Color the Garden

secret garden with markers lined
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Many of you have asked me what supplies you need for your coloring books. I’m so glad you asked me because I’ve been having so much fun researching and experimenting. I’m so excited to share my findings.I looked into many brands and tested a lot of different options. I also factored in pricing for my recommendations. We do not need to be stressing over breaking bank in order to have fun and relax! My research is based on the book I am currently coloring, Secret Garden.

In order to color in very fine details like this page, I recommend Steadtler Fineliner Markers (10 pc pack or 20 pc pack)

secret coloring book page

I prefer markers over pencils for the instant gratification of beautiful colors appearing without much effort. Plus, there’s the scratching sound when you use markers that I LOVE. I also mentioned how addicted to the meditative sound I am in my recent blog post about how relaxing and fun coloring is. Be careful to check the paper thickness of your particular coloring book’s pages before using markers. I find that your household Sharpie-type permanent markers have too much dye in them and will not work in general. Most markers that we have at home have tips that are also too big.

This page was colored using 1mm fine tip markers and watercolor pencils:

secret garden page 2

 My type are favorite are Steadtler fiber tip 20 or Carioca 36 fine tip Markers

Every colorist should have color pencils to shade, blend, or fill in bigger coloring sections. Watercolor pencils seem to require the least effort with the richest colors.

Here’s a page that has mostly Staedtler watercolor pencils which I prefer:

secret garden page 3

But the regular Staedtler color pencils pack comes in 48 colors!

So I have both sets in my supplies pouch :)

secret garden page 4

Finally, don’t forget to have fun with glitter markers, metallic brush tip markers, neon and gel pens (coming soon to the web site. available in our shops).

Here’s a peek at how fun glitter & metallic can make your garden:

metallic flower glitter flower secret garden page 6

I hope you share in comments about your coloring adventures.

Happy coloring!

Katherine