Here's an awesome article posted on Quill.com who kindly offered me the chance to share on my blog. If you love coloring, you can take the hobby to a new level by using creative gel pen techniques that amp up the fun and add visual appeal.
Creative pen strokes and patterns add texture to coloring sheets. Fill spaces with stripes, polka dots, swirls, geometric patterns, hatching (parallel strokes), crosshatching (perpendicular strokes), and stippling (small dots) to make coloring pages pop.
Get Creative with Colour
Half the fun of coloring is working with a rainbow of color. You can also intentionally limit colors to create interesting effects. Use a color wheel to find an appealing color scheme. Experiment by limiting your palette to:
Some gel pens smear easily, but that doesn’t need to be a drawback. You can use this quality to your advantage by intentionally blending colors together or creating a gradient effect with one color. Some gel pens are wetter on the page, while some tend to be dryer. Wetter pens usually work best for blending.
Experiment on a blank page to determine which of your pens smear best. Color a small square, and experiment with a blending tool or your fingers to smudge it. Various tools work well for blending; try using a silicone spatula, a pencil eraser, a bristle paintbrush, a wet paintbrush, or a flat-ended cotton swab (found in the cosmetic section of most grocery and drug stores).
Use metallic, neon, pastel, glitter gel pens, and a white gel pen to highlight parts of your artwork. And don’t be afraid to use gel pens in tandem with other mediums. Crayons and colored pencils work great to fill in backgrounds. To create an unusual pattern, place a piece of paper on a material with an interesting texture—such as burlap, a flour sifter, or a leaf—and then rub a crayon or colored pencil over the top.
Experiment and enjoy
Creative gel-pen techniques can help you turn your coloring sheets into a feast for the eyes. Just as importantly, they can add fun to a favorite pastime. Remember, coloring isn’t supposed to be stressful. Relax, get creative, and have fun!