There are lots of coloring mediums to choose from. These colored pencils are a dream to work with. They have a soft core and the colors blend very easily. Prismacolor is a quality brand but there are others just as good. They come in many sets but of course I had to have the largest. 150 wonderful colors!
There are several different ways to blend to get the right shading. A blender pencil, which is colorless, goes smoothly over the colored surface to give the light and dark shading to a specific area of the picture. You can also use a paper stump and some blending solution to do the same thing.
It's easy to color outside the tiny outlines so a pencil eraser comes in handy. I also have a battery eraser which makes erasing a breeze. A good art eraser works well too. One other essential tool is a pencil sharpener. You should never use an electric pencil sharpener with quality colored pencils. The color cores are too soft and it's very easy to end up with a short pencil really quickly. I use a small handheld Kum that has a sharp blade. I got it for only a few bucks on Amazon.
You can also use fine line markers and gel pens to color with.
The array of coloring books and pages is mind boggling. All book stores, grocery stores and even Walmart has a variety of books with different themes and images. Flowers, animals, patterns, etc. An artist who has been instrumental in developing quality books is Johanna Basford. She is a Scottish illustrator and her first book, Secret Garden, has sold over 10 million copies worldwide! I purchased a wall calendar for 2016 and have been coloring the months. Here's what it looks like.
I used water brush markers to color the front. I'll get into some of the pages I've colored in another post. So, that's an overview of my coloring journey. Stay tuned. We're just getting started.