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Unicorn Coloring Technique

On the hunt for coloring techniques with colored pencils? This will make you look at coloring differently.

Unicorn Coloring Technique
Unicorn Coloring Technique
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New coloring techniques are so much fun to practice! Learn how to color using the unicorn coloring technique. Unicorn coloring is a technique we invented here at FaveCrafts that involves rainbow colors and glitter! You'll want to color little splotches, almost like cow prints, that blend neatly into one another. Choose a corner of the image and move to the opposite corner as you color. Start with red and then move through the rainbow, changing colors as you slowly move across the image. Make sure you press lightly so the colors blend smoothly! Once finished, add the final detail glitter! Every coloring page can be magical with this fantastical technique.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueColoring


Project TypeLearn a Technique

Materials List

  • Set of colored pencils in rainbow colors
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Coloring page (I used this one)

Unicorn Coloring Technique


  1. Don't press too hard with the colored pencils!

  2. Hold the pencil at an angle so you get soft strokes instead of hard lines.

  3. Start in the upper lefthand corner and gradually color towards the bottom right.

  4. Color in a sort of splotchy way---almost like a "cow print!" Have fun with it!

  5. Color in "rainbow order"---you don't want colors that don't blend well to mix and turn brown.

  6. To finish, add a bit of glitter to your image! I added blue glitter where there was blue color on the page. You can choose any glitter colors you like! Silver would be very magical.

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I do the adult coloring books. I have not done mine since the dead of winter, though, and seeing this is like it will breathe new life to my work. I wonder how she came up with this? I like the addition of the glitter idea! so I would add glue carefully to the area, perhaps a glue stick or glue pen, then shake loose glitter? I know they have glitter glue in pens, though, too!

You know, I think it would be a fun idea too to color with colored pencil and then use a glitter gel pen to add sparkly accents to certain areas! Loose glitter REALLY pops though, even more than in glitter glue!

I have not seen this coloring techinque used yet but it is so unique and I like the way it seems to give depth to the picture and the glitter gives it that pop. A great rainy day craft to do with the kids or for when you have your grandkids. I must get the supplies to have them do this.


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