Adventures In Coloring

Coloring books for adults are all the rage these days, aren’t they? It seems I can’t walk into a bookstore without seeing a dozen of them. Usually the hipster in me would turn up her nose at what is so obviously a fad. But then I began to seriously consider buying one after I realized that, to unwind from work, I would do more work – like, if I get tired of my script reading, I would translate a book, or if I get tired of that, I would translate a movie. I needed a new hobby.

For colors, I wanted to use up all the watercolor supplies left over from my art class back in college; however, the paper of these books is not suitable for watercolors, so I decided to make my own.

I went online, found a website with free printable coloring pages (Googling “[blank] line drawing” also works), printed them out, and traced them with graphite paper onto my watercolor sketchbook. It’s a bit time-consuming, but the tracing alone is therapeutic enough, and if I made a mistake with the coloring, I could always trace it again. It’s kind of like painting without having to draw (which is great for me because I can’t draw.)

tracing by 14 shades of grey

coloring by 14 shades of grey

coloring by 14 shades of grey

That one is my first try, so it’s kinda simple. Here are some more finished products:

coloring - fox in burrow by 14 shades of greycoloring - carnation by 14 shades of grey

I did print out a page from “Enchanted Forest“, but the intricate details are a pain to trace and don’t look that great with watercolors:

coloring - fox by 14 shades of grey

The realistic botanical illustrations are much more my style. I’m particularly proud of the berry ones:

coloring - tropical lily by 14 shades of greycoloring - hummingbirds by 14 shades of grey

coloring - strawberries by 14 shades of greycoloring - blackberries by 14 shades of grey

Overall I still have a lot to learn, but I really like it. We’ll see how long I can keep it up, but maybe this coloring fad is not such a fad after all.

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7 Comments on “Adventures In Coloring”

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  2. Mike says:

    Wow!! These are awesome Salazar! Thanks for sharing.
    As I’ve mentioned before, they started selling coloring books for adults at Akron’s art museum gift shop. And the other day, I seen some at Barnes & Noble. These would be great for me on days when I want to use my colors but can’t think of anything to draw or paint. I have a lot of art supplies that I’ve bought, some dating back to my college days, and most I have never used. A shame, I know, but true.
    But these would be perfect for me on days when I don’t have enough imagination to make a postcard. Sometimes, even as an adult, I just enjoy coloring things!

  3. Cathy says:

    These are lovely! What a great idea.

  4. Noelle says:

    I color with my kids all the time and it really does put you in a meditative state. I also get that from knitting too. Not sewing. That just ramps up my blood pressure and makes me throw things.

  5. Coloring is the BEST. And I love the idea of doing watercolors instead; watercolor is my favorite art medium, so now I’m going to have to try that site you linked for some good images to fill in! I can draw, but I am not patient enough to draw an image and then color it, so tracing is perfect for me, too!

  6. Mike says:

    You know what? I’m discovering how much I love coloring. I just recently bought an adult coloring book (along with a new box of crayons just for use of this activity) and I started coloring in it tonight; 20 minutes before heading to bed for the night. It’s really relaxing. It’s not the same as drawing my own stuff and trying to color it in. I find that I judge myself more when doing this and that only creates more stress for me. But with this, I can just color.
    While I normally don’t like following the crowd of anything (I’m sort of a rebel, in case you couldn’t tell), this I think that I can get into. And now after my little coloring exercise, I am ready to lay myself down for a good night’s rest. Night all!


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