Then treat yourself to a refresher on color palettes, remind yourself about the color wheel and how certain colors work better together than others. Even take a look at how different colors can evoke different moods and feelings when used in a coloring page. When you have these basic skills down, you will be producing good looking coloring pages. From here you can start to think about more advanced techniques like shading, burnishing and blending colors and begin to work with some of the tools that the coloring professionals use.
Shading with colored pencils presents a challenge because of their waxy consistency. Colored pencil resists smudging with one's thumb, my preferred method of shading with standard pencils. Fortunately, there are some tips for shading with colored pencils that will have you shading like a pro in no time!