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Coloring Pages for Adults

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Coloring page artist /designer for more than 30 years; get printable coloring pages at Lee's web sites (link info on Profile page).

Coloring for adults and teens for relaxation, stress reduction, therapy and art hobby enjoyment

Coloring for adults and teens for relaxation, stress reduction, therapy and art hobby enjoyment

Photo: Kaleidoscope - Giant 22 X 32.5 Inch Line Art Poster by Stuff2Color (see how to buy info below).

Photo: Kaleidoscope - Giant 22 X 32.5 Inch Line Art Poster by Stuff2Color (see how to buy info below).

Detailed Design Coloring Pages

Adult coloring pages and books are one of the best way to relax and be creative.

They are great for reducing stress and setting your mind free. If you loved to color as a child, or you want an interesting hobby that results in a work of art, why not try making your own artwork based on the detailed design books and posters drawn by artists.

You can choose from very detailed patterns and drawings to sketches, abstract images and realistic scenes. Find the level of complexity that fits your style, then add your own colors and patterns and textures.

NOTE: All pages linked from this page are rated G and suitable for viewing by everyone. If you're looking for mature content coloring books for adults you can find a good selection at Amazon or your local bookstore.

SPECIAL NOTE

All samples in this article (except for commercial printed books or posters for sale) are my original artwork or clearly noted public domain images.

You will see many examples of my drawings on this page. I also offer my own original paper crafts, clip art and coloring pages for all ages free (for noncommercial, personal use only) at my web sites (find details in my profile).

My original designs for coloring range from realistic pictures to abstract designs including mandalas, hip retro patterns, travel scenery, posters, Celtic art and tattoo patterns.

Double Vision Peace - Mirror Image Flower Power Word Art Peace Coloring Page

This printable coloring page features a mirror image "PEACE" created in a retro, hippie-style bubble letters font filled with complex paisley designs to color in.

Hippie Peace Poster Coloring Sheet

Peace retro lettering coloring poster

Peace retro lettering coloring poster

Colored Pencils Rule - They're the Number 1 Choice of Colorists - I love my Prismacolor set of pencils for coloring and design work

I draw in pen and ink or on the computer, then add color and shading with colored pencils. I own and use this set of Prismacolor pencils plus I've got a tin of water-soluble pencils that take on the look of watercolors when you brush them with a slightly damp paintbrush.

Art starter drawings for you to finish

My drawing,  Harley chopper coloring page

My drawing, Harley chopper coloring page

Simple farm scene sketch coloring page

Simple farm scene sketch coloring page

Make Art for Yourself

Design Your Own Coloring Pages. How to Make Line Art from Photos

I like to design graphics using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop tools: brushes, fonts and custom shapes.

If you have a favorite snapshot you can convert it into an artistic coloring page with a few simple adjustments in your favorite image editing program or you can trace the image using a light table or by taping the picture to a window and using another sheet of paper over the photo.

If you make art from copied photos, there's no copyright worry, but don't use a photograph owned by someone else to make artwork or illustrations to publish in any commercial publication.

Illustration of chopper motorcycle is my own work, featured at Clip Art and Crafts printable for non commercial use.

Expert Blending and Shading Techniques for Colored Pencils

Framed Mandala Design Sheet

Computer generated mandala design printable

Computer generated mandala design printable

Joy Subway Word Art Coloring Poster

Printable Holiday Poster to Color - Joy Word Art

Printable Holiday Poster to Color - Joy Word Art

Learn Some Fancy Art Techniques - Colored Pencil Shading and Blending Tips

Add artistic touches to your colored pencil art with these tips for shading and blending.

Art Tools Poll - Do you color with crayon, colored pencil, markers, or something else?

Photo Credit: Michael Maggs - coloured pencils photo (Wikimedia). Adult coloring pages look great when you use colored pencils

Photo Credit: Michael Maggs - coloured pencils photo (Wikimedia). Adult coloring pages look great when you use colored pencils

I've always been a colored pencil lover. I color with markers, pastels, paints, pens and crayons, but my first choice of coloring tools is my collection of blendable colored pencils. To get more artsy I use a bit of water on a brush to create a wash, or add outlines and details with fine line permanent ink markers.

