Coloring Book Images
One of the hottest trends in the craft world right now is coloring books for grown-ups. You can’t go to a gift shop, craft store or even a pharmacy without seeing coloring books that are geared toward teens and adults. The themes of the coloring books vary greatly, from Bible verses to aquatic animals and flowers. Most of the coloring books are black line-art images printed on white paper.
One great thing about the coloring books is that you can use any coloring medium you enjoy. The paper used in most books is nice and thick. You can use any type of marker and even watercolor paints without destroying the paper. I recommend placing a piece of cardstock or cardboard under the design you are coloring if you are leaving it in the book, just in case the color bleeds through. Colored pencils and crayons are always a great choice for filling in the designs.
Make It a Card
Most coloring books have 8 x 10-inch or 8 x 111/2-inch pages. These designs are enjoyable to color but can’t really be used in card making. Companies are very aware that card makers enjoy coloring. It’s a natural fit to design products geared directly to card makers. Publishers have come out with preprinted cards with images ready to color. You can also find preprinted tags, stickers and bookmarks perfect for coloring. Color the image before mailing the card, or send it to a friend so she can color it once it is received. If you are in a pinch for time, color in a small portion of the image, such as the sentiment, and then send it on its way. The impact of the color pop against the black-and-white design provides a nice design element.
Pick Your Style
Many stamp manufacturers have come out with a coloring book design or two to add to their library of products. Also, take a look at stamps you may already own. You can combine images or repeat the same image to create a similar look without having to purchase anything additional.
Zentangle is a fun doodling style of drawing featuring abstract designs drawn on white paper with a fine-tip black pen. You can zentangle or doodle your own designs to create one-ofa-kind coloring book images that are customized to the recipient. If you doodle or stamp your own design, make sure to use a permanent or smudge-proof ink. That will ensure that when you color your design, you won’t be limited to a particular type of marker or coloring medium.
Printables to Color
Another thing to check out are the free printables on the internet. You’ll find many black-and-white or line-drawing coloring book images out there that you can print at home on cardstock. The nice thing about a printable is that you can resize it to fit the front of a card.
Kids of all ages will enjoy the coloring book designs that are a bit more detailed than the simple sunshine designs and flowers we colored as kids. The portability of the trend is another positive aspect. Grab a coloring book or a few images, colored pencils and markers and find some time for yourself to sink back into the fond memories of childhood.