The idea is to fill an area by coloring the fabric behind the embroidery. Usually, this means that only the outline is embroidered, with some details added. However, tinting isn't only for coloring inside the lines. Many artists use this technique to create spectacular backgrounds, borders, and accents for their embroidery work.
There's also a kind of colored pencils that's called water_coloured pencils. The way of application is just the same as colored pencils. However, with this media you can achieve a watercolor effect by dipping a brush in water and brushing along the colored areas with it. It's actually a fun media to try especially if you want to use a watercolor but find the mixing with water hard. It's easy to use as well.