Hiding a color shift while coloring

I was continuing to color the Celtic knot skull from Karen Creftor’s Etsy store that I showed in a previous video when I realized that I was unconsciously hiding the shifts in color behind the strands of knotwork so that I wouldn’t have to worry about blending out or covering up lines where one color ended and the next began.

Since the knotwork is a bunch of short sections I would start by coloring in with a single color, then in the next section I would use the color I’m shifting to to color in that section. Then, working back and forth, I would lightly blend around where the overlap would be. The video shows this a bit more clearly than I can describe it.

I’m using Polychromos colored pencils to color here, which is an oil-based pigment but wax-based pigments like Prismacolor will work in much the same way.

Depending on what you’re coloring you can likely hide several color shifts in this manner, so try this out some time and see if it works for you.

But most of all, coloring is your time. Do what makes you happy and gives you pleasure. If you try this and it doesn’t work for you or you don’t like the results, then don’t do it. It’s just another way of coloring and if anybody ever tells you that you’re doing it wrong or not following the rules, send them my way so I can administer some tough love.


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