Which art tools do you prefer?

Doodle Drawings and Zentangles - Giant Zentangle Abstract Design Coloring Page

Make your own abstract designs by sketching a structured doodle or zentangle like these. It's easy and fun - just watch! These videos have music ... you may want to adjust your volume down, or UP, depending on your mood. I find music helps me open up creatively.

Art Therapy - Free Your Mind - Self Discovery through Art and Coloring

A talented artist and teacher leads you gently back to your childhood art freedom of expression she calls "the drawing mind" to take a journey of self-discovery and personal expression with drawing that you can apply to your day to day life.

Fire Island Lighthouse art sketch for adult coloring art hobby

Fire Island Lighthouse art sketch for adult coloring art hobby

Art sketch coloring page, chickadee bird

Art sketch coloring page, chickadee bird

Jump Start Your Art - Creative Craft Ideas

5 Nifty Projects With Printable Line Art or Coloring Pages

1. Start with a simple outline picture, then work with your favorite graphics editor to add color, patterns and textures.

2. Use a line drawing you like to make a temporary tattoo or design your personal body art.

3. Use unshaded drawings to create your own die cuts for card making or scrapbooking.

4. Project your favorite line drawing onto a wall, pencil it in, then paint a mural!

5. Make stencils and screen print designs from your favorite artworks.

6. Use adult coloring pages as a base sketch for your own paintings. Print onto watercolor paper or printable canvas and start adding your own color and shading.

Do you have an idea to share? Contact me through this site, or post a comment with link in the Guest Book to share!

Sample coloring artwork poster copyright Lee Hansen

Where to Find Printable Adult Coloring Pages

Do you enjoy coloring pictures of mandalas, nature, maps, diagrams, fantasy, fairies or animals? Share your favorites and ideas for coloring book art and crafts here. Don't be shy, the world is filled with adult coloring book enthusiasts..

Visit LeeHansen.com or ClipArtandCrafts.com to view my original art printable posters and coloring pages for adults and teens. (There are plenty of things there for youngsters as well.).

You might also find interesting suggestions for printable Designs to Color at Coloring Fun for Everyone.

Earth and Galaxy Poster - Flammarion Engraving Reproduction as a Line Drawing

Adult coloring poster, Flamarrion woodcut, earth and heavens poster

Adult coloring poster, Flamarrion woodcut, earth and heavens poster

The Flamarrion public domain image is a beautiful, complex design you can make into a hand-colored personal work of art. Reproductions of this 1888 book illustration were popular in the 1970s as full color 36" x 36" art posters. Color in this gorgeous picture with markers or colored pencils. You can have images printed on canvas or paper in large sizes at many local print shops.

Download the redrawn Flamarrion image (by jfrancis at Flickr) or a scanned version of the public domain engraving print available at Wikimedia

5 Creative Crafts to Make with Line Art and Coloring Book Pictures

Complex Celtic coloring page design

Complex Celtic coloring page design

Try these ideas for creative crafts you can make with coloring picture art and line drawings.

1. Use line simple drawings as templates for fabric crafts such as applique or embroidery. Here's an embroidery project created from a simple drawing. It's colored in with, yep, crayons.

2. Print out patterns to use as templates for paper crafts, including designs for cards or collages.

3. Make your own t-shirt or tote bag transfers from pictures you've enlarged and printed, then add color to the designs with fabric paints or heat-set crayons.

4. For a great party activity, print out several design sheets to assemble into a creative "wall of fame" project. Let guests color in the pictures (or embellish with paper, glitter and other materials) and add their signatures. This is fun for everyone and works great as a team-building event.

5. Use line drawings to make unique die cuts for scrapbooking and card making, or try some paper embroidery or cut paper crafts.

How to Make a Coloring Sheet from a Photo - Convert Your Pictures into Sketch Art

Make a coloring page from a photo

Make a coloring page from a photo

Line art created from a photo of my granddaughter when she was a child.

Line art created from a photo of my granddaughter when she was a child.

