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Colouring Techniques

 

Here at Selfie, we love thinking of creative new ways to decorate our colour in range of kids clothing. We find that different colouring techniques work well for different designs, depending on whether you want to shade delicately, blend colours, create a 3D feel or make one particular part of the design stand out. In this blog, we’re sharing some of our favourite colouring techniques:

Block Shading:

Let’s start off with the obvious, block shading of items. This can be good for giving a darker shade, making something particularly stand out on an item, for instance this works particularly well with the personalised capes – ensuring that the child’s name is nice and bold in the centre of the design.

Blending colours:

We love a bit of colour blending on our designs, and this works particularly well on tops such as the Unicorn design giving them a multi-coloured mane or blending the colours of the rainbows and shooting stars.

Stripes:

Using stripes can be a great way off adding some more interest to a large space, such as the tie in the Police Officer top, or when filling in text on the capes or on a personalised item.

Dotting:

Dotting can be a fab technique for adding colour without making it too dark or block shading. It can also be used as another way of blending in colour from the edges into the middle on clouds or bigger spaces.

Changing Direction:

This technique is particularly good for the princess, which helps to create the quilted feel to the front of the princess dress. This also helps to create a sense of movement or create the look of texture in the design.

Ombré:

Now we’re getting technical! Ombré is having tones of colour that blend into one another, and this is usually from light to dark or vice versa. This can also be done in a number of colours. A perfect design for adding ombré is the Indian top in the fringing area or the space adventure designs in the fire coming from the rocket and the shooting star!

Leaving white space:

Leaving white space may sound silly when we’re talking about a colour in product, but this can be a really fun way of adding a bit more of a 3D look to certain designs, such as Alice’s sleeves on the Alice in Wonderland design or to create the look of the curve along a dolphin in the Sea Creatures top.

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