Some colors are more transparent than others. Some colors are very opaque. Test your colors on a separate piece of paper to see how they work together. Too many layers of crayon can make the colors resist each other. This can make it harder to add more color. Use as few colors as possible to get your end result. Scratch out small lines and details (such as hair, the veins in leaves and flowers, etc.) with a craft knife. Crayon is excellent for scratching due to the wax. Do not get frustrated! You will need practice to get the look you want. It's worth it!
These extra sheet of paper will stop your coloring being affected by the texture of the surface you are working on. Colored pencils will easily pick up even the smallest dents, divots or wood grain textures. For smoother coloring give your page that little extra cushion! It is also useful to add paper between your page and the next when you are using a coloring book, the paper protects the design underneath from being damaged.