Build your colors gradually, and layer them. Apply a light undertone, and build darker colors slowly on top. Crayons can actually be more difficult to layer with due to the high wax content. Don't confuse them with colored pencils! If you want the "look" colored pencil, just use that instead.
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.