Thursday, April 30, 2015

Make Your Own Coloring Book

drawing paper
carbon paper
magazines or pictures
memo clips
permanent pen

I found out that my friend liked to do coloring books with her niece, and when I looked for some coloring books, I couldn't find one that I liked. I decided to make one for her.  

First I made a little book from some drawing paper and cardstock. I cut up the paper and cardstock for the cover to make a book the size of half a short piece of coupon bond.

This is the cover.  I stapled the pages together.  Simple!  If you don’t have a stapler that can do the job, you can sew the pages together.

Here are the inside pages.

The cardstock I chose has a different print on the inside.

Next, I chose different pictures to trace on to the blank pages. I used carbon paper.

Here is the traced picture.

Another picture I traced.

After tracing, I went over the tracing with a permanent pen. I used a .4 Pigma Micron Pen.  I made sure not to touch the tracing with my hand because I didn’t want to create smudges on the paper. 

Here’s a finished page.

I also made some drawings to add variety.

Making your own coloring books is a lot of fun!  You can even search for pictures on the web of birds and make a bird coloring book, or houses, or whatever theme you like.

If you don’t want to trace or draw, you can find a lot of printables on the web. 

Start here:

Did you know that adult coloring books are a global trend?  British illustrator Johanna Basford who created “Secret Garden”, a coloring book for adults, has sold about 1.4 million copies and it has been translated into 14 languages!  READ ABOUT HER

So give your phones, iPads and computers a rest and do something with your hands!  It’s going to waken the artist in you! It’s also a great way to rest from the busyness of the world!  

*Caution: Please make sure not to sell images found on the web unless it is explicitly stated that it is free to be used for sale!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Papemelroti's owner and artist Patricia Paterno has been married for many years to a man with a good heart. They have one son who is as funny as his dad. She has been working in the family business since she was 11. When she gets home from work, she stays in her craft room and makes collages, scrapbook layouts, ATCs, and thinks of ways to re-use things normal people would throw away. Visit her arts and crafts blog.  She wants to be passionate about God's passions so she also made a blog, Hebrews 13:3, about their service in the QC Jail.

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