Hidden Coloring

by Lydia Fiedler

Create the look of smooth pencil blending without all the work.


  • Duralar .005 Matte Film
  • Polychromos Pencils or similar
  • Floral image with large spaces for coloring (Gina K. Delightful Blooms used here)
  • Ink that is suitable for non-porous surfaces (Altenew Mixed Media Ink and Stazon used here)


  1. Step 1

    Using a MISTI, stamp your image in an ink suitable for non-porous surfaces onto a piece of Duralar .005 matte film.

  2. Step 2

    Flip the stamped Duralar over and start coloring on the back of the stamped image with your first shade of Polychromos Pencil.

  3. Step 3

    Repeat with the second color - and remember - you don't need to do much blending - this is a quick coloring method.

  4. Step 4

    Add any additional colors you'd like.

  5. Step 5

    Flip the Duralar over and check to see if you need to adjust your blending.

  6. Step 6

    Finish your card. You may want to layer the image over darker cardstock for more contrast.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Hidden Coloring. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Oh my word, Lydia!! This is amazing!! I have a hard time blending colored pencils but this will be completely "do-able" for me! Question: Could you use Prisma pencils in place of the Polychromos? Also, where could you purchase the Duralar?
jmhoffmann  |  Wed May 26, 2021 at 2:58 AM
PS...checked your blog and got my answer to where you can purchase the Duralar!!
jmhoffmann  |  Wed May 26, 2021 at 3:01 AM
I think you could use any colored pencil, honestly. I haven't tried Prisma, but the surface of the Duralar makes blending a snap
lydia  |  Wed May 26, 2021 at 6:04 AM
Can I use vellum in place if the duralar?
muscrat  |  Wed May 26, 2021 at 7:47 AM
Very pretty card. Cant wait to try it.
tjdstampsalot  |  Wed May 26, 2021 at 7:57 AM
how did you "glue/fasten" duralar to card?
bcanfield  |  Wed May 26, 2021 at 8:08 AM
What is the equivalent of this film in the UK? Looks interesting but have no idea what this film is?
janetannc  |  Wed May 26, 2021 at 1:10 PM
janetannc you might try a search for drafting film - it is used by a number of colored pencil artists. I found this information, which might help narrow your search: "Matte Dura-Lar is only available in .005”, coated on two sides with an economical grade coating. Drafting Film is available in .003”, .004”, .005”, .007” coated one or two sides and is a professional grade coating."
dina  |  Wed May 26, 2021 at 4:13 PM
OOoooOOooooo. Lydia! I use Duralar, too! It's way less expensive than Yupo and it works with alcohol inks. I love the translucence of it. It's thicker than most vellum but has the frosty look. The colors you picked are beautiful together. Thank you for the video tutorial!
KonaRose  |  Thu May 27, 2021 at 9:44 PM
still no response -- what adhesive do you use to adher the duralar to your card stock without it showing through to the right side?
bcanfield  |  Fri May 28, 2021 at 9:19 AM

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