Next, I began to work on the color. (I don't have pictures of the original coloring process, so I picked a small area and re-colored it for the following examples.)

I wanted the background to be light brown and to look like old paper, but I didn't have any brown paper that was large enough. I decided to try baking a sheet of white paper to see if I could get it to turn the right shade of brown. After several overdone and unevenly browned sheets of paper, I finally got one done just right.

Next, I traced the outline I drew earlier onto my baked paper using a black pen (left). Then I colored it in with the first layer of pencil (center). Then I added a layer of a second color to each flower and started to color over the red petals with a colorless blender pencil (right). A colorless blender is a pencil with a colorless lead which helps smooth and brighten the colors. In this picture, I have only put colorless blender on the three right  petals so that you can see the difference.

Next, I finished going over the red petals with the colorless blender and added a second layer of color to the leaves and vine (left). Then I added a brown swirly design to the background (center) and did some shading around the edges (right). The purpose of the shading was to add to the old look and to frame the area where the text would be .
ACM poster on coloring process page

As I worked, I wrote down the colors I was using. That way, if I needed to go back later and make changes or fix something I would know what pencils to use.

On the right is the border after I finished coloring it. I had made a pretty big blooper though: the lute neck looked like it had been  twisted.

1- Introduction      2- Outline      3- Coloring      4- Blooper Fixing