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.
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!
If you’re looking for a quick and easy coloring project that you can complete with your kids, Common Canopy has three free animal themed coloring cards for you to download. Print them on cardstock, color them together, write encouraging messages on the back, and pass them out as a random act of kindness for those in need of a smile.
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!
If you love Zentangle style coloring pages, Super Coloring has over 50 different designs for you to enjoy. There are birds, lions, flowers, dragons, mermaids, Christmas trees, and more. Many of these free adult coloring pages remind me of Valentina Harper’s adult coloring books, so I’d definitely suggest bookmarking this page if you’re a fan of her work.
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.
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.