With just a few easy steps, I made the coloring picture above of my granddaughter in less than five minutes using Photoshop.

If you don't' have Photoshop you can use Picjoke, an online tool that converts any photo into a line art sketch.

Here's a sketch picture I made by converting another photo of my granddaughter to a greyscale image.

Supreme Designs - Body Art - Beautiful Back Tattoo Inspiration

Photo credit: imagefactory from morguefile.com woman's back tattoo body art

Photo credit: imagefactory from morguefile.com woman's back tattoo body art

Anatomy Coloring Books

You can find a large collection of detailed anatomy coloring books at Dover Publications or Amazon. These educational and popular medical references with beautifully detailed drawings actually teach you about the body and its systems as you color.

Coloring on Fabric

Use fabric markers and DIY iron transfers to create unique fashions and home décor items from coloring page art.

Draw Yourself as a Superhero

HeroMachine 3 - draw yourself as a superhero

HeroMachine 3 - draw yourself as a superhero

No-Mess Art - Digital Coloring Pages

These links will take you to sites where you can color and paint using your computer and mouse.

Doodle for Fun

Number ten birthday monogram coloring sheet

Number ten birthday monogram coloring sheet

Letters, Monograms, Initials, Numbers

Artistic Monograms Have Been Popular Since the Middle Ages

For centuries, artists have created "Illuminated manuscripts" carefully lettered with beautifully decorated initial letters on parchment.

Our fascination and love for letters and monograms endures today, in simple and complex designs filled with or surrounded with colored pictures and shapes.

Use these coloring pages with letter and number outlines to color or for crafts and designs. Have fun putting your own doodles and designs inside popular "bubble" letter shapes and number outlines.

Earth Day and Environmental Pictures to Color

Auntie Pollution Water Protection Coloring Page

Auntie Pollution Water Protection Coloring Page

The US National Institute for Environmental Health Services publishes many free resources including a series of coloring books with images for colorists of all ages. Printable PDF pages include lessons and messages about the environment, protecting natural resources and health science topics.

The sample picture above shows a page from one book starring the granny of conservation topics, Auntie Pollution.

Look over the shoulder of other art lovers and sketch artists in this unique collection of personal art pages, sketchbook albums and online free art galleries.

  • Browsing Community Projects on deviantART
    Art - community of artists and those devoted to art. Digital art, skin art, themes, wallpaper art, traditional art, photography, poetry / prose. Art prints.
  • The Bearskinrug Sketchbook
    The online sketchbook of Kevin Cornell. Contains 102 pages of sketches and drawings, presented in a Flash format. Requires 1 computer.

Thanks to Those Whose Public Domain Work Adorns this Article

Pablo Picasso quotation

Pablo Picasso quotation

Image Credits

NIEHS public domain coloring book: Auntie Pollution water and waterfowl protection printable

George Hernandez - Crayola crayons photo (Wikimedia).

Jorge Barrios - wax crayons photo (Wikimedia).

Michael Maggs - coloured pencils photo (Wikimedia).

Lee Hansen / Clip Art and Crafts - Adult Coloring Pages Video

© 2007 Lee Hansen

Guest Book: Coloring Book Fun Is Not Just for Kids! - Comments Please - What 's your favorite coloring page theme?

Kelly Ann Christensen from Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas on December 25, 2019:

Wow! What an extensive hub with so many tips and ideas! My late Grandmother colored clear into her eighties. I was reminded of that this summer when a group of ladies were coloring with color pencils. It really is relaxing and almost therapeutic. I need to watch the blending tips video. Thanks for the awesome article.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 27, 2015:

Lee, cool ideas to keep your creative mind busy. A lot of comments here! Voted up for awesome!

Lee Hansen (author) from Vermont on March 28, 2015:

I enjoy drawing and coloring so much I've got thousands of pages to sort through. Enjoy!

Susan Keeping from Kitchener, Ontario on March 27, 2015:

I just rediscovered coloring :) I find it such a great stress reliever and an excuse to get away from the computer. I have found lots of great pictures to color :)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 25, 2015:

This brought back memories. I would spend hours...hours...hundreds of hours coloring as a kid....my goodness, some of these look like loads of fun. Thank you for a great article.

