Art colouring pencils are significantly experiencing a lot of appreciation in the artistic world. Although colouring pencils were once regarded to be primarily used by children, they have been significantly gaining huge respect amongst artists, collectors and galleries. Artists have started to explore the creative scope of the art-making means, while art enthusiasts and collectors are going amazed by its output with different colouring pencil techniques.

The art colouring pencil techniques include 5 main ways to create interesting effects with colours. These techniques will set the basis of your drawing and make it an excellent piece of artwork. Once you excel these colouring pencil methods, then you can make use of these techniques to layer colours for creating rich and luminous depth in your drawing.

  • Stippling: Stippling requires placing many small dots on the paper with your art colouring pencils. These dots can be far apart, close together or in any distance. You can practice this method by drawing tiny dots which are close together and you can also try it by drawing dots which are wide apart with more distance. Also, you can observe the difference between the dots created with a dull pencil and the dots made with sharp pencils. Stippling is a great medium to fill some interesting textures in your drawings.
  • Hatching: Hatching method involves drawing a sequence of parallel lines in the same direction on the paper to fill the colours. These lines can either be far apart, close together or create any variations. The art colouring pencil is lifted off from the drawing paper after every line and later put down to make a new line again.
  • Cross-hatching: Cross-hatching technique is similar to what hatching is with some additional steps. Firstly, it involves the hatching technique of drawing parallel lines and secondly, it requires drawing another sequence of parallel lines in the opposite direction on the top section of the first bunch of lines. It is an amazing method to create shading and blending in the drawings. Moreover, you can easily create various interesting textures with the help of cross-hatching.
  • Scumbling:  Scumbling is another colouring technique that you have likely used in your childhood with your art colouring pencils. It involves creating continuous circular marks with your coloured pencils on the paper with no lifting of the pencil. This technique is another good way to add in disparate regions of your drawings with many colours.
  • Back and forth stroke: This is likely to be the most common technique of the various art colouring pencil methods. This technique is exactly how you started playing and drawing with crayons as a child! Generally, you keep the coloured pencil on the paper and start drawing in a continuous random back and forth movement without lifting your coloured pencil from the paper. It is a great medium to fill different regions of your artwork with solid colours.

Hence, these 5 art colouring pencil techniques for drawing form the foundation for any artwork with coloured pencils. You can utilize all of these techniques in various combinations or one at a time to create some interesting colour effects on the drawing.

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