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.
For beginners I would suggest either the Staedtler or Faber Castell brand of pencils. These produce significantly better results than bargain bin pencils, provide good colors and allow you to try some simple shading and blending techniques. With practice the best coloring results can even be achieved with the most modest tools!