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Getting Started With Coloring Page Projects
If you like to color in coloring books, you may wonder what or how to use your coloring pages to create projects. These are projects that you can gift to others or keep for decor in your own home or office.
The first thing is that you need some coloring pages. There are books all over the internet and in your local craft store. Look for coloring books with good strong pages that you can use in the future for projects. Hold your hand behind the page, If you can see your hand, the paper is too thin. If you like to use watercolors or watercolor pens, make sure to get a watercolor coloring book. The paper in these types of books is made specifically to hold up to water.
You can also get lots of free coloring pages on the internet. Print coloring book printable pages in your favorite browser. If you want something specially themed, type in what you are looking for. Print as many pages as you want. Laserjet printers are best. Let the pages dry for several hours or overnight to avoid any smearing.
Test any markers that you are planning to use before you get started on your projects. Colored pencils work just fine.
In general, you will want to add decoupage like Mod Podge to your finished project to keep the page from ripping or falling apart. Usually, you will need at least two coats of the product. In some cases, you might want to add an acrylic spray also.
Have fun with your projects. Enjoy the process. Happy Crafting.
Printing Coloring Pages
When you are doing coloring page crafts, you are going to want to make multiple copies of the pages. You may also find yourself printing pages from the internet to complete projects. All this printing uses ink pretty quickly.
You can also find coloring pages in just about any theme throughout the internet. So, in essence, you really never have to buy a coloring book unless you want a specific artist or deign.
Laser Printers Whenever Possible
I have always been an inkjet crafter, but l also see the value of using a laser printer as well. A laser printer uses toner which is a lot more economical than the ink cartridges, You can get a monochrome laser printer for under $100 these days. If you used that printer for your documents and coloring pages, you would come out ahead in the long run. You could then use your inkget printer for printing pictures and projects that need color in them.
If you only have room for one printer, I would go with the full-color laser printer.
Laser printing has many more advantages. They are faster, quieter, more precise, and the prints you get will be sharp and crisp, with no ink bleed. If you color with alcohol markers, you may have noticed that they sometimes cause the printed black lines to smear or bleed. You won’t have this problem with laser-printed toner.
Tips For Inkjet Printers
When you’re printing coloring pages, you only need to use black ink or toner. Strange as it sounds, many inkjet printers will use a mix of color ink even when printing pages with nothing but black unless you specifically set the printer to use black ink only. (This creates a rich black that isn’t at all necessary for coloring pages.) Many printers have a separate black ink tank, and setting the printer to only use the back ink means you won’t be wasting money replacing the color tanks as often.
In addition, many printers will offer a draft, ink-saver, or economy mode that can help you save even more ink and toner. Look for all of these settings under the properties, advanced, or options buttons after invoking the print command in your software.
Check under paper quality and look for the Econo mode option.
Setting The Paper Type
Make sure that you are setting the correct paper type to get the best print on your paper. You need to change the paper type if you are going say from printer paper to cardstock or watercolor paper.
Depending on your printer, you may find these settings under the advanced printer properties from the Print dialog box, or through the on-screen controls of the printer itself, or both.
Always consider what you are using to color your pages when it comes to printing pages. Colored pencils will work on almost any kind of paper.
Watercolors need watercolor paper and you will need a laser printer so that the ink does not bleed.
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Coloring Tips And Ideas
We wanted to share a few ideas on using different media on your coloring pages. These should help you as you take steps forward in your personal artistic journey.
- You can use a blender marker to smooth out the streaks in color. Blender markers are thick, colorless alcohol-based marker that helps artfully blur your lines as well as create shading effects.
- Brush tip markers are particularly useful, as they enable the artist to draw with thick or thin lines and are incredibly helpful for intricate detail work.
- When blending marker colors, starting with the lightest color in your palette is critical. You can layer more colors on top in descending order from lightest to darkest using small strokes.
- To uphold your paper’s integrity, always use it as the light of a touch as possible.
You can color your pages with pan pastels. They have a lovely soft look.
- Quickly color large areas that blend together beautifully.
- Works on any paper because it is a dry medium.
- Try “buffing” with a paper towel or tissue to push color further into paper. Color can also be protected with any spray pastel fixative.
- Apply a PanPastel base layer to make shading easier and quicker.
- Keeping a sharp point on your pencil is the best way to force color into the tiniest cracks of the page. A fine tip means that you won’t apply color to as large an area at once. However, it will also mean that you can force pigment deep into the areas that would otherwise remain white (and later create the white grainy texture you’re trying to hide).
- You always want to work from the lighter area to the darker area when shading. It is simple to add pigment to the page if needed, but much more difficult to take it off. It can also be tough to hide your pencil strokes toward the lighter end of the gradient since you’re trying to avoid laying down too much color. You can’t go back over your strokes to mask them since the area needs to stay light. A white-colored pencil can come in handy to help hide those pencil marks in lighter areas.
