Your journal is primarily a journal, and the page thickness is best suited for coloring using pencils. Felt tip colored markers will bleed through the pages and are best avoided.
The best pencils to use
In my opinion, the best pencils to use are professional and artist varieties. They produce true, vibrant, living color and bring cheerful life to the images and patterns in your journal.
Visiting your local art shop is the best place to start.
You will discover a whole new world when you begin to explore what is on offer in your local shop!
To begin, there are several options to choose from when it comes to what the colored part of the pencil is composed of.
There are pencils that are oil-based. These produce a beautiful vibrant result and the soft texture makes them a joy to use. They can even be blended and softened further using a small brush dipped in paraffin oil. (Who would have known!?)
Another high quality choice is wax-based colored pencils. These again give a beautiful full color on the page and can be blended as well with a colorless pencil made from the same material.
Water-based pencils appear to be a little harder in texture, but there are still many beautiful colors to choose from.
My recommendation is to start by purchasing a few individual pencils, which you can do with artist pencils, and then decide which ones you like the most.
Or, you could use a combination of both. If you lean towards one type, then you can buy a set of 12, 24, 36 or more and then supplement with extra colors. This works out better value and the tin provided can be useful to store pencils that you are using at any given time.
Storing pencils is part of the fun, and I use a canvas pencil case that can fit two pencils into each section, giving me a large selection.
If I have selected a color palette for one of my colorings, and haven’t finished, I can store the selection in the tin for easy access when I return to it. I don’t need to sift through all of the colors again.
When you get going, it is not difficult to decide on new colors to buy. There will be colors missing in standard sets, and colors that you are drawn to very strongly.
Warm colors and Cool colors
When coloring a pattern design, it can sometimes produce a more harmonious picture if you choose all cool or all warm colors.
This is how I go about choosing a palette for one of the abstract patterns.
- I choose two different colors, but both warm or cool.
- I select two or more versions of that color, lighter or darker.
- I look for another contrasting color that will really pop out of the page.
- Lastly, I make sure I have a good balance of lighter colors and darker colors.
Then, its time to fill the spaces with color that speaks to my heart. Something that brings me joy. Color to lift my mood or express my happiness.
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