After finishing a marker coloring with a planned color scheme, of course it’s time to switch directions.

Today I’m coloring with my smallest set of pencils again. (The Koh-I-Noor Woodless colored pencils.) I find that having only a few shades to choose from allows me to just grab any color and see what happens.

Sometimes things unfold with colors that look lovely together.

And sometimes I like to try to use my lesser used shades. As my pencils get shorter and shorter, the lesser used ones start to look rather unloved – so why not give them a chance to join in.

Here’s another infrequently used shade. Now at this point, it’s pretty clear that I’m not going to have a nicely matched color scheme in this picture – but that’s OK. Colors don’t have to match neatly to form attractive patterns, and there’s something quite satisfying about placing an odd assortment of shades so that they feel pleasing.

Why not be totally daring? I’m going to add another shade.

And one more! So far, so good. I’ll want to try to balance the colors throughout the full picture, but this is quite a nice start. Part of what makes it so nice is that being a little careless while picking colors can feel very freeing. A good pattern will support a lot of color weirdness – so there’s no need to feel that you have to be too precise when selecting shades. Pick ones you like, or pick ones that you might have in abundance or whatever. Tomorrow we’ll see how everything gradually comes together.

(Today’s coloring is from Balance For Crayons And Wide Tipped Markers.)