- As you keep applying color to the same spot, you’ll eventually get to the point where nothing more can be added. The area will take on a waxy shine and will have a different feel as you color over it. This technique is called burnishing. Burnishing is a great way to get very solid colors with little to no graininess. However, once an area has been burnished, there’s no going back. The page cannot accept any more pigment, so the burnished color is pretty much set in stone. Make sure you have the right shade and hue before you burnish the page.
- Add a small amount of baby oil or rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball and rub over areas you want to blend.
General Coloring Tips
- Preventing the underlying color of the page from showing through takes a lot of time and repetition.
- Use pressure to add more pigment to the page when shading, but avoid applying too much too quickly. The tooth of the paper will only take so much pigment.
- To create blocks of intense color, hold the pencil in an almost vertical position and press down hard on the paper.
- Use the scrambling technique. Move the pencil in circular marks, layering color as you go. This technique is very versatile, working well to create distinct textures or smooth, blended areas.
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How To Seal Your Coloring Book Projects
Most of these projects will use a decoupage medium like Mod Podge to permanently seal the coloring pages and preserve them.
The issue for some mediums for coloring is that once you apply the decoupage glue. there may be some smearing of the color.
Here are the types of medium that will be consistent with your decoupage glues:
- Ballpoint pens
- Colored pencils
- Chalk pencils
- Copic marker
- Crayola crayons
- Faber-Castel artist pens
- Lead pencils
- Liquitex paint markers
- Memento LUXE ink pad
- Montana acrylic paint pens
- Ranger Archival Ink
- Rust-oleum stain marker
- Prismacolor Premier markers
- Sakura Cray-Pas oil pastels
- Sharpie oil-based marker
- Sharpie regular marker
- StazOn ink pad
No matter what medium you chose to use, always do a test strip. That means using a piece of scrap paper. Add some color to the paper, then use the Mod Podge over the paper. Allow to dry. Once died check for smearing.
Which Mod Podge Formula To Use With Coloring Page Products
There are some formulas that will work better with your coloring page products than others.
Always use the hard coat formula for any furniture projects
Gloss, matte and satin formulas will work on all other projects. You decide which finish you prefer.
Always use a foam brush to apply the decoupage medium. You will get a better, more even coat with fewer brush lines.
Create A Gift Bag With A Coloring Page
You can use your coloring pages to make a custom gift bag for birthdays, anniversaries, and seasonal gifts. The first thing to decide, depending on the size of the bag, is if you are making the whole gift bag with the coloring page, Or, the other option would be to just use the page on the front of the bag.
You can get lots of colored bags at your local dollar store. You can also look around at what bags you may have. Many of them can be repurposed to your needs. Even if the bag has some other logo, it can be covered over with your coloring pages.
You can use the entire page on your bag or elements of it on your gift bags.
Michaels has gift bags that have printed coloring pages on them. You can color the gift bags yourself or give some markers or crayons as an extra gift.
Where to Get The Coloring Pages For Your Gift Bags
You can use a page from your coloring book by copying the page on your printer. Or you can rip the page from your coloring book to use on the bag. If you are copying the page, make sure that the page lays as flat as possible.
If you are cutting the page out, use a ruler and a craft knife to get the straightest and most even cut.
Another alternative for this project is to print a coloring page from your browser. Just go to your favorite browser and type in printable coloring pages. Then click images. You could refine your search by typing in Christmas (or whatever topic you need) printable coloring page. You will have plenty of options to choose from.
Options For Your Gift Bags
- You can use the entire page or just individual pieces from the page
- You can color the entire page or just color parts of the design
- You can cover both sides of the bag or just one side
- You can add embellishments like buttons, glitter, and ribbon
- For smaller bags, just add a few individual elements
- You can use any left over coloring pages pieces for gift tags
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Make A Coloring Book Gift Tag
You can make amazing gift tags with your coloring pages. Tag punches make this project so easy to finish in minutes. Cut the tag from your coloring page with the tag punch. Then cut another tag with some heavy cardstock. Glue or tape the two pieces together. Punch a hole in the top and add some ribbon or twine to complete your tag
You can use coloring pages that you already have or you can find gift tags on the internet that you can print, color and use. Just go to your favorite browser and type in the coloring page gift tag. Print what you like on heavy (80 lb or more ) cardstock.
- Coloring pages in the theme of your choice
- Paper tags in different sizes
- Glue, glue stick, or double-sided tape
- A metallic marker
- Colored string or ribbon
- Washi tape
- Choose the coloring page you would like to use. You can use the actual page or make a copy on a laserjet printer. You can use any printer if you have already colored it.
- Trace the tag onto the uncolored page with a pencil. You should be able to get several tags from one page.
