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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.
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.
Perfect Printer For Your Documents And Coloring Pages
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.