Here at thecoloringbook.club we wanted to share our best 5 tips for adult coloring. Whether you color for fun, to relax or to produce a masterpiece these adult coloring tips will help you to get the most out of your coloring hobby!
1. Color with comfort
Reserve some time, get a comfy seat and give yourself every opportunity to color in comfort
Find your space. Whether you are coloring for relaxation, to de-stress or simply for fun, you need a place where you are comfortable coloring. It doesn’t have to be somewhere quiet (although that can certainly help if you want to get lost in your coloring page), there are plenty of coloring groups and meetups where adults who enjoy coloring can go to chatter and color at the same time, the important thing is find your own space, reserve some time, get a comfy seat and give yourself every opportunity to color in comfort.
As well as finding somewhere you can relax, make sure that you are also looking after your eyes, wrist and back when you are coloring. Being hunched over a coloring book for a couple of hours may produce a beautiful work of art, but if you aren’t careful you could end up straining your eye-sight, back and wrists!
When you are coloring, make sure you have a good light source so that you aren’t straining your eyes. During the day try and find yourself a nice spot by a window with plenty of natural light, alternatively invest in a daylight LED lamp so that you can have a decent bright light to color under day and night. Some of these lamps even have in-built magnifying glasses which will help you when coloring detailed pages, but will also put less strain on your eyes.
I try not to color for more than 20 minutes without shaking the stiffness out of my hands!
Look after your hands and wrists! Before during and after you color, make sure you stretch your hands and wrists. Keeping your fingers and wrists locked in the coloring position for too long can lead to stiffness in the joints, aches and pain.
Make sure you warm your hands and wrists up before coloring by doing some simple exercises. Rotate your wrist ten times clockwise, then repeat anti-clockwise. Clench and stretch your fingers as you unclench your fist – do this ten times to get the blood flowing to your hands and finger-tips. This will help avoid your hand cramping as you color. Take regular breaks and repeat this exercise, I try not to color for more than 20 minutes without shaking the stiffness out of my hands!
Your back needs some loving too!
When you color try to avoid hunching over a table. Instead, use a large hardback book to prop your page up at an angle or if you have a study you can even treat yourself to a drawing board. Make sure you support your back in a good chair. When you have been lost in your coloring for a while, make sure that when you break to stretch out your hands you also do some simple back stretching exercises too. Place your hands behind your head, lean back and stretch your lower back.
I think if you color in comfort you will find you produce your best work and feel great too!
2. Take your time
The only rule you have is to relax, lose yourself in the page and lay down some color.
A coloring page is a marathon, not a sprint! Coloring is a great activity to fit in-between other jobs in your day – waiting for the kids from school? Spend 20 minutes coloring. Got the house to yourself for 30 minutes before your friends drop by? Start that new coloring page!
Just remember, you don’t have to finish your coloring page in one sitting.
If you are looking to produce the best finish possible to your coloring page then don’t rush it! Spend multiple sittings, or carve out a couple of hours, but just breathe and take your coloring slow.
You aren’t working to a deadline and there is no boss to please (other than you!). The only rule you have is to relax, lose yourself in the page and lay down some color.
3. Find a page that fits your mood.
I find that to really enjoy my coloring I need to connect with the page I am working on. When I am looking at starting a new coloring page a few things can influence my decision. Sometimes, I can be thinking about a particular color style or palette that I have seen that I would like to try out on a page, for instance psychedelic coloring.
On other occasions when I have had a bad day at work, I’ll want to zone out whilst I color; for these times I often find myself reaching for a mandala. There is something about coloring my way through those circles of pattern that really help my mind to switch off!
Often, when I am in the mood to produce a highly finished piece I will look for a themed coloring page, like an animal, ocean or floral scene. The idea of taking that black and white scene and transforming it into a colorful piece of art motivates me to produce my best coloring.
Sometimes I just feel plain playful! At these times I like a coloring page that is fun, has a bit of humour and offers me the chance to be a bit looser with my coloring. This free tangle of cats coloring page is definitely one of those coloring page designs that I would file under F for fun!
4. Practice, practice, practice…
It took Michelangelo 4 years to finish the Sistine Chapel so give yourself at least a good couple of years of practice to produce your first coloring masterpiece!
You need to invest in your coloring hobby to reap the rewards! I don’t mean you need to go spend your life savings on the most expensive art supplies or furnish part of your house with an art studio, I mean spend the time to allow yourself to become better at coloring. Most things in life take practice and coloring is no exception.
Start your coloring journey in small steps, think about block coloring using pen or pencil. This will give you the basic skills of applying color to the page and get you comfortable with the techniques to control your pen or pencils and stick within the lines.
Then treat yourself to a refresher on color palettes, remind yourself about the color wheel and how certain colors work better together than others. Even take a look at how different colors can evoke different moods and feelings when used in a coloring page. When you have these basic skills down, you will be producing good looking coloring pages.
From here you can start to think about more advanced techniques like shading, burnishing and blending colors and begin to work with some of the tools that the coloring professionals use.
Remember, these techniques take time and practice to master – don’t expect to be producing masterpieces over night, after all it took Michelangelo 4 years to finish the Sistine Chapel so give yourself at least a good couple of years of practice to produce your first coloring masterpiece!
5. Influence and get influenced!
Get out there and look at some of the fantastic finished coloring pages our members share with us each day. The internet is full of wonderful examples of coloring, drink it in, find new styles and techniques to try in your own pages.
When you have finished a page, influence others or get feedback and tips to help you improve. Don’t be afraid to put your work out there, the coloring community all share the same passion for coloring as you.
If you are new to coloring don’t be shy, remember everyone started as a beginner at some point. The coloring community is supportive and you’ll soon find that you could be making new friends, picking up tips, learning new techniques and influencing others to crack open their coloring sets!
Enjoy yourself, share your work and be a part of the creative coloring community!
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There you have it, in this article we shared our 5 best adult coloring tips. Not only did you learn how to grow as a coloring artist, but you also got some pointers to keep yourself coloring pain free! We hope you liked our adult coloring tips.
Do you have some to share? We’d love to hear them below!