LisaDH on September 19, 2014:

You're never too old to color!

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on September 19, 2014:

I never realized how many adults like to color. When I was a kid, I loved to draw, but as an adult mother of four kids, I never had time to indulge. These days, I hardly have time for anything but writing....maybe one of these days I can treat myself with some of these things. Love the colors.

Lee Hansen (author) from Vermont on August 13, 2014:

@HwangSeongMina: I draw whatever inspires me when I'm creating my coloring pages for teens and grown ups - hope I'll hit on one of your favorites!

HwangSeongMina from USA on August 03, 2014:

Sounds like fun! I would love to color my favorite fictional characters, since I can't draw.

MissLivvy on May 02, 2014:

Oh my goodness. You've inspired me to take up colouring in again! This is a great lens that I'm sure I'll be revisiting.

Spirality on April 20, 2014:

I love to color simple designs. I find that, for me, intricate designs get too muddled.

Renee Dixon from Kentucky on February 06, 2014:

I still love to color and I'm in my mid twenties :) I don't think I'll ever stop enjoying it- really loved the abstract pages on here!

Jackson Thom from West of Left South Lucky on January 24, 2014:

This is pretty awesome! Great art.

Marcel White on December 17, 2013:

No, I'm not "an adult who enjoys coloring pictures" but after reading your lens I'm tempted to test my abilities. It seems so cool! Thanks.

Lee Hansen (author) from Vermont on December 09, 2013:

@TTDart: I really love making my line art available for others to add shading, textures and details including adding dimension. On my 3D op art coloring pages (check out all the stuff at http://www.leehansen.com/printables/adultcoloring/... there's an even bigger challenge - you really need to concentrate to get your head around some of the illusions.

TTDart on December 08, 2013:

3D pages, you can get really fancy with the shading~

TerriCarr on December 04, 2013:

I think the 3D pages look awesome. I like the geometric patterns the best, I think.

richardrose on October 11, 2013:

I haven't done any coloring for years but my daughter still love it. Will show her this great lens

janey126 on September 12, 2013:

Great lens. It was a pleasure visiting it.

Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on August 28, 2013:

Amazing coloring pages! Wow!

BarbaraCasey on August 16, 2013:

Very cool ideas... especially the DIY info. Thank you!

ivonnemeeuwsen on August 09, 2013:

nice lens! I love the idea of a therapy coloring book.

socialcx1 on July 10, 2013:

Thanks for a great lens. I think that many retired people will find this craft a lot of fun.

Annemarie Robbertse from South Africa on July 01, 2013:

When I was in school, we had to sell these poster to get money for the school. My parents always bought me a poster because I loved them so much. They soon disappeared and no matter where I looked, no one could tell me where to find them. A few weeks ago I found DoodleArt and there they were and they expanded! Unfortunately they are not well known in South Africa and to buy them from Amazon is going to cost me a pretty penny. Even as a grown up I love to colour things in - it is the best stress buster there is!

J-Nevil LM on June 20, 2013:

Amazing! Thanks!

dakadare on May 30, 2013:

Great lens!

anonymous on May 23, 2013:

nice

anonymous on May 13, 2013:

nice blog. interesting!

ejoka on May 09, 2013:

This is such an inspiring and great lens. Thank you for sharing!

Nijabar on April 27, 2013:

When I was younger my dream was to go to Art Academy, but I never did. Now I am teaching my daughter how to draw and she's very gifted :)

brownee lm on April 18, 2013:

This is so much fun! Thank you for the wonderful lens :-)

My favorite coloring pages have to be nature ones, but it has been so long since I have gotten to color!

webscribbler on March 21, 2013:

Saw your comment on the new coloring pages rules ppst and the comments it generated. Had to come and see for myself. Wow. So much cool stuff here to look at. Can't wait to visit again when I have more time. Might send my Mom your way too.

YearningAndHarm on March 12, 2013:

Veeeeery nice! That Flammarion Woodcut was especially fantastic! Makes me want to start drawing in pen & ink again! Thanks for this great lens!

