Learn to color with depth, dimension, and realism. You can use tried and true artist techniques to improve your coloring. | VanillaArts.com

Realistic coloring. realistic advice.

Tired of banging your head against the wall when the latest free tutorial or marker recipe doesn't turn out the way it looks online?

Looking for something beyond blend, blend, blend?

Frustrated because everything you color looks flat?

Realism isn't difficult... but it is downright impossible if you stick to crafty coloring shortcuts and standard blending techniques.

Real life is full of texture, pattern, contrast, and desaturation. Life is so much more than light-medium-dark blending combinations.

Let's add some life to your coloring!

You can do this!

I want to...

"Daffodils" a Power Poppy stamp. Lesson on coloring clean yellows with dimension. | VanillaArts.com

Take a class in S.E.Michigan. Beginner or Advanced.

Read tips & advice on how to color better and what tools to use.

Take online coloring classes.

I want that digital stamp!

In the Studio Journal:

We're all guilty...

And you know you're doing it. You either press too hard with colored pencils or you don't press hard enough.


Heavy-handedness and light-handedness are both beginning colorer traits.

But wait!

Someone told you to press hard for vibrancy!

Or someone told you...



Trick or Treat!

Here's the October FREE Digi Club image, "Candy Corn"

Get your copy of the digital stamp + the recipe guide used here.

"Candy Corn" offer expires on November 3rd, 2017. But don't worry, I launch a new free digi the same exact day!

Subscribe to receive a free coloring image every month, perfect for Copic Markers, colored pencils, and watercolor. | VanillaArts.com

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Amy's Latest Speed-color:

Check out the quickie version of "Calendula"


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Latest online Course:

"Colored Pencil Plus" is a beginner level class is a new approach to adult coloring.

Learn to use your colored pencils the way an artist would- with style, originality, and amazing depth & dimension. Colored Pencil Plus is a drastic change from adult coloring tutorials which lock you into using specific recipes and follow-the-leader style demonstrations.

No more copy-catting!

You can color independently with confidence. You can get realism and artistic flair from your colored pencils.

You can learn to color like an artist!

"Red Striped Rose" the week 12 project from Colored Pencil Plus