When you subscribe to thecoloringbook.club not only do you receive a wealth of different coloring designs delivered direct to your inbox each week, but you also unlock a wealth of possibilities now that your coloring is not restricted by the bounds of a book!
No longer are you confined to just using dry media like coloring pencils or regular felt tips, but you can print your design on different paper types which allows you to try your hand at using watercolors or alcohol pens on your artwork.
In this post we explain different types of paper and pair them with appropriate coloring tools so that you can get the best results no matter how you are coloring the page!
The go to choice when printing your designs…
Standard printer paper is the go to choice when printing your designs. This paper is typically thin, usually 80 or 90 gsm. GSM means grams per square metre and is the weight measurement used for paper, the higher the number the thicker the paper.
Printer paper is affordable and perfect for coloring with colored pencils or standard felt tipped pens.
Letraset (and other manufacturers) produce bleedproof marker pads that are designed for alcohol based markers like Copics and Letraset Promarkers. Alcohol marker pens produce a really even color and, with practice, can produce some amazing blending effects. Since the ink is alcohol based the paper you use needs to be specially treated to prevent bleeding (when the ink spreads through the paper causing jegged edges on your coloring).
Bleedproof paper is typically thinner (70 gsm) than standard printer paper to allow comic artists and designers to use the paper for tracing designs.
If you want to try your hand at using watercolor pencils or paints then it is important to use a paper thick enough to absorb the wetness that comes with water-based media.
If you try and use watercolor in a standard coloring book you will likely find that the paper crinkles and warps as the water based paint dries.
Watercolor paper is much thicker than standard printer paper, typically between 190-300 gsm and can be textured (cold pressed) or smooth (hot pressed) so allows the paint to be absorbed without warping the paper.
Textured paper can add a real feel of quality to a finished design and is thick enough to be framed and hung as art.
Postcards and Cards
Finally, when you get to print your own designs you are not just restricted to a4 or letter sized paper, you can easily resize the designs from thecoloringbook.club to print and color your own cards or postcards.
Most art shops will offer blank card stock or tear and share postcard pads for you to experiment with. Resize your design, pop the card in the printer, color and send to a friend!
Do you have any novel tips to share when printing your designs? Let us know below.