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To paint large fields, take a brush thicker, for the rest of the details of the picture - thinner. Soft squirrels or core brushes are most convenient.

When coloring with paints, after each stage, let the drawing dry. But you can also use the fact that the paint spreads on wet paper and new shades are obtained.

If you color a picture on a computer, the order of work can be any. The main thing is that the lines by which one part of the drawing is separated from the other are continuous.

Layers and Feathering

Anyone who paints can first mix the colors on the palette and then transfer them to the canvas. Working with crayons, all mixing and shading of colors occurs directly on the surface of the paper. With the help of layers, you can either get a new color or a new shade. To enhance the color, you need to apply more layers on top, and to muffle, use a complementary (contrast) color. You can also blend colors with a white pencil or a colorless blender.

The easiest way to mix colors is to apply a second coat of color directly to the first coat. You can do this with as many colors as you need in order to achieve the desired color or saturation. The key to this technique is the use of light pressure, sharpened pencil and evenly applying each layer.

Polishing with a colorless blender

To refresh your memory, let me remind you that polishing - This is a technique that requires strong pressure to combine two or more colors together and give them a smooth, glossy look. A colorless blender tends to make colors darker (as shown in the figure), while using a white or light pencil (the following example) brightens the colors and gives them a distinct look.

Polishing light over dark

You can also mix colors using a lighter or white pencil. To create an orange tint, apply a layer of red and then apply yellow over it. Remember that dark should always be under light. If you apply a dark color on top of the light, mixing will not occur. Also try not to press too hard on the lower layers in the polishing area, since if you flatten the surface of the paper too quickly, the result of mixing will not be so effective.

Optical mixing

This method is usually used when working with pastels, the viewer sees two colors located next to each other, as if they were mixed. Use handwriting, strokes, dashes, or rounded scribbles to color, making each pencil look like a small piece of string. When you look in general, lines of different colors merge and look like one mass. This is a very lively and new mixing method that will captivate your audience.

Dots patterns

First, draw the simplest squiggle. Then with the help of a cotton swab and paints (gouache or acrylic) we make intricate patterns as the soul lies. It is better to mix paints and dilute them slightly with water on the palette.

Since childhood, a familiar and beloved technique by many. We put an object with a slightly protruding relief under a sheet of paper and paint it with pastel, small or unfinished pencil.


One option: drip paint onto a sheet and tilt it in different directions to get some kind of image. Second: the child dips the brush in the paint, then puts the blot on a sheet of paper and folds the sheet in half so that the blot is printed on the second half of the sheet. Then he unfolds the sheet and tries to understand who or what the drawing looks like.

Paint patterns

For such an application, you need to apply a thick layer of paint on the paper. Then, scratch the patterns - various lines and curls - on the still wet paint with the opposite end of the brush. When dry, cut out the desired shapes and stick on a thick sheet.


The name speaks for itself. You need to paint a finger with a thin layer and make an imprint. A couple of strokes with a felt-tip pen - and you're done!

On a smooth smooth surface (such as glass), a picture is applied with paint. Then a sheet of paper is applied, and the print is ready. To make it more blurry, a sheet of paper must first be wetted. When everything is dry, you can add details and outlines if you wish.

The highlight of the work is that the drawing needs to be scratched. A sheet of cardboard is densely shaded with spots of multi-colored oil pastels. Then black gouache should be mixed on a palette with soap and painted over the entire sketch. When the paint is completely dry, use a toothpick to scratch the pattern.

Air paints

To prepare the paint, you need to mix a tablespoon of "self-rising" flour, a few drops of food coloring and a tablespoon of salt. Add a little water to the consistency of thick sour cream and mix well. Paint can be placed in a confectionery syringe or in a small bag. Tie and cut the corner firmly. We draw on paper or ordinary cardboard. We put the finished picture for 10-30 seconds in the microwave to the maximum mode.

Marble Paper

A sheet of paper is painted over with yellow acrylic paint. When it is completely dry, paint again with diluted pink paint and immediately cover with cling film. The film needs to be wrinkled and folded, as they will create the desired pattern for us. We wait for complete drying and remove the film.