Practical Coloring Tips

Have you tried applying some of the scrapbooking-coloring mash up tips we shared previously? Well, talented colorist Robin Petersen Wilson‘s back. Here are some practical coloring tips she shared with us that can help make your coloring look more polished.

Four Tips To Make Your Coloring Go From Fair to Fabulous!

1. Think outside of the box – Or lines in this case. Have you ever tried coloring on the black print/line art itself? Silver or white gel pens work well for this. You can come up with some pretty sophisticated look like these pages from The BIG Christmas Coloring Book and Blessings in Bloom Gratitude Coloring Journal.

The BIG Christmas Coloring Book by Color My Moods
The BIG Christmas Coloring Book by Color My Moods
Color My Moods Blessings in Bloom Gratitude Coloring Journal
Color My Moods Blessings in Bloom Gratitude Coloring Journal

2. Line work – Speaking of line work, when coloring, your black lines will fade or get covered by your medium.

Robin always goes back over her lines with a black medium (pen, colored pencil or marker) to make them stand out again.  She has a collection of black media that she uses just for this.

Going over the line work gives the picture more detail and looks more finished. The sample pages below from The BIG Christmas Coloring Book shows that the devil’s in the details.


Robin uses several media depending on the width of the line. On the sample page, the really wide ones are colored pencil, going down to a .05 pen.

You don’t want to change the drawing, just enhance what has faded from your coloring.


3. Lighting – You may think you have great lighting for your coloring projects until you invest in a day light lamp.

Robin says it will literally make a night and day difference in your coloring.  They are not cheap so don’t forget to use you coupon.  Michaels has a 50% off one that expires today. Amazon has a few as well. Robin has Ottlite.


4. Reading Glasses – Who would have thought that this would be included in your coloring tools list? If you’re over 40 years old, chances are your near focus isn’t as good as it used to be.

Robin advises going to the Dollar store and picking up a pair or  five (they are only one dollar ?) of the 2.75 or 3.0 reading glasses.

These will help when you are blending, doing small spaces or making sure you have complete coverage on your coloring.

She said that you will see that your blending is smoother and you stay in the lines better. This also makes working on your line work go much faster.

Thank you to Robin’s pet Raggs for modeling her reading glasses. 🙂

We hope these four tips elevate your coloring from fair to fabulous ?.

Let us know what you think. And if you try any of these, we would love to see your colored pages. Tag Maria Castro or add #scribocreative #colormymoods.

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The BIG Christmas Coloring Book is here!

It’s here and it’s BIG!


The BIG Christmas Coloring Book
The BIG Christmas Coloring Book

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Fifty festive original artwork featuring holiday favorites like nativity scene, Santa, Christmas tree, angel, bells, stocking, seasonal mandala and patterns and more.

Single-sided pages make it suitable for different media, including colored pencils, markers, gel pens, pastels, crayons, and more. We recommend using the extra blank sheets provided as blotter pages to minimize bleed-through.

Bonus Digital Downloads including coloring cards, bookmarks and more.

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Special thanks to the colorists who shared their time and talent with us!

Front cover: Donna Pecoraro (Flowers and Gifts), Mara Lula (Santa and Flowers/Frames)

Back cover: Jane Adam (Christmas/Coloring), Donna Pecoraro (Peace and Nativity), Lisa Frey (It’s Cold Outside), Mara Lula (Stocking and Christmas tree), Kelly Taylor (Merry Christmas and Snowman)

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Scrapbooking and Coloring

What did you do before discovering the world of adult coloring?

We’re learning that many colorists have been involved with another creative hobby before getting addicted to coloring. It’s scrapbooking for Robin Petersen Wilson.

We noticed the extra touches, sticker gems and such, that Robin uses to enhance her colored pages. We’re happy to share these step by step tips from Robin who has successfully married her love for scrapbooking and coloring. Enjoy!




Printable card/page – We have several coloring cards available in our Gumroad store. This particular set is available here:

Tim Holt Distress embossing pad

Small paint brush

The Powder Keg pirate gold embossing powder

Aquamarine rhinestones by Kiesercraft

Prismacolor pencils in pc1079 blue violet lake, pc1026 grayed lavender, pc105 turquoise cobalt, pc928 blush pink.

  1. First color your your card as you desire, leaving any areas to be embossed blank.


2. Take your embossing pad and press your finger down at the corner until some of fluid comes out of the side and sits on the casing. See arrow in close up.


3. Dip you paint brush into this and paint the area you wish to emboss.

4. As you paint it will be clear but shiny, you can paint the whole card before you add the embossing powder as the embossing ink stays wet until it is heat set.

5. Pour your powder over the ink and shake it around a LITTLE, then pour the excess of the card.  Tap the card on the table to get any extra off that might stay behind.


6. Now you can take your paint brush and clean up you edges, as you can see from the top burst to the bottom I just took it and push everything gently back in to the lines.

7. Use your heat gun to process the embossing powder. It will turn shiny as it melts, remember to keep the gun moving so you don’t burn anything.  When I first tried I was worried about what the heat gun would do to the colored pencils but I saw no difference.


8.  Finished card closer up, After I was done, I took the cobalt turquoise and went around outside of each one to finish them off and added the rhinestones.  These already have adhesive one the so you just have peel then off and stick them on.


What scrapbook supplies you have that you can incorporate into you coloring?

Here’s another example. Even just putting the simple heart stickers on this coloring card creates a lovely effect.


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