Baby oil is good for so much more than just soft skin! Check out this great video to learn how you can use baby oil to blend together your colored pencils. This will make your projects look so much more realistic.
Since I love all forms of paper crafting, it’s not surprising that I enjoy turning my coloring pages into handmade cards. Although I’ve made several adult coloring greeting cards by simply cutting my pages to fit a cardstock base, I wanted to try a different approach for this project. To mix things up a bit, I turned my coloring page into a folded origami star.
This particular star design is often labeled as a Christmas model, but I think it’s one that works well any time of year. By changing your paper patterns and colors, you can give it a wide range of looks.
I’ve included photos and written instructions below to show how I went about making my card. However, if you’re having trouble with the folds, JM’s Origami Tutorials has a video you might find helpful.
Print your page. I’m using OrnaMENTALS Design # 168 – Mayan Tapestry from the digital version of Lights Out by Sue Chastain. It works best to print your page on lightweight copy paper, since cardstock is thicker and harder to fold.
Color and cut. I used Prismacolor pencils from the 72 count set: Light Cerulean Blue PC904 and Lilac PC956. It doesn’t matter what you use, but you’ll want to color in a way that takes advantage of the circular nature of the design. It’s OK if there are mistakes in your coloring, because you won’t notice them once the paper is folded.
When you’re done coloring, cut the top and bottom borders off so you have a perfect square. Use a ruler and paper trimmer to cut, if needed.
Fold your paper into an origami bird base. A bird base is a square base plus two petal folds. This is a common starting point for many origami projects, including the famous crane. If you need help, Activity Village has good instructions for making a bird base. (The site is written for children, but the simple explanations are perfect for adult beginners as well!)
Fold the top of your bird base straight down. Flip the paper over and repeat. When you’re done, your project should look like the photo above. Notice how it resembles a kite.
Next, you’ll need to make a sink fold in the top part of your kite shape. To do this, you first need to unfold the paper. Notice how you have four creases in the center that form a square shape. They are valley folds and need to be mountain folds. The diagonal creases that are an “X” shape are mountain folds, but need to be valley folds. Once you refold the creases, your paper will easily “sink” into the right shape.
The photo above is what it looks like from the top after you’re done with your sink fold. Essentially, a sink fold is a method of blunting a point that has no open edges. However, it is one of the more complicated origami concepts to master. If you’re stuck, Origami Instructions explains it with several photos.
After the sink fold, the rest of the project is a snap! Fold the bottom of your paper straight up so it looks like the photo above. Flip the paper over, then repeat. Open the two remaining flaps one by one and flip up each point as well. This creates the four outer points of the finished star.
On each of the four sides of the paper, you’ll need to fold the left and right corners up, as shown in the photo above. Try to make these folds nice and crisp, even though the paper becomes more difficult to fold as you’re working with multiple layers.
Grab the paper by the top points and unfold. The photo above shows what your paper looks like when it’s about halfway unfolded. To complete the model, you’ll need to press down in the center. Add a brass fastener to the middle and fold the inner flaps created in Step 8 up slightly to give your star a bit of a 3D effect.
The Finished Card
To create the card, I used a 6″ square card base and paper from the Die Cuts with a View Handmade Stack. Since this paper is too delicate to cut with a paper trimmer, I hand tore the purple strip before using a glue stick to attach it to the page.
Another Use for Your Origami Stars
This origami model also makes a fun gift topper. The above photo is one of the packages I wrapped for Christmas. Since I didn’t have time to color multiple pages, I folded stars from red copy paper.
A color wheel can be a great tool for selecting color schemes for your pages, but you might not want to purchase one if you’re working with a tight budget. Fortunately, Color Wheel Artist has three free printable color wheels you can download. There’s a basic color chart as well as two blank charts you can use to create your own color wheel using your preferred brand of colored pencils, markers, or gel pens.
For more color inspiration, check out the posts in our Color Palettes category.
If you can’t get going in the morning without a cup of coffee, these free adult coloring pages from Moms and Crafters are sure to be a hit. There are two different styles to choose from, both of which offer multiple opportunities to try out creative color combos.
Get ready for the new year with an amazing free printable adult coloring calendar from Redefining Mom. This fabulous monthly calendar features 12 different abstract designs for you to color, including a few lovely mandalas.
You’ll need to provide your email address to gain access to the download, but it’s well worth it. I’ve already printed mine out and hung it in my office!
One of my favorite things about Prismacolors is how the pencils are easily labeled so you can keep track of what color schemes you’ve tried. This subtle palette is one I definitely plan on using again. It’s from the Prismacolor 72 count set, although I believe some of the colors might be found in smaller sets.
- PC1008 – Parma Violet
- PC956 – Lilac
- PC1005 – Lime Peel
- PC1021 – Jade Green
- PC948 – Sepia
The pretty flower design is from Color Zen by Valentina Harper. I love the small size of this book — it’s perfect for experimenting without a huge time commitment.
When I color, I tend to use either colored pencils or markers — not both. However, Lindsay Weirich gets great results layering colored pencils over markers in this fabulous tutorial video.
If you still have gifts to wrap, here’s a unique idea for you: DIY coloring gift wrap. Take a printable coloring sheet, then cut and paste over plain gift wrap to give your package an interactive flair. It Happens in a Blink explains in greater detail.
I love this idea because it’s perfect for Christmas as well as birthdays and other special occasions, depending upon the design you select. If desired, you could even tie a couple of colored pencils to the package to play up the coloring theme even more.
Did you hear that Kate Middleton loves to color and is a fan of The Secret Garden? According to Mashable, Prince William recently told acclaimed illustrator and Order of the British Empire (OBE) recipient Johanna Basford that Kate enjoys coloring in her books.
The Duchess of Cambridge isn’t the only celebrity who loves to color either. Justin Beiber, Zooey Deschanel, and Nigella Lawson have all expressed their enthusiasm for the adult coloring craze — even going so far as to share their work on social media.
If you love how black backgrounds make adult coloring pages pop, you’ll love Sue Chastain’s newest book OrnaMENTALS: Lights Out. The 8 1/2″ x 11″ book includes 40 single sided pages with original illustrations on dramatic black backgrounds. Subjects include patterns, flowers, butterflies, hearts, leaves, snowflakes, and more with simple to moderately intricate levels of difficulty. Some of the illustrations in OrnaMENTALS: Lights Out are slightly remixed versions of the designs found in Sue’s earlier books, but the majority are completely new.
I’ve been using colored pencils on my pages, but glitter gel pens would be fabulous with this book. Using neon highlighters on the patterned images so they glow under a black night would be another fun technique to try.