colorists that helped me with my actual coloring or with organizing my supplies. So I figured I would share them with others right here.

Keep a record for posterity

What I love about coloring in books is that not only do I enjoy the process but I end up with a finished piece of artwork that is beautiful to look at (even if I'm the only one looking!) That’s why I take pictures of every page that I finish. Now some pictures maybe mistakes and others are just pages where I tried out a new technique or color combination that failed - but I still record it.

Within a few weeks, you have this lovely record of images that you ha…

Just Add Water!

Continuing my series on art supplies, today I'll be talking about watercolors. Coloring with water is somewhat magical and I have wonderful memories of playing with watercolor. My sister and I had our own set of watercolor pans, palettes and brushes. Despite practically no artistic skills to boast of, we had fun. Lots of it.
Now with my new found hobby of coloring, I get to try watercolor magic again! Now what I'm going to talk about in this post doesn't have much to do with actual watercolor painting. But you can still use wet media - after a fashion - in coloring books.

Watercolor Pencils

Watercolor pencils are exactly what the tin says - watercolor pigment in pencil form. You can use them wet or dry, though naturally they shine when you add water. The easiest way to use them in coloring books is to color as usual with the pencils and then add water with a water brush or regular paintbrush.

These pencils have a few pros and cons. One con is that you can't really use …

Pencils & Pens And Then Some...

We've talked about using colored pencils and all types of pens before but these are not the only things you will need (or want!) once you start coloring. There are the little things like erasers, sharpeners, blending pencils and markers that you might want to improve your coloring. Some are absolutely essential - sooner or later you'll want to sharpen your pencils or erase something - while others fall more in the category of 'luxuries.'

The Must Haves

At the very minimum, you'll need a good sharpener, eraser and a few sheets of paper.

Sharpener

You don't need an expensive sharpener for your pencils, anything with a sharp blade will get the job done. But some pencils (looking at you Prismacolor) can break very easily, so you might want to get a suitable sharpener. Or you might have a few oddly sized pencils that won't fit into a regular sharpener. Some people swear by electric and others will tell you that manual is the way to go. What I have found is that c…