SteppingRasor on March 10, 2013:

I found your lens really great. I use to win prizes as a child for coloring in. I might just try these. Thanks.

anonymous on March 07, 2013:

interesting.. i love your blog.. great post. Your work is very good and I appreciate you and hopping for some more informative posts.

mina009 on March 03, 2013:

Wow, what a huge lense is this! Very good information..

anonymous on March 03, 2013:

An amazing lens! Such a vast amount of designs!

Margot_C on March 02, 2013:

I had no idea such a thing existed. I do enjoy coloring with my nieces and can see how adult coloring pages could be therapeutic. My favorites were the Halloween trio.

racingdatabase on February 21, 2013:

What a wealth of information you've provided - great work! :)

EmmaCooper LM on February 07, 2013:

You've put so much work into this awesome lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

cutethings on February 06, 2013:

A lot of great coloring pages. Thank you.

Tanika on January 31, 2013:

I used to love coloring as a child. This has given me inspiration to start again. Thankyou

anonymous on January 29, 2013:

There are a whole lot of resources here. It may take me a while to get through them all, but right now I like the day of the dead coloring. Thank you.

senterprises on January 28, 2013:

This is BY FAR the largest collection of information I've ever seen on coloring all in one place. All your work has paid off. Nice lens. I'm off to do some coloring ... maybe a superhero, hmmmmm.

rwhite10 on January 22, 2013:

Very interesting lens.

RoadMonkey on January 21, 2013:

What a great lend and so many resources. I loved your zen doodle videos.

Jo-Jackson on January 15, 2013:

Lots of lovely things to look at. I am bookmarking this.

Aibrean82 on January 13, 2013:

I love this! Working in a kindergarden I occasionally sit down with the kids to colour a page or two with them. When mentioning that to my sister some years ago she gave me a My Little Pony colouring book for Christmas. It is a great way to relax, and best of all - you are surrounded by so much colour! Thank you for this lens :)

JerryWojo on January 13, 2013:

Great lens. Never knew adult coloring could be so fun. Thanks

CornellMarCom LM on January 01, 2013:

This is a great lens. Creative and beautiful work. This type of thing helps creativity and relaxation no matter what you do.

cleanyoucar on December 31, 2012:

Love the artwork here, congrats also on the purple star award!

daisychainsaw lm on December 24, 2012:

Love the colouring -in lens! Lots of great info in here, thanks!

mariacarbonara on December 12, 2012:

Such an interesting lens! I remember the days of colouring for hours!

cjbmeb14 lm on December 09, 2012:

Fantastic lens my wife will love this.

Lee Hansen (author) from Vermont on December 08, 2012:

@Torrs13: The fuzzy black posters are still popular - I bought some for my granddaughter this year!

barberrela on December 06, 2012:

Great lens with so much work put into it.

Bob from Kansas City on December 05, 2012:

What an amazing lens... very impressive and enjoyable!

Torrs13 on December 01, 2012:

Definitely a great stress reliever. I used to enjoy coloring the felt posters.

anonymous on November 22, 2012:

HuuuuH Very Nice and very long Lens....Good Job

dawnsnewbeginning on November 22, 2012:

Awesome lens! I have a daughter with four kids of her own and she colors to destress!

oraisoopoopo on November 22, 2012:

Whoa, a beautiful and complex coloring page, love this

mistaben on November 21, 2012:

Wonderful colouring pages. Many thanks for sharing.

GeekGirl1 on November 16, 2012:

i absolutely love doddles!! too bad im not good at them. i cant even visualize them. but i sure do know how to appreciate them :) this just brings out the little kid inside each of us. kudos to this artistic lens!!

CoolFool83 on November 05, 2012:

Such an amazing lense. I love to learn. Thanks.

Totus Mundus on October 31, 2012:

I'd never thought about adult coloring pages, usually just go with what the kids are doing!

jimmyboy88 on October 27, 2012:

will get them for my grandma. she loves it. thanks!

victoriahaneveer on October 26, 2012:

Wow so much on this lens. Good job!

cdgood on October 22, 2012:

This is a wonderful thing! I did not know there was a adult coloring trend going. How great!!!

anonymous on October 20, 2012:

From an artist perspective-Nice lens!

