Category Archives: Color Palettes

Prismacolor Color Palette: Subtle Lilac

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.


Blue and Orange Complementary Color Schemes

1246027159_4976a2e158_oBlue and orange are considered complementary colors because they are opposite each other on the color wheel. When placed next to each other, complementary colors create the strongest contrast.

When you add neutrals and play with the shades being used, complementary colors can result in a number of unique color schemes. Try using one of the five options above on your next adult coloring book page!

[Photo courtesy of Adam Polselli via Flickr.]

Springtime Mandala Color Palette

springtime color mandala

Can’t decide what colors to use in your next picture? Here’s a simple four color palette using 24-count Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencils that has a nice springtime feel.

spring colorsFrom left to right, the colors used in the picture at the top of this post are:

  • Apple Green PC912
  • Mulberry PC995
  • Light Cerulean Blue PC904
  • Violet Blue PC933

The design itself is from my friend Sue Chastain’s third adult coloring book: MiniMENTALS On-the-Go Coloring Book.


A Simple Blue and Purple Color Scheme

purples and blues color scheme

One common complaint I hear from people who are just getting started with adult coloring books is that they have to have 100 or more different colors to make anything pretty. Of course, this is complete nonsense. Think back to how much fun you had coloring with a 24 count box of Crayolas as a kid. You don’t need a bunch of different colors to enjoy yourself.

I love my 24-count Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencils. I’ve been thinking about getting a larger set, but I like that the case for these is small enough to easily slip into a bag and that I can’t waste time trying to figure out which colors to use. Sometimes, limits can be freeing.

color paletteFrom left to right, the colors used in the picture at the top of this post are:

  • Light Cerulean Blue  PC904
  • True Blue PC903
  • Indigo Blue PC901
  • Violet PC932
  • Mulberry PC995
  • Parma Violet PC1008

The design itself is from my friend Sue Chastain’s second adult coloring book: OrnaMENTALs Volume 2 Splendid Symmetry: Adult Coloring Book with 36 Playful Patterns to Color!




A Cheery Color Scheme for Your Next Mandala

color scheme inspiration

I love looking at color palettes on Pinterest for inspiration, but lately I’ve been trying to come up with color combinations based on real life sources. My inspiration for this mandala was the set of four Uniball Signo gel pens my 11-year-old son gave me for Christmas. These aren’t colors I would have picked up on my own, but I think they work well together in the finished design.

I couldn’t find the exact four pack of pens I have online, but Amazon has an eight pack that contains the same four colors.  The colors are vibrant, they don’t smear or skip, and they’re great for note taking as well as coloring.

The mandala design is from Color Creatives: Peaceful Patterns to Relax the Mind. This is a special limited edition magazine available until 3/11/16.