[img]I really want to add more depth to my bears faces, I make 4 inch bears so faces are quite small. I usually use fabric pens but I am finding them to harsh and also if I make a mistake it completely ruins the bear, is there something I can use to build up gradual colour. Hannah
Coloured pencils are a really good choice. I started using those for my needle felted bears and they work great. If you want a grey or a blackish shade use a regular HB or B pencils. Another option is to go to an art supply store and pick up copic markers, you can get blenders with these which will thin out the colour. Test it on a scrape piece of fabric. Thin makers that you can pick up at a dollar store can work well too, they usually aren't very good quality so the colour isn't intense, and if you have a really light touch they can work well.
Hope this helps
I dip the color pencil into water before use, that helps to add the color at the fur. Or I use arylic paint. Take a small flat brush (not a round one) and dip it on a tissue before use. For very soft color I use pastels. Take a little powder from the pastels with you brush and bring it to the fur. The color is very soft at the fur and perhaps you have to do it 2 or 3 times. Susan