So far in our guide to coloring backgrounds we have explained why you may want to add a colored background to your coloring page and taken you on a whistle stop tour of some simple and popular ways to add a background to your coloring page. We showed some cracking examples of colored backgrounds that help make some stunning coloring pages.
We have explored different ways to create your coloring page background, from using art supplies like pastels to introducing coloring hacks like applying budget makeup to easily create a soft and subtle backdrop.
In this, the final instalment of our guide to coloring backgrounds, thecoloringbook.club will finish off by rounding up some of the main points we have learned about adding backgrounds to your coloring page, share some tips on keeping your coloring page clean when working with backgrounds and finally show how some backgrounds can be enhanced by using a simple pencil eraser!
Lessons we have learned so far!
Whilst the lines make the design, it is the colors that lift the picture from the page! Backgrounds can help extend the design beyond the lines, produce a soft background that does not overpower the main picture or can contrast starkly with the page to catapult neon colors to the foreground.
Simple supplies can produce stunning results!
If… you want a quick coloring hack for your background you can always raid your makeup drawer to produce soft blended backgrounds
In part one and two of our guide to coloring backgrounds we saw how simple art supplies like chalk and pastel can be used with everyday items like cotton wool or q-tips to quickly apply a soft background to your pages. We also showed that you don’t have to invest in new art materials, if you don’t have chalks or pastels in your art drawer then don’t re-invent the wheel, colored pencils are just as effective as chalk or pastel and can be the best way to produce a background on an intricate design where close control is required. If, however, you want a quick coloring hack for your background you can always raid your makeup drawer to produce soft blended backgrounds with unwanted mascara or eye makeup.
The perfect blend
Like a lot of things in life the most surprising results can be achieved by mixing things up! Don’t limit yourself to a single color; with chalks, pastels and makeup it is easy to blend in multiple colors to create wonderful variation in your coloring page backgrounds. Start with your light colors first and apply small amounts of dark to create candy floss blends on your coloring page or simple make a subtle vignette around your coloring design by taking your dark shade lighter as you move further out from your picture. Experiment and, with practice, you will soon find you are creating great backdrops to your colored pages.
Beware the mess!
Different coloring materials cause varying amounts of mess. We found chalks to be the messiest of all of our coloring tools, chalks produce a fine dust that is easily rubbed into unwanted areas of your page. If you find you have a buildup of chalk dust on your page a top tip is to turn your coloring page on it’s edge and gently tap the dust onto a spare sheet of paper. Definitely do not attempt to wipe or blow the chalk dust with your hand as you will likely create smears on your page and will end up inhaling all that fine chalk dust!
Once you have applied your background and finished coloring your page it is a good idea to apply a fixative to your design. This is especially true if you have applied a chalk or pastel design as you will find these material can be rubbed off easily with handling. Fixatives, like the one below from Prsisamcolor, seal your coloring pencils, chalk and pastel to the page. Do make sure you apply it in a well ventilated workspace (or preferably outdoors) as most fixatives contain solvents and can be harmful if breathed in. Also be sure to apply your fixative at the end of your coloring process as once it is down (unless you have bought a workable fixative) you cannot add any more coloring to your page.
Wait! You mentioned something about erasers?
Yes, finally for our last tip in applying colored backgrounds. If you want to apply highlights to your pencil, chalk or pastel colored backdrop then this can easily be achieved using the humble pencil eraser. Simply streak your background with an eraser and you will find it creates a subtle streak of lighter background where the eraser has been. Perfect if you want to show light bouncing off a deep blue water or add highlights to some green foliage background to make your floral page standout!
That concludes thecoloringbook.club guide to coloring page backdrops! I hope you have found some of our tips useful and discovered something in our three part coloring guide to inspire you to add a colored backdrop to your next coloring page. Why not try on one of our free coloring pages like the Wizard of Oz coloring page we have available in the coloring challenge this month?
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