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How to Color a Picture or Drawing Neatly

Updated on May 2, 2014

How to Color a Picture or Drawing Neatly

Coloring and drawing can be a lot of fun, relaxing and enjoyable. There are several steps you can take to ensure you are coloring or drawing a picture neatly. When you become too worried that the picture is not, 'good enough,' or it is too messy, stop take a step back and follow some of the ideas listed below.

Kids Coloring


Hand Washing


Clean your Hands and Space

Before you begin, to color or draw a picture neatly, you must have clean hands and a clean work space. If your hands are dirty with art materials or what you ate for lunch, chances are the dirt on your hands will smudge your paper.

If the space you are trying to draw on is messy, this will increase the risk of your drawing paper getting dirty. Clean up your workspace. This includes, food, drinks, papers, books, and other art materials you are not using.

Sharpened Colored Pencils


Sharpened Your Pencils

If your colored pencils or crayons are sharpened, then you will have more control over their movement and precision. Take some time before you begin and sharpen your colored pencils and crayons.

You can use a hand held sharpener or an electric sharpener.



Organized Crayons


Organize Your Colors

Orgnaizing your crayons and colored pencils will help you in choosing more colors, and they will keep your work space tidy.

If all your colors are thrown into a box than chances are you will only use the colors on top or the ones that are not broken.

Taking good care of your crayons and colored pencils will help the longivity of your materials as well as help you use more colors in your drawings. Most people tend to use non-broken colors. If a crayon breaks than that color is on the sidelines often waiting for another project that involves melting crayons. Do not let this happen to your crayons. Keep your crayons and colored pencils in a safe, organized contaitner.

Peel Paper of the Crayons


Peel Crayon Paper

Peeling the paper of the crayons can make them more useful. You can now turn the crayon on it's side and rub it back and forth coloring a larger area with just a few movements.

How to Easily Remove Crayon Paper

Hold the Pencil Correctly


Hold the Crayon Properly

It is important when you color or draw that you hold your pencil correctly. This will ensure you have the maximum control over your pencil. The more contorl you have the more percision you will have in the execution of your drawing or coloring.

Sit Properly


Sit at a Desk or Table

When the artist sits at a desk or table their body is in the proper position to color or draw. The arm and hand are supported correctly by the body allowing the artist to focus and use their body mechanics to draw efficiently.

Remain Focus

When you are coloring or drawing find a place where you will not be easily distracted. Focusing on your work will help you be neat.

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  • abidareacode profile image


    4 years ago from Areacode , Kerala, India

    Peeling off the crayon may lead to easy break. Any how explained a very silly thing in a respectful way.Great one.

  • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR

    Carly Sullens 

    5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    Maria Flint, Thank you for stopping by and reading. Also, thank you for taking the time and sending me all your edits. :) I am on vacation now and will get to them as soon as I can.

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    Marie Flint 

    5 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

    Carly, I happened to be perusing various hubbers I'm following and happened on this article. I chose to read it because I am thinking about making some colored sketches to use in my writings.

    This is a very basic and straight-forward article. You illustrated it nicely.

  • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR

    Carly Sullens 

    5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    Hello, My name is Bill and I like to color. :)

    I love it! So do I. It is so soothing sometimes. Nice to see you my friend.

  • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR

    Carly Sullens 

    5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    RTalloni, I enjoy coloring too. So do many of my clients. There are some great 'adult style coloring books.' I like to color in mandalas.

  • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR

    Carly Sullens 

    5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    Gordon, I am deeply moved by your response. I am glad your uncle has access to art tools to continue his 'visual language.' I am wondering what his images are communicating to others and more importantly to himself. Just the act of drawing is lighting up many parts of his brain. This is such an inspirational 'art therapy' story. Thank you for opening up and sharing.

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    Bill Holland 

    5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Okay, I have a confession to make: I still love to color pictures. I'm an outliner and I admit it. I carefully darken the outline of the picture and then lightly color the interior. Same style for 64 years now. :)

  • RTalloni profile image


    5 years ago from the short journey

    I've enjoyed seeing the grownup coloring projects that have become so popular and would love to get my elderly mother interested in them. Thanks for helpful tips.

  • Gordon Hamilton profile image

    Gordon Hamilton 

    5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

    This is actually quite useful to me for a very unusual reason. I have an uncle who is in a care home. Over twenty years ago, he suffered a series of major strokes in rapid succession and has for all that time been incapable of speech or any other form of conventional communication. He was actually a highly qualified architect and it is perhaps little surprise that his one remaining passion is drawing. He produces incredible representations of people and buildings with crayons and coloured pencils, seemingly without realising why he is doing so. You've given me a few ideas as to how we can perhaps make his "work space" more comfortable and satisfying. Thanks! :)

  • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR

    Carly Sullens 

    5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    Linda, LOL, I have to work on washing my hands. ;)

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Excellent tips for kids of all ages :) I have to work on sitting properly.

  • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR

    Carly Sullens 

    5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    Hi Jane, I am glad you find the tips useful. Coloring with our kids is so much fun.

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    Janet Giessl 

    5 years ago from Georgia country

    I'm drawing a lot with my son so these tips are very useful for us. Thanks for sharing.

  • CarlySullens profile imageAUTHOR

    Carly Sullens 

    5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    Thank you Rajan, I am glad you enjoyed it. Have a blessed day.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Wonderful and useful tips. Thanks for sharing.


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