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Maribel Sanchez

Coloring since 2017, from Andalucia, Spain

Hello There!

I started coloring three and a half years ago with a children’s coloring book while I tried to keep my daughters busy. Doing a search for coloring pages for them, I found adult coloring books and Amy Brown’s fairies. I loved them! Soon after that, I discovered adult coloring groups in Facebook. This was the beginning! I spent a whole summer watching video tutorials at night and learning to use different media. I also bought a guide for colorists by Helen Elliston, which was the key to learn the basics and not-so-basic things about coloring.

My favourite pages for coloring are portraits, landscapes, and women warriors. I don’t like coloring flowers much…At the beginning I struggled a lot with backgrounds, now I like to add them because I love to create complete scenes in my pages, to tell a story.

My Favorite Coloring Products

I can’t do without my watercolors, I’m in love with this media. My favourite so far are Titan fine watercolors, a Spanish Brand. I also use Winsor & Newton, very recommendable too.

Regarding pencils, I love Prismacolor, like most of us, but I will recommend Arteza Pencils if your budget is limited. They are very similar to Prismacolor pencils, highly pigmented, creamy, easy to blend, and have long lasting bright colours. They may seem pencils for beginners, but they are not! I use them all the time.

 

Another brand of pencils that I would recommend and are my favourite for coloring skin, is Giotto Stilnovo Skin Colours. These pencils are amazing! I love them because I can get very realistic skin tones. They are soft, easy to blend, resistant and very very inexpensive!

 

As I like realistic portraits, it is a must to have a White Posca Marker to hide lines. The advantage of Posca is that you can colour on it, unlike gel pens.

Tips for Better Coloring

Don’t try to imitate other colorists, each of us has his/her own style. Try to find yours by practising. Get inspiration from others, but do not copy them. Be creative in your own way, mind what you do. Value your effort and challenge yourself every page you colour!

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Morena Vajak

Coloring since 2015, from Osijek, Croatia

Hello There!

In June 2015 I discovered Johanna Basford and her Secret Garden. After colouring one of the pages I couldn’t stop and knew I have found a new hobby! And here I am five years later still crazy about colouring.

 

I have hundreds of colouring books and hundreds of downloads from Etsy and artists’ web sites. My horizons have definitely expanded during these five years and my favourite topic nowadays are mostly portraits, fantasy, realistic flowers and much more. What I don’t colour are mandalas and patterns. I enjoy a story, emotion, imagination.

My Favorite Coloring Products

Prismacolor Premier Softcore Pencils are smooth, buttery, they layer and blend perfectly. Their range of colours is amazing and they contain some unique shades that can’t be found in any other pencil sets.

 

Holbein Artists Watercolours in tubes have a wonderful range of colours, rich pigment and are lightfast. You can mix them well and achieve both translucency and opaque effects. The tubes last forever due to the rich pigment.

 

Posca Pens have a lovely colour selection but their black and white ones are especially useful for me if I want to achieve interesting effects.

 

Fabriano Studio Watercolor Hot Press is my favourite white paper when I print and colour a colouring page. I can use any medium I want on it – watercolour, pencils, markers, or just simply work with mixed media. It’s textured enough for watercolours but smooth enough for pencils.

Tips for Better Coloring

I always observe reality, look at photographs. I try to be realistic and believable in my colouring. The contrasts of light and shadow are very important if you want realistic effects.

 

Just don’t be afraid, go for it. Make mistakes, learn from them, try again. Most mistakes can be corrected and what I call the “ugly” phase is part of the process! I always have an ugly phase in my pictures. Accept it, embrace it, move on! And practice a lot. There is no right or wrong, we colourists can use artistic license, too!

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