Color­ing Book Images

CardMaker - - CONTENTS - By Kim­ber McGray

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.

Color­ing Prod­ucts

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.

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