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.
Colored Pencil Tinting . Embroider the design as desired. Tinting with colored pencil is similar to working with crayons. The result is much softer and it works well for blending color. The color is less colorfast than other tinting methods, so reserve this technique for embroidered items that won't be washed.