- Cut out the designs
- Glue the cut out coloring page to the tag (you can use a glue stick, glue or double-sided tape)
- Write the to and from on the back of the Tag
- Punch a hole in the top of the tag if there is not one already there
- Thread some string or ribbon to hold the tag on the package
- Make sure that your tags are on the medium to heavy cardstock
- You can cut a lot of tags on your electronic cutting machine. You can also cut the coloring page on that same machine. Layout your tag shapes on the canvas Then hit make. You should be able to fit and rearrange the tag shapes to fit your coloring page.
- Mandalas work well for this type of tag.
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Make A Bow With A Coloring Page
You can make these bows in less than 15 minutes !
1 colored page
Hot glue gun /double sided tape or glue dots
1. Cut pieces of the coloring page into pieces about 3/4 inches wide and 8.5 inches long. You will need 8 per bow,
2, Lightly bend each piece in half. Add a dab of glue or adhesive and twist around the back to make a bow shape. Do this on both ends. This makes a figure 8.
3. Attach the bow pieces. Four of them create the base. Three create the second layer and one creates the top.
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Customize Furniture With Coloring Pages
Give new life to old furniture using coloring pages. While this project will take a little time and effort, the results are amazing.
You will need to clean the furniture and give it a coat of white paint. Then you will want to add a coat of underpainting in the color of your choice.
You will need multiple copies of the same pattern. So, my suggestion is that you make copies of the page you are planning to do. The number of pages needed will depend on the size of the piece you are working on.
Colored pencils would be the media of choice for this project. Make sure to leave the background white. The colors should be bold, so make sure that you use enough pressure to get good solid color in each section of the design.
Make An Envelope
You can make the most beautiful envelopes from the pages that you color. Since most coloring book pages are printed on both sides, you will already have an instant lining for your envelope. You can use these for junk journals or for slim line greeting cards.
Prepping The Project
Make a copy and print your coloring book page on a medium weight cardstock
- One business-size envelope- used or not
- Coloring book page
- Liquid glue
- Open your business envelope on all the seams and lay flat on your work surface.
- Brush on a generous coat of glue-sealer-finish (DecouPage) onto the envelope and the photocopies (backside).
- Adhere the envelope to the papers and let that dry.
- Once the papers were dry, trim the excess around the edges of the envelope.
- Brush on another coat of sealer onto what is the inside of the envelope and let it dry.
- Once the project is dry, assemble the envelope back together. Follow the grooves to create the folds.
- Use a bone folder to make the lines crisp.
- Adhere the envelope sides with glue or glue dot runners
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Make A Postcard With Your Coloring Pages
It is so easy to create a postcard with your coloring pages. You can get several postcards from one coloring page. These are great to send.
- A postcard template
- Heavy white cardstock
- Coloring Pages
- Glue or double-sided tape
- Print the postcard template onto a piece of cardstock
- Cut the template
- Glue or tape the coloring page onto the template
- Cut the coloring page to size to fit the template
- Write a message and add a stamp
- Share your art with someone special
- You can create several postcards at the same time by copying the template more than once
- You can use a paper trimmer to cut down your postcards
Create a Storage Container
It is always a smart idea to recycle whenever possible. Your coloring pages can be used to create colorful storage containers for just about anywhere in your home. I like to use them to cover tine cans that hold my pencils and tools in my craft area. You can also use them to hold paint brushes, crayons, make up and more.
Can come in different sizes, so you can decide which one fits your needs.
Measure around your can and cut the coloring page to fit around it. If the coloring page does not fit around the can, you can first use a colored or white card stock.
Use double sided tape to fit around the piece of paper and adhere it to the can. Add some washi tape around the top and bottom or some fringe.
Create Decorative Plates
Mandala coloring has grown very popular! These round shapes are perfect to create a very special glass decorative plate. You can get inexpensive glass plates at your local dollar store. You would not eat on this, but it would be lovely as a decorative piece.
- Clear glass plate
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush
- Clear matte spray
- Color and cut out the mandala.
- Turn the glass plate over
- Apply a coating of Modge Podge to the back of the plate.
- Center and place the mandala with the colored side facing away from you. That way you can see the design on the front.
- Smooth it to make sure that there are no bubbles.
- Apply another coat of Modge Podge.
- Allow drying time
- Let it sit for a couple of days
- Apply a coat of clear matte spray protectant and allow to dry
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Decorate A Flower Pot
Show off your coloring skills be decorating a flower pot with your creations. These would be super cute if you used flowered or floral coloring pages. Just apply your pages to a clean pot with Modge Podge. Apply several coats to the top of the paper. While you would not want to use these outdoors, it sure would be a lovely personal touch on your home.
