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{Question} How do you choose a coloring medium?

Hi Friends!


I know it’s been quiet on the crafty front…I’m trying to get my act together to make some cards in the next few days.  I am also trying to pack for a crop where I plan on making lots of Christmas cards to share in special posts next month (and hopefully get them mailed to my family & friends!) I am soooo failing at the packing light part LOL!


When you choose an image for a project, how do you decide what coloring medium to use? I almost always use my Copics but I have been wanting to branch out and try new things. I recently took a card class where we colored with colored pencils (already own a TON of Prismacolor pencils) and watercolor pencils (the day before I purchased a set of Inktense pencils). For the record, I also own Distress inks, refills and markers that yet to see the light of day on projects.  I plan to pack copics that match the images and also bring the Inktense pencils and watercolor paper.


I have no thought process on how I will choose to color each image…and that thought turned into a little blog post.  I know there is no right or wrong answer, I’m just curious on how you all pull together your projects.

7 Responses to “{Question} How do you choose a coloring medium?”

  • I’m curious to the answer of this too–posting on my FB and blog to get more answers!!!!
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  • If I am using digi images I tend to colour using chalks/pastels as they don’t smudge – depends on the image and what I want it to ‘do’. With stamps I also use watercolours, of which I have about three different forms, as well as Twinkling H2O’s, and coloured pencils. Distress inks, and distress stains for backgrounds, and gelatos…. 🙂
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  • Jennifer:

    I too need to get my act together and do some crafty things….
    I am not good with coloring alot…my choice always goes to what I think turns out best for me and that is water color pencils. I have purchased a couple of the new Stampin up blender pens and hope to do more with those in the future.

  • Christine:

    If the image has a lot of background, I use watercolor. Watercolor is my first love, I already knew how to paint watercolor when I started making cards. I love using watercolor pencil when on images where I want more defined edges and highlights. For some reason I have trouble leaving white space with Copics. I know longer use colored pencil on stamps, just in my art. I ALWAYS use Copics on the cute girlie images.

  • Although I love watercolors…I almost exclusively use copics. I love the intense colors I get with them. I have all that other stuff too…but I prefer copics. I like lots of color!!!

  • i’m a die-hard copics fan but (yeah, you knew that was coming LOL), i also have a new set of FABRE CASTILL which i love and, of course, my trusty stampin up markers! sooooooooo, when i need a color i don’t have in my copics (which is not many, trust me), i look to the other 2. i never use pencils, crayons or oils. not because i don’t want to, but because they are “out of sight”.

    don’t matter what you use. your work is always fabulous!!!!

    enjoy the crop… and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

    HUGS 🙂
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  • Jenee:

    I happen to currently be a die-hard Copic fan simply because I like the look. I’ve also gone through a water-color phase and a colored pencil phase over the many years that I’ve been making cards. I was never totally “happy” with my pencil coloring. I think all the mediums are fun, though, and that’s what is important — like the candy commercial says, “Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don’t.” I think it is the same with the color medium — sometimes the mood is for something different (smile).