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How to Colour Stones

Lots of colouring pages have stones or rocks to colour and it is not always easy to know how to colour them. I have therefore put together a step by step guide for doing this.

You need to start by selecting your pencils. I tend to use grey for stones, and rocks, but you could use shades of brown as well. I pick a browner shade of grey, so with my Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils that means warm greys and with Prismacolor, it would also mean warm or French greys. You should be able to find the equivalent in the set that you have. Sometimes I will use all six grey shades and pick three pencils at a time for each stone to get a varied colour such as the stones here :

However, sometimes, I will keep all of the stones the same colour, it depends on what suits my picture.

The picture I will be demonstrating here will have all of the stone bricks looking the same. I am going to use Polychromos pencils warm grey IV, III and II. The picture is from Worlds of Wonder by Johanna Basford.

The first stage is with the darkest grey, which in this case is the Warm Grey IV. I apply it to the bottom of the brick. This would be the same if you were doing a round rock or pebble. I apply heavier pressure at the bottom and fade up towards the top.

Then I take the Warm Grey III and apply a layer over the lighter part of the previous colour and fade that towards the top.

I then take the lightest colour, the Cold Grey II and apply it to the remaining part of the stone, covering part of the previous colour as well.

I want to make the stone look more shaped and so I go back to my darkest grey, The warm grey IV and add more at the bottom and a little on the sides. The stone will also have a shadow from the one above it, so I add a tiny stroke at the top.

I then blend with the warm grey III.

In between the stones it looks good if you apply a darker grey or black colour as it will look like there is a shadowy gap between them. I have used the cold grey VI for this.

The effect looks better when you have completed the group of bricks or stones. I also used the cold grey VI to colour in a light shadow line on each side, so on the right of the bricks it looks like the door frame is in front of them and on the left the shadow is on the orange bricks to make the stones look in front. I have also used this pencil to colour over the dark lines around each stone to make it look like there are tiny gaps between them.

Having the dark surround really makes the bricks look more three dimensional.

I have made two videos for colouring stones. This following one uses Derwent Lightfast pencils and is for stone bricks:

This one is for pebbles and uses Faber Castell Polychromos pencils:

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