2wice from Maine, USA on October 20, 2012:

I really enjoy Fantasy Drawings. I can not draw them, but I sure can color them.

rawwwwwws lm on October 11, 2012:

Opps, commented too early lol! Thanks for sharing again!

anonymous on October 03, 2012:

Nice posting for kids activities

Lee Hansen (author) from Vermont on October 01, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks so much for the share! Enjoy all the different themes - I add new adult coloring pages to this and my other coloring page lenses and web sites every month.

spids1 on September 30, 2012:

great lens love this!

anonymous on September 30, 2012:

I don't have one favorite theme. These are all just wonderful. I have shared your lens on Facebook because I have several friends who love to color.

etrendw on September 29, 2012:

wow! very nice article and great information, i use to do lot of coloring when i was young :) i will definitely give this info to my daughter she loves coloring.

coolmon2009 lm on September 19, 2012:

nice article and coloring pages

justDawn1 on September 19, 2012:

I don't think I have a favorite theme :)

victoriahaneveer on September 06, 2012:

Love these, especially the Valentines mandala ones - so cute!

dellgirl on September 05, 2012:

Congratulations for being 'Ranked #1 in Hobbies, Games & Toys, and #31 overall'...that's awesome!

webscan on September 01, 2012:

I draw images with MSPaint and I fill in colors.

LysetteDavenport on August 28, 2012:

Just 'cause we're adults doesn't mean we can't still have fun coloring lol... :) great lens!

HomeDecorKnight on August 19, 2012:

awesome lens!

Lee Hansen (author) from Vermont on August 18, 2012:

@funbee lm: Thanks for stopping by - your Aztec coloring page lens is terrific.

anonymous on August 13, 2012:

realy cool! Thnx for share

vanghx on August 09, 2012:

nice coloring pages

anooptu on August 06, 2012:

inspirationnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

looking to draw something.....

funbee lm on July 30, 2012:

sorry to repeat the person below, but I love this lens too! I think coloring is great for all ages, such a soothing activity.

legomanultra on July 30, 2012:

I love pretty much every theme. Thank you for sharing this wonderful information. I do lean towards the fantasy theme though. Again, thank you for sharing.

Liz Samuelson from South Florida on July 23, 2012:

wow! what an amazing article! i pinned it to my pinterest board. i am still relatively new on squidoo. check out my lenses if you have time, thanks, liz

Lee Hansen (author) from Vermont on July 23, 2012:

@magictricksdotcom: The DIY coloring pages from photos is a nice way to create memory pictures of a favorite place or event, or to have a portrait of a loved one that you can paint or color.

Lee Hansen (author) from Vermont on July 23, 2012:

@PippiDust: Nature coloring pages are one of my favorites to draw. I have a Nature coloring page section on my leehansen.com web site.

Lee Hansen (author) from Vermont on July 23, 2012:

@CameronPoe: I have some Day of the Dead coloring pages on my web site and they're very popular. I don't have any original anime ... but I would publish free printables by any artist who wants to share.

Lee Hansen (author) from Vermont on July 23, 2012:

@kathysart: Yes, we all need art in our lives ... thanks for your visit. I admire your art tremendously.

Lee Hansen (author) from Vermont on July 23, 2012:

@anonymous: Years ago I had a huge printed full color poster of this ancient woodcut. I'd love to post a colored in version ... if I have some time I'll color one, or if anyone sends me a photo I'll post it. Nice idea!

mouse1996 lm on July 21, 2012:

Love this lens. Going to look into making some coloring pages now.

Jan 1980 on July 19, 2012:

Wow,I am impressed!This lens is amazing,you deserve this purple star.

anonymous on July 16, 2012:

i would like to see a colored earth and galaxy poster

seorahulchauhan on July 13, 2012:

nice designing guide ................its ossm

Frischy from Kentucky, USA on July 11, 2012:

I have not done much coloring as an adult. I used to enjoy it as a child. If it is that relaxing, maybe I should consider taking it back up! I never knew there were so many choices of pictures to color. Wow!

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