Do you love coloring?
I know I do. It’s such a fun and easy way to relax … kind of brings you back to childhood!
Although I love my coloring books, sometimes it’s fun to make my own coloring sheets. And believe it or not, it’s not all that difficult.
Keep reading to learn how you can create your own coloring pages, too!
CREATE YOUR OWN COLORING PAGES
DIY coloring pages are so much fun to make. They make a fun gift, and they’re a great addition to any event (think baby showers, family reunions, birthdays, and more)
There are a few ways you can make custom coloring pages:
- Drawing the images.
- Using clip art and fonts.
- Converting photos into coloring pages.
I’m going to show you how to do it all three ways, and I’ll even share some tips for creating personalized coloring books. And don’t worry, I have plenty of tricks that make it easier than you’d think.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN COLORING PAGES
We’re going to talk about hand drawn coloring pages first. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- inspiration (Mine was “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell … love that song!)
- printer paper and/or tracing paper
- pencil and pencil sharpener (I used a “cute” pencil below, but a better quality drawing pencil will make the process much easier. I highly recommend Staedtler or Faber-Castell.)
- eraser (Mars Plastic Erasers are my fave.)
- painters tape (or another low tack tape)
- fine point black marker (I used a Sharpie in these pics, but Micron Pens are a better choice since they don’t bleed.)
- scanner and printer
To begin, draw a rough sketch of your layout. It doesn’t need to be perfect, and you can move things around later. You’re just creating a guide.
For this coloring page, I wanted the song lyric on the bottom with a large heart taking up most of the page. In the center of the heart, I quickly sketched some mountains and a river to reference the song lyrics.
Once you have a rough sketch, you’ll begin adding details and sharpening up your drawing bit by bit.
Tape your initial drawing to a window (or use a lightbox). Place another piece of paper over it, and trace neatly over the main elements. (Alternatively, you can use tracing paper, which is much easier … no window needed!)
After you’ve traced the drawing, remove it from the window. Working on a flat surface, add more details to your sketch. When you get to the point where some parts of your drawing are working and some parts aren’t, tape the new drawing back up to the window.
Trace over only the areas that you like. Then, take the paper down and work on improving the other parts. (Again, you can use tracing paper for this.)
Keep repeating this process, until you have a drawing and layout that you like.
ADDING TEXT TO A COLORING PAGE
Because this coloring page has text, I focused on that before I got too far with the rest of the page. I used the same drawing and tracing steps above until I liked the layout.
Don’t feel comfortable with hand-lettering? Thats fine because their are plenty of websites like Design Bundles that remove the stress for you by offering pre made fonts. They also group different themes that include fonts, clip art etc to make your colouring pages pop. There are tonnes of themes like this handy camping svg one and this fun palm tree svg one.
Play around with different fonts in a word processing or graphic design program until you get something you like.
As a general rule, pair fancy fonts with plain fonts, and don’t use more than 2 to 3 fonts total. Print it out, then trace over the words to incorporate them into your drawing.
Once I added the words to my coloring page, then rest came together pretty quickly.
Take your time, and if you need to, walk away from the page for a bit. You’ll return with fresh eyes!
And I feel it needs to be said that you don’t need to be an amazing artist to create your own coloring pages. Start with a simple drawing and keep practicing and adding details until you get something you like.
FINISHING YOUR COLORING PAGE
When you’re happy with the drawing, tape it up to the window one last time. Tape another piece of paper over the top, then slowly go over the lines with a black marker.
You’ll get smoother lines, if you pull the marker toward you, rather than pushing it away from you.
I used a Sharpie here, but I’d recommend using a Micron Pen instead (Sharpies tend to bleed). Micron Pens also come many different thicknesses, making it easier to vary line width.
Remove the paper from the window, then use the marker to perfect any shaky lines, thicken the lines around important areas, and add in any details you missed.
The last step is to scan your drawing and create a PDF.
Once you create a PDF, you can print out as many copies as you’d like and share your coloring page with others.