Many people ‘wing it’ and pick colours at random when colouring – this can sometimes lead to:
- Too many colours being used and the overall picture looking confusing and jumbled
- Too few colours being used and the picture looking dull and boring
- Colours being used that clash quite badly and can be a bit of a headache
I’ve spoken to a few people who would love to give Adult Colouring a go but are daunted when it comes to choosing colours and are put off.
HOW MANY COLOURS
Depending on the size of your picture and how complex it is i’d recommend using 6-12 colours – perhaps with some extras for shading or huge double page spreads
SCRABBLE BAG METHOD
Simply put this is literally picking your colours at random – you don’t know what you are going to end up with and it is an exciting way to learn how colours interact with each other and practice working with a limited palette.
Here is an example of a limited palette colouring I did with very few colours picked at random
WING IT METHOD
Start by picking one colour and then choose each colour as you progress with your colouring – it is easy to lose track of how many colours you have used and I suggest trying the colours out on a scrap of paper as you go
Here is an example of a colouring where I winged it
COLOUR WHEEL METHOD
I use this method quite a lot when colouring – I choose 2 opposite points on a colour wheel one for either end of a large image I am colouring and then follow the colours on the colour wheel in between.
For example on the Jelly fish image from Lost Ocean Colouring Book I decided on Orange and Blue
So the colours go from Orange, Orangey Red, Red, Reddy Pink, Pink, Pinky Purple, Purple, Blue
To make things a bit more interesting I then reversed this on some of the tentacles and had some shorter tentacles with just 1 or 2 colours
COLOUR PALETTE GENERATOR
If you still don’t feel too comfortable using these methods above there are also a wide range of Colour Palette Generators online or as Apps on Mobiles and Tablets which work by either:
- Generating a completely random palette for you
- Generating a palette based on a photo or image you upload
- Generating a palette based on one colour you pick
- A library of palettes to pick and choose from
Here are some Colour Palette Generators – to find more try a search for ‘Colour Palette Generator’
If you have a different method for picking colours i’d love to hear about it and will gladly edit my post to mention it – so comment below!