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Make Festive Christmas Ornaments
These scalloped edge Christmas Ornaments are a perfect addition to your family traditions. They are a smart way to recycle your coloring experience into something your family will enjoy for years. You can use your coloring pages or opt for printed and solid-colored cardstock.
Prepping The Coloring Book Paper
You should do prep for this project to either copy and print the coloring book page onto heavy cardstock. Or glue the page to a piece of cardstock by spreading glue evenly on the paper. Then apply the coloring book page. Use a brayer to make sure the form is solid for the report.
- Coloring pages or printed card stock
- Solid colored card stock
- Large circular shapes or punches
- Decorative scissors, pinking shears, or straight scissors
- Use a circular shape ( a cup for example) or a punch, trace, and cut 8 circles.
- Fold circles in half. Use a bone folder to crease your lines
- Apply glue to one side of the solid color paper evenly.
- Apply the glue side to the printed paper or paper from your coloring book.
- Continue altering the paper till you have completed your circular ornament
- Allow the ornament to dry
- Attach a piece of ribbon for a hanger
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Make A Bookmark With A Coloring Page
Making a bookmark with a coloring page is an easy craft to create. You can give these as gifts with a book, add to the front of a gift package or just send one with a letter or card. Photocopying the image of your coloring page onto heavy cardstock makes the bookmark stronger. You can also laminate your bookmark to make it last longer.
There are actually images that you can print on your home printer. Just go to your favorite browser. Type in a coloring book bookmark and your options will pop up, It is better to print these on a laserjet printer. Make sure to allow several hours or overnight to allow time for the ink to dry. That will avoid any smudges.
- Heavy white or cream cardstock
- Hole punch
- Photo or print the coloring page
- Turn the copy to the back
- Use a ruler and a pencil to draw the shape and size of the marker
- Cut the bookmark with your scissors
- Punch a hole in the top of the bookmark
- Attach the tassel
- You can use a corner rounder to round the corners of your bookmark
- You can laminate the bookmark to give it an extended life
- You can glue your bookmark to a piece of cardstock
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Easy To Make Coloring Book Coasters
Make Coloring Book Coasters
These are so easy to make. With very little effort, you can create a custom gift. You can use the same page by copying and printing it on your computer. To avoid any smudging use a laserjet printer. Allow your copies to dry overnight or at least several hours.
- Square or round tiles from your local home improvement store
- Mod Podge Lustre or Matte
- Foam brush
- Felt (optional)
- Trace the outline of your coaster on the back of your coloring page and then cut them out giving a little more space than the line.
- Place a layer of Mod Podge on your tiles and wait about 1 minute before putting your coloring page on the design side up. Then place a smooth layer of Mod Podge on the top of your picture. Using your finger smooth the edge so that the little extra folds down.
- Wait at least 20 minutes or until it's tacky and then place another coat. Repeat this step 2 more times for a total of 4 coats.
- Admire your new coasters! It's best to make sure they are completely dry and no longer tacky before using. Also adding a piece of felt to the bottom will protect your wooden furniture from scratches. To add felt. First, trace the coaster, then cut slightly inside the line so the felt is slightly smaller. Then add MP to the bottom of your coaster. Wait 1 minute then place the felt under your coaster, let it dry and it is ready to use!
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Wrap A Flameless Candle With A Coloring Page
For this craft, you need to use translucent vellum paper instead of standard coloring weight paper. You are going to print a coloring page onto the vellum. A laser printer works best for this, but you can use an inkjet printer also. If you use inkjet, I’d suggest printing in “draft” or “ink-saver” mode and letting the paper dry overnight before you start coloring it. Print more than one sheet of the same design.
- Flameless Candle-If you do not have a flameless candle, you could use a glass cylinder candle holder with a tea light in it, These are readily available in any dollar store.
- Alcohol markers work best to color the vellum. Colored pencils would work too.
- Translucent Vellum
- Double-sided tape
- Tape measure
- Scissors or paper trimmer
- Print your coloring page design. (see the tips at the top of the page)
- Measure around the candle to make sure that the paper will go all the way around and cover it. (you can just wrap the paper around the candle to make sure) Trim any excess paper away with a trimmer or scissors.
- Lay the page on a flat surface and color the page with markers or colored pencils. Allow the page to dry completly.
- Apply thin double-sided tape to the backside of the coloring page. You could also add some tape to the top, middle, and bottom of the pages if desired,
- Remove the backing from the double-sided tape and carefully line up the paper against the candle and press it in place.
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Final Thoughts On Coloring Page Projects
We have really just scratched the surface on this topic. How much fun can it be to see your art every day on these creative projects? What joy you will give to someone when you give them a gift that is one of a kind made just for them.
I love to use my coloring pages on a host of projects instead of just leaving them on a shelf. We will be sharing more ideas in the near future. In the meantime, Happy Crafting !
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