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.
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:
Arteza, a manufacturer of markers, colored pencils, and other art supplies, is offering a free 48-page adult coloring book on their website. You’ll need to provide your address and email after adding the freebie to your cart, but no payment method is needed to check out.
The selection of designs includes florals, abstract geometric patterns, mandalas, and more of beginner to intermediate level difficulty. I’d take advantage of this free PDF coloring book offer ASAP, however, since there seems to be no expiration date listed.
Do you get to color at work? If not, maybe you should see if your boss will let you start!
Entrepreneur recently published a great article about using adult coloring in the workplace as a way to foster teamwork, improve communication, and boost morale. The author, Kelly Lovell, has some fascinating insights into how your coloring style can be used to evaluate your strengths as an employee. If you outline before filling in, choose unusual color palettes, or often leave your pictures unfinished, you’ll want to check this article out!
The picture is from MiniMENTALS by Sue Chastain. This is one of her earlier books, but I keep coming back to the designs because I love the smaller size and the instant gratification of getting a picture done quickly.
If you’ve been following April the Giraffe and can’t wait for her baby to be born, Inquisitr has a wonderful roundup of 10 Adult Coloring Pages for People Who Love April the Giraffe. This roundup includes giraffe pages in a variety of styles and detail levels, making it perfect for both beginning and advanced colorists.
One of my favorite things about the adult coloring craze is the number of amazing freebies you can find online. Even if your budget doesn’t allow you to purchase any coloring books, you could color all day using nothing but free printables!
Fave Crafts has a free book for you to download featuring 15 different printable designs — ranging from mandalas and simple geometric patterns to flowers and other nature inspired images. Many of the designs are small enough that you could easily cut them out and make your own handmade greeting cards when you’re finished.