Here’s a new video by the wonderful Johanna Basford:
How to talk like a Colouring Pro!
The video is worth watching for the explanations and tips that Johanna gives, but in case you haven’t got the time right now, here’s a short summary of the ten terms she covers:
- Paper weight: Measured in g/sm = grams per square meter – the higher the number, the heavier the paper. Colouring Books or Sheets are best printed on paper with 170 g/sm or more. (US: measured in lb – Index type card stock)
- Paper tooth: The surface texture of a paper. Rough = a lot of tooth, smooth = little tooth.
- Colour palette: Your selection of colours that you use for a picture. Wide palette = many colours, limited palette = few colours.
- Cool colours: Colours that make you feel cool, for instance blue, blue-ish greens, purples and greys.
- Warm colours: Colours that make you feel warm, for instance red, orange, yellow, reddish purples and browns.
- Monochrome: One colour only, from light to dark, or just one pen on white paper.
- Mixed media: Using more than one type of tool or material in one picture, for example coloured pencil plus marker or gel pen.
- Burnishing: Laying down enough colour to fill [or flatten] the tooth of the paper, resulting in a flat, shiny surface.
- Blending: Mixing or merging two or more colours on the paper.
- Pastels: Chalk pastels are easer to use than oil pastels. Need to be fixed before you continue with coloured pencil.
See also “Has paper got teeth?”
Image credit: Photo by Petr Kratochvil