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What Is Grayscale Coloring?

If you are asking yourself what is grayscale coloring, the answer is quite simple! Grayscale coloring is the process of coloring over a grayscale image. The different shades of gray (grayscale) create depth and dimension to your colored image. Unlike ‘traditional’ coloring, where there are large expanses of white and the finished image is flat and two-dimensional unless you add your own shading, grayscale coloring has the shading already built in 🙂 Of course, you can still add your own shading to enhance and develop the shading in the grayscale base, however if you don’t want to – you don’t have to.

Grayscale coloring shares similarities with the old fashioned method of tinting photos to give them color. However, today grayscale artists are creating designs and artwork specifically for colorists to bring to life with color. If you love coloring and haven’t given grayscale coloring a try, download one of the freebies in our Facebook group to give it a try.

Photorealistic Grayscale Coloring

Many people love to achieve realistic results with their grayscale coloring and seek to achieve photorealistic results by using realistic colors. However, there are no rules when it comes to coloring and you can create whatever effects you want when coloring over grayscale images. Just because you are coloring over a realistic looking person, doesn’t mean that you need to stick to realistic colors. Use different colors to achieve fantasy and whimsical finished art.

Lady Grayscale Coloring Pages

I create the grayscale coloring pages that you find here using a range of digital techniques. When I create the designs, I take particular care to ensure that the grayscale image gives you the definition you require. Often this entails working and reworking the base image before converting it to black and white. The reason for this is that two colors may be very different in hue (for example red and green) however they may appear almost identical when they are converted to black and white.

Grayscale Coloring Photos

You can certainly color over black and white photos to achieve similar effects. Convert your own photos to black and white or look at one of the free stock photo sites, such as, for photos which are free for you to download, make black and white and color. You will find these photos at the base of many coloring pages. The one drawback with using photos rather than specially created grayscale coloring pages is that photos are not optimized for grayscale coloring. However, for practicing, or creating some artwork which is very personal to you, these can be a great option.

Grayscale coloring is a great form of coloring for beginner and more advanced colorists. Beginner colorists can simply color over the base image ‘as is’ and more experienced colorists can take it one step further by blending and using other coloring techniques. To learn more about coloring grayscale coloring pages check out How To Color Grayscale Images.

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Braided Lady Coloring Page

Sign up to our Inner Circle newsletter and you will receive this lovely braided lady grayscale coloring page to download and enjoy.  She’s a fun coloring project which contains a mix of features, from the detail in her eyes through to the tie-dye style background.

I asked artist, Liz Worthington, to color this page and I am delighted as to how she bought it to life. Liz used Prismacolor pencils to color this grayscale page. Prismacolors are an artist quality brand of colored pencils and they are ideal for blending and putting down color.

You will see how Liz has made this picture really pop from the page by the use of bright and bold colors. The rich blue tones on our braided woman’s braids are truly eye-catching.

If you would like to learn more about Liz’s work, visit her artist Facebook page.

If you want to have a go at coloring our braided lady, sign up to our newsletter  (this will ensure you receive new freebies, plus tips and advice for coloring grayscale).

Tips for Coloring Our Braided Lady Grayscale Coloring Page

Here are some tips to help you get started coloring our Braided Lady coloring page:

  • Before you start, plan! Take a look at the key features of the page. We have the lady’s face, her hair and the background. Choose colors which will work together without one overpowering the others.
  • If you don’t want to embark on the complete page, just color the lady and leave the background. This will create an interesting effect.
  • Print out a spare page to use as a test to try different colors and shading. Try coloring a couple of braids first on the scrap paper before moving to the finished page, so you can experiment without fear of ruining your work so far.

And when you have finished, pop into our Facebook group and post your photo there so we can see. We love to see your finished work 🙂

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How Do You Color Your Grayscale Coloring Pages?

grayscale pencils

So how do you color your grayscale coloring pages? Do you love to use your pencils and pens, or are you more a digi sort of colorist?

That’s the great thing about grayscale coloring – and coloring in general. There’s no right or wrong way to go about it. No one way is ‘best’, what works for you is best for you.

If you are happiest grasping your treasured pencils or chalks then that’s what’s best for you. If, on the other hand, you prefer to color using apps and software then that’s going to be what makes your art fly.

How to Color Grayscale Coloring Pages

While there’s no right or wrong when it comes to coloring grayscale coloring pages, there are a couple of coloring rules which are useful to remember. Thse are simply to use light shades on light areas and dark shades on dark areas. Part of this is obvious, a light lemon color just isn’t going to show when laid over a dark black area, however when it is used to shade a piece which is white or predominantly white, the light lemon shade will show through. Likewise, a deep red color will really pop when used to color over a dark area of your page.

Coloring Grayscale on Paper

The type of results you achieve when coloring grayscale coloring pages is going to be determined largely by the paper you use. While great results can be achieved on a variety of paper, if you use very thin and flimsy paper, the results will be less impressive.

You will achieve very different effects depending on the coloring method you chose. Soft pencils, pastels or chalks will give you a softer effect while pens and markers will give a deeper effect. Watch when using markers as they may cause the ink to smudge. If in doubt, do a test on a scrap piece of paper first.

You can also achieve great effects using watercolor pencils. These are similar to use as colored pencils, however when you brush water over the areas you have colored, the colored pigments are released into the water and a painterly effect is achieved.

Digital Grayscale Coloring

If you love digital coloring then there are a wide range of options available to you. There’s an ever increasing number of coloring apps available and many of these will allow you to upload your own images. While some of these apps are basic ‘flood fill’ apps, which means that a block of paint fills the space you click, others closely mimic the real coloring experience, giving you the choice of different brushes and color types. If you are interested in trying this type of coloring app, one of the best is the app called Pigment.

A free coloring applications is MediBang. This is free for desktop, Android and Apple devices. There is a learning curve, but the results you can achieve even on the oldest and rickiest of devices, makes this worthwhile.

And of course, old faithfuls like Photoshop, Paintshop Pro and other applications can all be used to color grayscale coloring pages.

How do you like to color your grayscale coloring pages? Pop over to our Facebook page and let us know 🙂

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Welcome to Lady Grayscale Coloring Pages

Grayscale Coloring Page

Welcome to Lady Grayscale Coloring Pages! If you love coloring grayscale coloring pages you are going to love the Lady Grayscale pages 🙂  I create each page with the grayscale colorist in mind. I ensure that there is plenty of detail and dimension in the designs, but they are not too gray so you don’t have that slight ‘morning after’ look on some of our lovely ladies!

If you are new to grayscale coloring then why not download one of our freebies and give it a try 🙂