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Dorsing is colouring with oil pastels.
If you use the Pergamano trade oils they are called Dorso, but any oil pastel will do.
You need to spread the pastel with a medium e.g. dorsoil, lavender oil, almond oil - you get the picture.
Fold a piece of kitchen paper to make a point, add a little oil and spread on the parchment paper. Then use the moist kitchen paper and rub a little pastel on to it. Then rub in a circular motion on your parchment. Use a dry part of the kitchen roll to remove excess pastel and buff up.
If using more than one colour, apply each colour separately and then blend together.
These two cards have been coloured with dorso pastels.
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Are you confused by all the information on the Web?
I was and so I invested in some of Christine Coleman's excellent DVD tuition guides which can be found here. You might be able to pick these up second hand on eBay.
She gives clear, real time lessons and takes you one stage at a time. They come with the pattern sheets too so you can follow along with her and of course, re-run the dvd many times.
I was reluctant to spend a lot of money on paints etc. and was lucky enough to obtain some part used Tinta inks ( you could use any drawing ink). I also had acrylic paints left over from my painting days and a lovely DCer (LizzieS) gave me two packs of Dorso oils. I opted to buy W.H.Smith blendable colouring pencils ( they come in 12, 24 and 36) instead of the quite expensive Polychromos pencils.
Here are some examples comparing the way the different mediums look on the same patterns (from Christine's dvd 2).
Now you've practised hard and are happy with your white work, it's time to throw a spanner in the works and add some colour ;-)
As I've said previously, DON'T go and spend loads of money on paints, inks, pencils etc. until you are sure this is what you want to do.
Raid your child's/grandchild's/neighbours child's pencil case or go to a charity shop and grab yourself some ordinary colouring pencils/water based felt tip pens (don't use alcohol markers e.g. promarkers - they bleed into the paper).
Again it's a case of practising on some scrap parchment/tracing paper.
It's up to you whether you colour on the front or the back; before or after embossing.
Whatever gives you a pleasing result is best (and you can mix and match).
So go on: be bold and give it a go :-)
Here are some examples of adding just a touch of colour;
see how different the first two cards look - they are the same pattern.