Remember the joy of coloring when you were a child?
You got to pick your favorite coloring book, and then flip through the pages to find the perfect picture. You could choose just the right colors and experience the feel of crayons or markers moving across the paper. Then you had the satisfaction of adding color to an otherwise black-and-white image, transforming it into something that was uniquely you and not caring whether or not you stayed in the lines.
The process was fun, creative and, most importantly, stress-free.
Lucky for us, the coloring trend now caters to grownups too.
Adult coloring books are a huge movement these days, with crafters and non-crafters alike reaching for pages to color. While non-crafters espouse the benefits of mindfulness and anxiety relief, card makers see how coloring offers relaxation with a practical twist. You can use your existing supplies like pens and colored pencils, stamping inks and markers to create beautiful images to put on the front of a card.
What’s the difference between those books you had as a kid and today’s adult coloring sheets? Two things: First, the paper used for grown-ups will be a finer quality, designed to accept wet medium like markers better than the thinner paper used for kids’ books. Second, the designs will be more sophisticated than the farmyard animals I remember from days gone by. Look for elegant florals, stylish steampunk images, even images with mandala-like symmetry.
And while some adult coloring sheets are in books just like those for kids, others are sized perfectly as card toppers.
The 5 x 6-inch, single-sided coloring sheets used here are from Hot Off The Press. They’re created for card makers, designed to be colored and then matted and placed on the front of a card. Rather than having a large coloring book page, you have a quicker, more manageable project that can go straight on a card front!
Coloring Technique #1: Pens
Think of coloring and your first inclination is probably to pick up a few colored pens.
Pens and markers are great coloring mediums—easy to use and readily available. In fact, you probably already have some on hand. Alcohol markers like Copics® and Spectrum Noir are ideal for bold, vivid color. They’re easy for both beginners and more experienced colorists as you can use them for simple coloring, or for shading and blending as you wish. And while the color may bleed through the coloring sheet, it doesn’t matter much if you’re gluing it to the front of a card.
When choosing pens, I always suggest you opt for those with a dual tip—one larger tip for bigger images and backgrounds, plus a detail tip for smaller areas.