Easter is one of my favorite holidays! If you’re busy planning your celebration, why not try printing a few free coloring pages to get you in the holiday spirit? Coloring can be a fun activity for the entire family to enjoy and it’s much less messy than actually dyeing eggs. Add a few jars of colorful jellybeans and some marshmallow Peeps to snack on and you’re all set! (If you can’t decide what colors you want to use, I’d suggest checking out the Spring Pantone inspired color palettes.)
Red Ted Art has single Easter egg and multiple Easter egg coloring pages to print.
U Create Crafts has a “He Is Risen” page that pays tribute to the season.Jade Summer, one of my new favorite publishers, has a free sample page from their newly published Easter coloring book. (I have the digital version of this title and everything in it is adorable!)
Just Color has several Zentangle inspired pages with Easter themes. I love the idea of coloring the eggs and cutting them out to make a garland or place cards for your holiday meal.
Sarah Renae Clark has the best eye when it comes to pairing colors. For your enjoyment, she’s put together a collection of 25 color palettes inspired by Pantone’s Spring 2018 color trends. You can view the entire list on her website or purchase a PDF ebook with all of the palettes together for easy printing and reference. Click here for details.
My three favorite colors from this range are PANTONE 17-3020 – Spring Crocus, PANTONE 14-3207 – Pink Lavender, and PANTONE 18-3838 – Ultra Violet, but I think I’m in love with them all! There are so many fun possibilities that it’s going to be hard to pick just one to color with!
Pale Vermillion and Crimson Red aren’t really my favorite colors to use, but I think this mandala color palette works well. The Jade Green and Sepia tones serve to tone down the vibrant nature of the colors.
The mandala is from Coloring Pages for Adults, a free PDF book available on Wikimedia Commons. This 258-page freebie has mandalas, butterflies, animals, hearts, and more for you to color. I printed my design at 50% scale so it would be small enough to add to a handmade greeting card when I was finished.
Jade Summer, owned by Fritzen Publishing, offers a number of adult coloring books covering themes such as animals, flowers, Alice in Wonderland, and more. Visit their website for a number of free downloads, including a free PDF adult coloring book featuring their 50 best coloring pages. (You’ll need to sign up for their newsletter by clicking on the “Join our email list” to get the free book, but the newsletter gives you access to so many great samples that it’s well worth the effort.)
If you love the freebies in this great coloring book, Amazon has all of the Jade Summer titles available for purchase. Most sell for just $6.99, which makes them an affordable addition to your collection.
Grayscale coloring is a new way to enjoy the stress-relieving benefits of adult coloring. Instead of coloring in a traditional line drawing, you are coloring over an image highlighted with different shades of gray. This gives you the look of shading in your finished picture without actually having to shade the colors yourself. For this reason, many people find that grayscale coloring pages are more forgiving of small mistakes than pages done with traditional line art.
Popular subjects for grayscale coloring pages include landscapes, animals, flowers, and fairytale or fantasy drawings. Grayscale coloring is most often done with colored pencils, but you may try using watercolors or markers. However, keep in mind that you want to use a coloring medium that will let the gray in the original image show through. Opaque mediums such as gel pens will cover up the details in a grayscale page, which is why they are typically only used for highlighting small areas.
Grayscale Coloring Tutorials
If you’re thinking about trying grayscale coloring for yourself, start with this short beginner video.
This video focuses on blending colors on grayscale pages.
If you want to color pages with people, you’ll find this skin tone video helpful.
I have wanted to try alcohol markers for some time. Since I’m on a tight budget, I decided to try out the highly rated Ohuhu markers from Amazon.
Ohuhu markers come in 80 and 40 count sets, so you can choose which one best meets your needs. The price works out to be about 68 cents per marker for the smaller set and 56 cents per marker for the larger set. Either way, this is a steal since comparable Copic sets on Amazon sell for $5 or more per marker.
What I Love
The colors are vibrant and highly pigmented. Just keep in mind that they will dry a little lighter than what they first appear. I would suggest making yourself a labeled color chart for reference.
I know lots of people prefer a brush tip, but for me the fine tip and bullet tip are easier to use than the brush tips. The fine tip is sufficient for all but the most detailed of adult coloring books.
Blending is fairly easy. I’m a newbie when it comes to alcohol markers, but it didn’t take me too long to figure out how to blend the colors.
The included carrying case makes it easy to store and transport your markers for coloring on the go.
What I Don’t
The printing they use on the caps is terrible. I love the idea of being able to identify each color with a name and number, but the printing keeps wearing off. I’ve been using these markers for about two months now and the printing has worn off on 75% of the caps. (However, in the Amazon product description, it looks like there is a new 2018 version of the product that is supposed to address this issue.)
There are no decent skin tones, so if you color people a lot you’ll need a separate set for that.
There is no blending marker included, so I purchased mine separately. You can make some neat effects without a colorless blender, but it’s definitely a nice addition that I wish would have been added.
Blue and green color test using color numbers 185, 63, 163 and 59.
Pink color test using color numbers 6, 15, 8, and 196.
Yellow and orange color test using color numbers 33, 23 45, and 10.
I was a little nervous about this purchase because I researched the company and found that Ohuhu doesn’t make art supplies exclusively. On their website, they have markers as wella s home, health, auto, music, beauty, and gardening items. That’s quite the diverse assortment!
Overall though, I’m very pleased with this set for the price. If you’re a beginner who wants to experiment with alcohol markers, but can’t afford Copics or other premium brands, this is a great alternative.
If you’re looking for a way to get more organized, consider combining your love of adult coloring with bullet journaling. I have an article explaining how to get started published on LoveToKnow Scrapbooking, featuring pages with stickers from Valentina Harper.
Did you know you can get a free 20-page PDF coloring book from SuziQ Creations when you sign up for the Sue’s email newsletter? This book is full of amazing designs to color, including “Fireflower” pictured above. In addition to the sign up bonus, you also get exclusive free pages each month. Click here to check it out!