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Don’t Miss These Crayola Deals on Amazon

There are some great deals on Crayola products on Amazon.com, especially if you’re a Prime member who can get free shipping with add-on items!

A 50 count box of Crayola colored pencils for $5.27 is an amazing price! Consider buying extra to keep on hand for gifts throughout the year. It’s an add-on item, but who can’t easily spend half their paycheck on Amazon?

This Crayola Escapes adult coloring kit is just $5.87 as an add-on item. It includes 50 Colored Pencils, 12 Watercolor Color Pencils, and 12 11 x 17 inch premium coloring pages
created by renowned artist Claudia Nice. Color Escapes kits normally sell for $24.99 on the Crayola website, so this is a total steal!

This Crayola Geoscapes kit is selling for $3.99 as an add-on item and includes 20 markers with 20 adult coloring pages.

Dollar Tree’s “Color Your Own Greeting Cards” Are a Surprisingly Good Value

I love Dollar Tree, but haven’t been a fan of their adult coloring books due to the substandard paper quality. However, during my last few trips, I’ve noticed they are starting to stock “Color Your Own Greeting Cards” that are a surprisingly good deal. For $1, you can pick up a package of two cards with foil printed designs. The cards are blank on the inside, which makes them perfect for personalizing however you see fit. The included envelopes are plain white, but could be embellished with color your own stickers, washi tape, or hand drawn doodles if you wanted.

The “You’re the Best” card in this post was one I colored for Mother’s Day. The “Thinking of You” card was sent as a sympathy card for a friend who has been going through a tough time. Both were colored using glitter gel pens. (You’d want to avoid markers on these due to the bleed through, but colored pencils should be fine if that’s what you prefer.)

I found my “Color Your Own Greeting Cards” packs in a display by the cash register, but all Dollar Tree stores are a little different. Ask a salesclerk for help if you can’t find them locally.

If you’d rather make your own cards, check out the following ideas:

Colore Colored Pencils Review: A Budget-Friendly Prismacolor Alternative

I had heard fairly positive reviews of Colore brand colored pencils in the various coloring groups I participate in on Facebook, so I was eager to try this set out for myself.

I have several different sets of colored pencils in my collection, but I was interested in this particular product because I loved the cute tin they came in. I received a 72-count Prismacolor set for my birthday last year and I’m obsessed with how convenient this makes storage after you’re done coloring.  Since I know not everyone is willing or able to splurge on Prsimacolors, I was intrigued by the idea of a more affordable alternative.

What I love:

  • The colors are intensely pigmented. You don’t need to press hard at all to get a nice coverage on the paper.
  • Every color has a unique identifying number so you can easily keep track of your favorite color palettes.
  • There is a particularly nice selection of greens, which is great if you enjoy coloring lots of nature themed images.
  • There are multiple shades of the same color that are very close together, which lets you create some interesting ombre effects on your pages.

What I’m not thrilled with:

  • There are no good skin tones in this set.
  • You have to be careful if you tend to press hard when you color. You’ll snap the lead if you press too hard.
  • I had some trouble finding a handheld sharpener that would sharpen these to a suitable point. I ended up getting the best results with my trusty electric sharpener.

Overall, I think this is a respectable buy for the colorist on a tight budget or someone who wants to buy pencils for an older child who enjoys art. They’re currently $19.88 on Amazon, which makes them a little over $20 cheaper than a comparable set of Prismacolors. If you don’t care about the fancy storage tin or would be happy with a smaller set, you can pick them up for $10 to $15.  They seem to go on sale fairly regularly too.

Even if you already have several sets of pencils at your disposal, these may still be worth the money. There actually aren’t too many duplicate colors in the Colore set vs. my current set of Prismacolors, so I can myself regularly using both in the future.

[Top photo is a page from the free Happy Coloring PDF adult coloring book. Bottom photo is from Stress Less Coloring: Butterfly Gardens.]

Indulge Your Love of All That Glitters with Doodle Art Pro

If you love glitter gel pens, Doodle Art Pro’s set of 40 unique glitter colors is an amazing must-have. Since glitter colors are always the first ones I used up whenever I buy a new set of gel pens, I’m in love with this product. The glitter is a little hard to photograph, but it’s gorgeous in person.

Check out my review on the SuziQCreations website or head directly to Amazon to pick yourself up a set.

Download a Free Color Combination Chart

If you love playing with unique color combinations, there’s a fabulous free download on the Sarah Renae Clark website that you’re going to want to snag ASAP.

This free adult coloring page features flowers you can use to test out different color combos on, as well as space to write down the names of the colors you like best.  There’s room for up to five colors per flower, with eight flowers per page.

In addition to helping to keep you organized, I think this is so much prettier than simply scribbling ideas on scrap paper!

 

 

Dollar Tree Shopping: What to Buy to Support Your Adult Coloring Habit

Dollar Tree’s business model lends itself to impulse buys. When everything is just $1, it’s tempting just to throw items in your cart and not give it a second thought. However, if you’re thinking about buying adult coloring books at Dollar Tree, I’d have to urge you to take a pass. Even though they’re only $1, it’s better to save your money and buy some nice paper and ink for use with your favorite free adult coloring pages.

Here’s what’s wrong with Dollar Tree’s adult coloring books:

  • The paper is thin.
  • Some of the books use paper with a slight grayish or yellowish tint instead of the crisp white paper you’ll find in higher quality books.
  • Most pages are double sided.
  • Very few books have perforated pages, making them hard to remove when you’re done.
  • The books use clip art instead of original illustrations.

The only time I’d recommend buying Dollar Tree’s books is if you have no access to a printer and you only use colored pencils so you’re not worried about bleed through. Even then, I’d still recommend only buying one or two of your favorites.

That being said, you can still find some nice items at the Dollar Tree to support your adult coloring obsession. If you’re looking for a way to organize your collection, they have an endless supply of colorful plastic cups and bins. There are also binders for storing your finished pages, folders, and pencil pouches. The adorable bunny pouch featured at the top of this post was one I purchased on my last Dollar Tree run.

Celebrating Mother’s Day with Crafts Made from Adult Coloring Book Pages


Most websites that talk about handmade Mother’s Day gifts have ideas for young children to make, but I think moms appreciate a sentimental DIY project no matter how old their children are.  (I know my mom has always been a sucker for a handmade gift!)

If you love adult coloring books, why not thank your mom for all she’s done to encourage your creative side by making a gift using on of your finished pages? Here are some ideas:

If you don’t already have a design in mind to use for your project, Coloring Life and Adult Coloring Worldwide have several free adult coloring pages for Mother’s Day.

[Photo is a colored page from Creative Coloring Inspirations: A Second Cup of Inspirations by Valentina Harper.]