Coloring Tips

Are you looking for ideas on how to encourage your daughter’s coloring pursuits? Or, is your daughter hesitant to color? Daunted or discouraged? This post shares tips you can use as you and your daughter color together!

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1. Where to Start

– If your daughter will be using a printable like the one shown here, print the artwork on a piece of smooth, thick paper. Cardstock could work, as well as Bristol paper.

Put some extra paper behind the piece your daughter wants to color. This can help to keep any textures from the surface below from influencing or affecting her artwork.

Keep the pencils sharp. Encourage your daughter to keep her pencils from getting very dull. Having a sharp pencil can help the color to reach the valleys within the paper.


Did You Know? | Hills & Valleys

Paper can have hills and valleys. A sharper pencil, used at a higher angle so that the tip touches the paper, can help it to reach the valleys in between the hills.

2. Color Slowly

Encourage your daughter to:

Take her time when she is coloring.

– Use a light pressure at least to start. As she comes closer to the finish line, using a heavier pressure could be great depending on what look she is aiming for.

– Color with connected overlapping ovals. This can help in creating a smooth layer of color. Overlap, overlap and overlap. Have her make her coloring blend together so that she cannot tell where she stopped and started.


Discouraged? | Quick Tip

If your daughter begins to feel that her coloring seems uneven or messy, encourage her to slow down. She can pretend that she’s drawing lots of light little curly cues one over the other very close together. Have her aim to make it so that no one can tell where curly cues started or ended.

3. Layer

Encourage your daughter to:

– Layer. Layer. Layer. Layering her colors can create a richer sense of color. For example, she could start with a medium pink, add a darker pink-purple next (still coloring lightly), come back with the medium pink, and finish with a pale pink–pressing more (but not really hard) on the last one.

– Use a paintbrush! When she is coloring, have her take occasional breaks to get rid of the crumbs coming from the pencils. Instead of using her hand, she can use a dry paintbrush! This is a fun tip that can help to keep hand-oils from getting on the artwork.


Unsure Where to Start? | Quick Tip

When your daughter sits down to color, you may want to suggest one of the tips in this post. Forget the rest. :) Encourage her to take small steps towards improvement. Most of all, just enjoy it!

Got Questions? | I’m here!

Have a question about applying one of the tips? Looking for colored pencil brand recommendations? Need some guidance or encouragement over your coloring? Leave a comment on this post and I’ll either reply in another comment or e-mail you directly! :)


If you and your daughter use any of these tips while you color the Praying Pamela paper doll, Scripture Memory Cards or Daisy Lea, and would like to share a picture with us here at Daughters of Decision, we’d so enjoy it! Send to: [email protected]. Looking forward to seeing your artwork already! :)


Melissa Jacie

Melissa Jacie

Illustrator, Photographer, Graphic & Web Designer

“When God began creating the heavens and the earth, the earth was at first a shapeless, chaotic mass, with the Spirit of God brooding over the dark vapors.”

Genesis 1:1 The Living Bible Paraphrased

God made something beautiful out of a dark mass–something that really had little form. Isn’t it wonderful that God has the complete power to change something dark and formless–into a breathing, living artwork?


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