My Favorite Crafty Things — Coloring

Welcome back to more of My Favorite Crafty Things 2017! Today is all about coloring!

If you haven’t checked out THIS quick video, please do so – it explains quite a bit.

I have lots to share, including giveaways (below) and even store great discounts:

  • Simon Says Stamp is offering my readers $10 off purchases of $75 or more during 12/11/17 to 12/18/17 ! Use the code “JENFAVES” when shopping HERE.
    (Note the dates. Valid on in-stock merchandise only. Not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with other offers.)
  • Ellen Hutson is offering 10% off your order! Use the code “JensFaves17” through 12/13/17 when shopping HERE.
    (This is extended! Valid on in-stock merchandise only. Excludes BCRF Fundraiser set and Mama Elephant releases within the last 90 days. Not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with other offers.)
  • Gina K. Designs is offering a FREE stamp set to my viewers!! Shop HERE.
    (Good for orders over $50 – just add “JENNIFER” into the instruction box at checkout.)

Let’s get started! Today is all about coloring!

[All products are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails. Affiliate links may be used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the store icons under the product images. Also, if you are interested in seeing the videos of the projects I have done using particular products, click the heart icon under the product.

Ranger Alcohol Inks
[ SSS | ELH | JNN | JNN ]
Ranger Yupo Paper
[ SSS | ELH ]
Sketch Copic Markers
[ SSS | ELH ]
Copic Sketch Fine Nibs
[ ELH ]
Neenah Class Crest 110lb Cardstock
Chameleon Pencils
[ SSS ]
Polychromos Colored Pencils
Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Gamsol Kit
[ SSS | ELH ]
Prismacolor White Pencil
[ SSS | JNN ]
Gina K Artist Choice Cardstock
[ GNK ]
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens
Arteza Real Brush Watercolor Pens
Tombow Markers
[ SSS | JNN ]
Dove Blender Pen
[ SSS ]
Koh-i-noor Bristol Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Gansai Tambi Watercolor
[ SSS | ELH | JNN ]
Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
[ SSS | ELH ]


Tis’ the season to ask for crafty gifts! This My Favorite Crafty Things list makes a great gift guide. Print it… circle your favorites… and hand it over to a loved one. 🙂 Don’t forget the discount codes above!

See you soon for more of My Favorite Crafty Things 2017. You can keep up to date on all the topics HERE… and for my lists from 2016, click HERE.


How would you like to win a set of Arteza Real Brush Pens!? For your chance to win a giveaway, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 12/15/17 telling me your favorite way to color. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post on my blog and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Personally donated.)

See you again soon!

[Please note that I purchased all of the products above expect the alcohol inks. Regardless, the decision to include them in this list was my own. I truly like these products and companies. For more info, visit HERE. If you have questions, please email me.]

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384 thoughts on “My Favorite Crafty Things — Coloring”

  1. Oh Jennifer, you say you’re not an expert colorer & you make it look so easy, but I just can’t get anything I color to look as good as your coloring does! I guess I need more practice. Water-coloring is probably my go-to method at the moment, it makes me feel very arty & the results are naturally imperfect so my lack of skill is not quite so obvious! A set of real-brush markers is definitely on my (very long) wish list this Christmas.

  2. Thanks Jennifer. Once again I learned so much. My favorite way to color is to smear some Tim Holtz markers on a huge acrylic block to make a palette and use a water brush and pretend I’m a water color artist. That’s my favorite way to color. I love love love the look. Sometimes I pull out my zigs too.
    I love your videos and look forward to each one.
    Hugs, Donna

  3. My very favorite way to color is with crayons in a coloring book, I’m a big kid at heart!! I am experimenting with using watercolor pencils for my crafting.

  4. So far my distress inks and a watercolour brush! Have a few Copics, but would like more. Going to try your pencil and Gamsol method!

  5. I like coloring with my watercolor pencils. I really like my alcohol inks too, but I don’t use them as often as I should…. I do use them a lot to colorize embellishments to match inks/cardstock.

  6. I’ve seen the arteza colorbrush markers on amazon but wasn’t sure about them. I use my inktense pencils or my prismacolor pencils the most but I also use copic and zig clean color markers too.

  7. Those brush pens look fabulous. I tend to water-colour or use colics… I have two 72 colour pencil sets Prismacolor and Derwent but don’t have much luck at all.

  8. I have colored the most with colored pencils and also have tried watercolor and alcohol markers, but am not great at any of them. You make it look so easy – thanks for your great videos !

  9. I need a lot of practice in coloring. I have tried coloring with Distress inks as well as with watercolor pencils. I love the watercolor effect on cards.

  10. SO MANY creative options!
    I started with Copic markers and confess that I haven’t really tried anything since, apart from some Distress Inks.
    SO MUCH to try … and they will all enhance my Copics too 🙂

  11. I don’t know if I have a favorite way to color. i like copics, watercolors, colored pencil, etc. I just like coloring things.

  12. I like to use colored pencils. But lately I have been starting my alcohol marker collection starting with the Spectrum noir ones. I also like to use regular markers.

  13. My favorite (and right now only) way to color would be with fine tipped markers. I like that they get in tight spaces especially for intricate stamps. But I just watched your video about the colored pencils and Gamsol and I’m dying to try that as well.

  14. Coloring is difficult for me. I have a big set of Spectrum Noir markers, but bought them before they changed to a brush tip, so they are more difficult to get a smooth look. So I most often use colored pencils.

  15. Hello, Jennifer, I’m curious about the pros and cons of Zig and Arteza brush pens with a direct to stamp coloring technique. Since the Zig brush tip is smaller, I’ve heard concern that you may see more brushstrokes when coloring the stamp. But the Zig might do a better job of getting in tight spaces or highlighting fine details. I can’t justify owning both brands, so I have to choose one.

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