As someone who has been self employed for the majority of her adult life, I’m no stranger to erratic incomes and the need to budget my money. That’s why I’ve been really careful in the process of building my coloring supply stash.
If you’re just starting out and working with a similarly limited income, I’d suggest printing a few free coloring pages or free coloring books to get started. The Togetherness Project has a wonderful freebie, but I also really like the Whimsical Flowers Floral Designs and Patterns Coloring Book from Lilt Kids. Head over to your local Dollar Tree for a clip board and a few folders to stash your pages in and you’re all set.
When you’re ready to begin buying books, consider the cost of the book as well as the number of designs you receive. Stress Less Coloring – Mandalas: 100+ Coloring Pages for Peace and Relaxation by Jim Gogarty is one of my current favorite budget-friendly picks. It’s on Amazon for $10.77 and includes over 100 single sided designs. This book is sure to provide hours of entertainment.
As for tools, I’d suggest picking just one medium for your adult coloring adventures until you know more about your artistic preferences. For pure affordability, you can’t go wrong with colored pencils. You can get a 50 count pack of Crayola colored pencils on Amazon for less than $10. If you would prefer gel pens, the 20 count set of Recollections pens from Michaels Crafts sells for $4.99 and is eligible for their 40% off coupon deal — making it a fabulous bargain for an amazingly versatile color palette.
To stay organized, try repurposing items you already own. I keep my coloring books in a wicker basket from a garage sale and organize my coloring tools in recycled tin cans decorated in pretty scrapbook paper. Remember that the less money you spend on storage, the more you’ll have to treat yourself to new books or tools!
Although it’s fun to dream about owning a set of Copics or Prismacolors and every new coloring book on the shelf, there’s no need to spend half your paycheck on this hobby. You can easily add items to your stash when you get a little extra cash, but keeping costs down in the beginning will let you color totally guilt free!
[Photo is a colored page from The Togetherness Project free printable adult coloring book.]