Embroidery Tinting with Crayons, Colored Pencils and Paint. When filling an area of embroidery, we usually think of fill stitches like the basic satin stitch or long and short stitch. Another way to add lots of color to your stitching, without lots of labor, is to use a technique known as embroidery tinting.
Crayon Tinting. Using crayons for tinting embroidery is the most common technique. It's easy to learn and most people have at least a few crayons around. Crayons produce a bold color, but you can also work more gently with them, resulting in a lighter tint. Just like coloring on paper with crayons, varying the amount of pressure and layering your coloring creates some very cool shading. That shading gives your embroidery texture and dimension, and it's fun to use with modern or vintage designs.