How do you color without white spots?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

To color without white spots, there are a few techniques and tips you can follow. Whether you’re using colored pencils, markers, or any other medium, achieving smooth and even coloring can be a challenge. Here are some suggestions to help you minimize or eliminate those pesky white spots:

1. Choose the Right Paper: The type of paper you use can greatly affect the appearance of white spots. As mentioned, cold press paper has a textured surface that can create graininess when using colored pencils. Consider switching to a smoother paper, such as hot press or Bristol board, which have a finer texture and allow for smoother application of color.

2. Prepare the Paper: Before you start coloring, it’s important to prepare the paper to minimize the texture and tooth. You can lightly sand the surface with fine-grit sandpaper or use a paper blender (a soft, colorless pencil) to smooth out the tooth of the paper. This will create a more even surface for coloring.

3. Layer and Blend: Instead of applying heavy pressure to the pencil, try using light to medium pressure and layering multiple thin layers of color. This technique allows you to build up the intensity gradually and minimizes the appearance of white spots. Additionally, use a blending tool such as a blending stump or a colorless blender pencil to smooth out the colors and blend them together seamlessly.

4. Use a Light Touch: When coloring, avoid pressing too hard on the paper, as this can create uneven application and cause white spots to appear. Applying gentle, consistent pressure will help to distribute the color more evenly and reduce the chance of leaving white spots behind.

5. Sharpen Your Pencils: Keeping your colored pencils sharp is essential for achieving smooth and precise coloring. Dull pencil tips can leave uneven marks and contribute to the appearance of white spots. Make sure to sharpen your pencils regularly, using a good quality sharpener, to maintain a fine point for better control and coverage.

6. Test Colors and Techniques: It’s always a good idea to test your colors and techniques on a scrap piece of paper or a color swatch before applying them to your artwork. This allows you to see how the colors interact with each other and the paper, helping you to avoid any surprises or unwanted white spots.

7. Work in Small Sections: Instead of trying to color the entire area at once, work in small sections. This allows you to focus on each area individually, ensuring even coverage and minimizing the chances of missing spots or leaving them white.

Remember, practice makes perfect. Experiment with different techniques, papers, and pencils to find what works best for you. Don’t be discouraged if you still encounter some white spots occasionally – it’s a natural part of the artistic process, and with time and experience, you’ll be able to minimize them effectively.