From the curious to the creative, adult coloring generates a lot of questions. Maybe you are curious about why there are suddenly so many coloring books on store shelves? Or you might be new to adult coloring, looking for coloring tips to get started? Perhaps you are already a fan of coloring and want some quick hints to help take your coloring to the next level? In this article thecoloringbook.club addresses 9 of the most common questions about adult coloring.
Join us for our quick fire round of adult coloring questions and if you have some that remain unanswered don’t forget to comment below.
For the curious about coloring…
Why are there so many different coloring books on store shelves at the moment?
The adult coloring trend originated in Europe. Coloring for adults gained popularity as an easy way to engage in some simple creativity that also has some great therapeutic benefits.
The popularity (and sales!) of coloring books like Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden, first published in 2013 and Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom caught the attention of book publishers and retailers.
Having already proved popular in Europe and with therapeutic benefits that fit nicely with the growing trend of mindfulness, adult coloring gained momentum and spread worldwide.
Over the 2015 holiday season, adult coloring books made up a large number of the top 10 books sold in stores and on Amazon. Explore the coloring trend further with our article: Adult Coloring: Still Trending?
What is the appeal of adult coloring?
Adults find coloring pages appealing for many different reasons. Some people enjoy that they can express themselves creatively without having to hold any natural drawing talent. Others like the nostalgia of engaging in an activity that they used to enjoy as a child.
For many people adult coloring is therapeutic, coloring is one of those tasks that helps calm the mind and for this reason many people use coloring asd a way to unwind at the end of a busy working day or help relieve stress.
What is the difference between an adult coloring page and a children’s coloring page?
Detail. Children’s coloring pages are usually simple images based around a theme with large areas of space to color. Adults coloring pages may have a main theme, but the image is usually made up of intricate details and patterns. These detailed elements help to allow you to get lost in coloring and relax the mind.
Some adult coloring pages are not theme based and are purely made up of a repeating patterns, examples of these are mandalas and zentangles.
For those just getting started…
What makes a good coloring page and what page do I color?
There are so many coloring books available and a huge variety of themes. If you are just starting out why not download some pages and print them. thecoloringbook.club offer a free set of pages with a variety of themes to appeal. Fancy trying some mandalas? Think you might be better suited to coloring a theme? We have animals, nature, sea, food, fun and fashion to pick from. Try them free and without any obligation.
Read what we think makes the perfect coloring page and then make your own choice to get started. Printed coloring pages are ideal for the beginner since they offer the chance of downloading the page and trying again if you make a mistake.
Should I color with pen or pencils?
Wet media like coloring pens offer the advantage that the color soaks completely into the paper leaving you with bold colors without any chance of the paper tooth not taking on the color. Coloring pencils offer the advantage that they never bleed through the paper or smudge, you can also blend pencils easier than you can with pens.
For more on whether to use pen or pencil read our guide – Deciding Whether to Color with Pencil or Pen.
What colors should I use in my coloring page?
It is difficult to achieve a great coloring page using every color in your pack
This is a great question, if you simply enjoy the act of coloring, allowing your mind to zone out whilst you fill those white spaces, then color choice really doesn’t matter! However, if you’d also like to come up with a pleasing design when you have finished the page then color choice is key. I always suggest limiting yourself to three or four colors, it is difficult to achieve a great coloring page using every color in your pack – usually your page will look like a psychedelic dream! Unless that is what you were aiming for in which case go for it!
Read our introduction to the color wheel and watch the video to understand which colors go well with one another, this will really give you a headstart in producing beautiful finished coloring pages.
For those who want to take their coloring to the next level…
What are the best coloring tools to use?
There are many opinions on favorite pens and pencils to use for coloring. There are a huge variety of brands and styles available.
For detailed and intricate coloring look for fineliner pens and pencils which can be sharpened to pin sharps points. Brush tip pens can give a smooth color finish and alcohol markers like Copic and Letraset can be used to get smooth blending of different colors. Read our article for a quick overview of some of our favorite pens and pencils.
If you want some advice on the coloring tools that every fan of adult coloring should have in their kit-bag then take a look at our secret tools for coloring success. You will get an insight on the best tools for fixing up mistakes in your coloring pages and handy tips on using everyday household items (like cotton buds) to give your coloring that extra boost!
How can I improve my coloring skills?
There are some basic techniques to take your coloring to the next level. Think carefully about color choice, using harmonious colors in your coloring pages is half of the battle when creating stunning coloring pages.
f you like to use pencils then think about using some techniques like burnishing (applying your pencil over the same area until it reaches a smooth glossy finish), explore shading to add depth to your coloring page and blending to provide interest to your page. Learn some of these techniques by looking at our 5 tips for coloring with pencils.
When using pens you can get some extra interest in your designs by adding simple embellishments to your page. Also think about advanced techniques like blending and using contrasting colors to add extra dimension to your coloring page. Read our detailed guide to get the best results when coloring with pen.
If you really want to improve the simple answer is practice! Follow along with our step-by-step coloring guides. Color regularly and you will soon see improvements, get into the habit of entering our free monthly coloring competition and share your results. You will soon be able to look back on your coloring pages and see a huge improvement if you practice regularly.
Where can I get some inspiration for my next coloring page?
The monthly coloring challenge on thecoloringbook.club allows you to show your own skills, but also shares the coloring skills of others! Don’t be afraid of using the work of our coloring community to inspire your own coloring – we love to showcase the coloring pages completed by our members.
Take a look a speedcoloring videos on youtube, we even have our own speed coloring of thecoloringbook.club fox!
Look for more tips on finding inspiration in our guide Coloring:Get Inspired!
Have coloring questions of your own? Let us know below.