Adult Coloring – How to Get Started
Hundreds of new beautiful adult coloring books are available, and the vast supply of supplies can be overwhelming.
Adult Coloring Book Supplies for Beginners
Crayons are terrible to color with! I never liked coloring as a kid and now I know why! They don’t sharpen easily and you can never get nice deep colors because the wax builds up so quickly. Don’t even try them in your new books!
Budget-Friendly Adult Coloring Book Supplies
Crayola Colored Pencils (the long ones) u2013 These are a fantastic option, and you can’t beat the price. Marco Raffine pencils are a step up from Crayola, but still a great value. Click here to order from Amazon US, UK, or Canada.
Better Colored Pencils
Polychromos Colored Pencils by Faber-Castell are creamy, smooth, blend easily, and layer forever; the largest tin contains 120 luscious colors, including three metallic pencils; they are not the most expensive, but they are near the top of the list.
Secret Weapon of Colorists.. ssshhhhh!!
Blending pencils are a colorless pencil that helps beginners blend their colors together by pushing the pigment deeper into the paper for more intense coverage. Different ones work better with different pencils and different books, so you’ll have to experiment. Fortunately, they’re not very expensive. The sharper your pencil, the more grooves in the paper will fill in. The Kum Pencil Sharpeners are the best.
Which coloring books are best for beginners?
When you first start out, coloring books will be the best deal; there are books ranging from mandalas to vampires to choose from, and you will quickly learn which ones are your favorites because you will be eager to pick up that book again and again.
My Favorite Gel Pens
I adore Gelly Roll Gel Pens, and my favorites are the Glitters and Metallics (you can’t get all the glitter pens in one package), so if you scrapbook or stamp, this giant box of Sakura Gelly Rolls is a must-have.
74 Sakura Gelly Roll Gel Pens – This Set Contains:
Metallic u2013 14 different colored gel pens, 10 medium, 10 fine. These are my favorite of all the Gelly Rolls. Hands down the BEST glitter gel pens ever made.
Storage for New Colorists
These cute pencil wraps, which come in a variety of fabrics, are my favorite storage for my pencils; see “How to Organize Your Coloring Supplies” for more information.
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What is the best thing to use when coloring?
My favorite combination is to use markers, colored pencils, and gel pens or paint pens on the same page because they all have unique qualities that can be combined to create some really cool effects. Here’s a list of my favorite brands and how I use them!
What kind of paper is best for coloring books?
Actual watercolor paper will give you the best results, as long as your printer can handle it. With super thick paper, such as watercolor paper, a flat feed is required. Many colorists who print on watercolor use student-grade watercolor paper sold in pads, such as Canson.
How do you start adult coloring?
Advice on Coloring
- Practice often because, like anything else, the more you do it, the better you’ll get.
- Work from the outside in.
- Don’t press too hard u2013 instead, build up color.
- Keep your pencils and crayons sharp/keep the caps on your markers.
What are the coloring books for adults called?
Patterns and Designs That Are Intricate
- Joyful Designs Adult Coloring Book by Joy Ting.
- Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC’s Posh Adult Coloring Book.
- Souris Hong-Porretta’s Outside the Lines: An Artists’ Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations.
- Lacy Mucklow’s Color Me Stress-Free.
- Adams Media’s Stress Less Coloring: Paisley Patterns.
How many pages should my coloring book have?
Creating a Coloring Book A coloring book typically has 16 to 60 pages of black-and-white interior line art, such as the page above from Joni McCracken’s Color Your Essence.
How do you bind a coloring book?
The Perfect Binding method is recommended if the coloring book has a high page count. Perfect Bound coloring books are made by gluing the pages and cover together at the spine with a strong, flexible glue, then trimming the other three sides of the book as needed to give it clean “perfect” edges.
How do you make a coloring book?
It’s time to get started!
- Start drawing. Coloring books have bold black-and-white pages.
- Scan. Once the pages are finalized, scan them.
- Print. Print all of the pages in the same size.
- Make a Cover. Adding a cute cover ties your coloring book together.
How can I make coloring more fun?
13 Surprisingly Simple Coloring Activities for Kids
- Color with a variety of materials, not just crayons.
- DIY Frames.
- Make a Book or Keepsake.
- Repurpose Your Coloring Artwork.
- Creative Display and Decor.
- Add “Styles” to Make Coloring Fun for Kids.
- Give a Challenge.
Why do adults use coloring books?
“Adult coloring books are typically geared toward stress relief because they have intricate designs that challenge the fine motor skills and attention span of even the most detail-oriented adults,” according to a statement on the site. “This makes adult coloring pages a fun challenge and something you can lose yourself in.”
What is the point of coloring books?
Coloring books are a type of adult therapy that gained popularity in the 2010s, and they are said to help with developing fine motor skills and vision, reducing anxiety and creating focus, and relieving stress and anxiety in a way that is similar to meditation.
Why adults are buying coloring books?
Adult coloring books have been around for decades, but a massive new industry category has emerged, fueled in part by social media and marketing that associates them with therapeutic goals like anxiety and stress reduction.