Thank you for choosing Luna Jayne for your glitter gel coloring! Our pens are uniquely different and we are dedicated to excellence in both the quality of our products, and in helping you have the best coloring experience possible!
As an artist-designer and daily colorist myself, I have discovered coloring techniques that work well. Here is a list of Tips & Tricks I use for best results. I hope they add coloring pleasure to your day! Enjoy!
1. Use Thicker Paper: To prevent bleed-through when coloring with gel pens and markers, it’s best to use thicker paper. Coloring books may or may not have quality thicker paper. Personally, I like to print off pages onto bright white premium multipurpose/copy paper in minimum 24lb thickness. This gives me a thicker paper, keeps the original picture blank to use again, and I can reduce the image if desired. Do this ONLY if allowed by the artist’s copyright law.
2. Color Smaller Pictures: To save time and ink I reduce images to half pages or so, similar to a coloring book ‘pocket edition’ size. Rather than spending what seems like ‘forever’ to finish a picture, I now enjoy seeing my completed artwork much sooner, usually in half the time. Reducing images also conserves on the amount of ink I use, so the pens last twice as long, do this ONLY if allowed by the artist’s copyright law.
3. Use a ‘Light Hand’: Luna Jayne glitter gel pens are unique because they are made with a high quality Switzerland-made tip that delivers a silky-smooth application. The generous flow of highly concentrated ink gives an almost ‘painting’ quality to coloring. It’s best to color gently with these easy-glide pens; you should never press. Using a light hand you will rarely hear any pen sound as it colors on the page, unlike other pens that make a scratching sound from applying pressure.
4. Use a ‘Protector Paper’: Gel ink takes a few moments to dry. To prevent smearing, I put a clean white bank paper under my coloring hand to keep me mindful. This works well to keep my hand off my picture as the ink is drying, and also protects the picture from any color residue I may have on my hand.
5. Color in Small Sections: Coloring in solid 1/8” areas as you go, gives the best results for even and consistent color, and is a good practice for gel ink coloring. You will never need to go over the area again. Also this prevents streaking and/or over-saturation that may occur by coloring in long strokes. Always avoid using a back and forth motion.
6. Color ‘Around an Area’: When filling in a larger section of one color, make your way around the space coloring 1/8” areas at a time. This allows each little area to dry as you go, and prevents rippling due to over-saturation.
7. Press Pictures under Books: For one reason or another we may get a raised area on our picture. It may be a bubble or ripple caused by too thin of paper, using a heavy hand, or over applying ink. An easy fix is to press the picture under a stack of books. I keep my pictures under books between colorings and before photographing, to ensure they are perfectly flat. A perfectly flat picture always looks best, and will photograph well if you’re posting your artwork in coloring