What is black and white and red all over? This month’s coloring page walkthrough from thecoloringbook.club ! We have shown many times how a limited color palette can often produce the most pleasing results when coloring a page, but here we show you how a really striking Mandala can be made with just a single color! Pick up a pen, print out a page and follow along…
Choose your page
Mandalas are perfect when working with one color. The repeating patterns mean that by only using a single color (along with black) you can create a cohesive pattern that really stands out from the page.
I chose this mandala from coloring book 16, one of the designs that is delivered straight to your inbox when you sign up for thecoloringbook.club.
Circles are great for patterned designs, with a single color and black I should be able to come up with a nice design using this image.
Bold and brilliant!
When selecting your color choice think about what you want the final page to convey. We discussed the different moods that colors evoke here.
..bold is often better so you may want to put aside your pastels colors and pencils for this style of coloring.
I am choosing red to go along with black, this will produce a powerful contrast and give me a design that really catches the eye. I will be block coloring the mandala using Staedtler fineliner pens, pens will add to the strength of the finished page. When you are only using a single color bold is often better so you may want to put aside your pastels colors and pencils for this style of coloring.
Get in line
To begin, I block in the areas of the design which I want to be black. You have to be careful when using black pen in a page, it immediately attracts the eye so I tend to use it on areas where the design is unbroken, for instance on a continual line.
Black can also be effective when alternating between elements of the design. Color one, leave one – you get the picture!
When using black, applying it in a consistent pattern is key – that is why mandalas are perfect pages for this type of coloring.
With the main area of black finished I can break out the red! Mmmm a glass of wine does gown down nice with a relaxing sport of coloring… (serving suggestion!)
Red-y steady color!
Adding the black should give you a sense of how your pattern is building. When adding your color you can begin by filling in some of those alternating patterns with a splash of color.
As you continue to fill out the design, remember that white is an important part of the design. When working with only a single color you can add real balance to the page by using the white as a part of the final design.
As my picture began to build I started to realise it reminded me of a pack of cards, the contrasting red and black design brought hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs to mind.
Don’t be afraid to embellish your design a little to add your own touch – not all white spaces need to be colored edge to edge! You can use patterns, textures, dots or simple illustration to add interest.
I used a fine black liner to draw the black card symbols around the centre circle. You can buy these pens from any art store and choose the width of nib, this pen nib (0.1) is very fine.
Finally I blocked in my simple clubs and spades with my black liner, completing the deck of card design.
Play your cards right…
Here is my finished page. My initial intention was that this page would end with a striking red and black patterned mandala, it has, but it was nice that once I was in the coloring zone an unexpected twist, of making the design a playing card theme, sprang to mind.
That is the joy of coloring for you, sometimes you start a page and never quite know where you will end up until it is finished!
Give it a shot!
What color will you choose and do you have a theme in mind? Let us know below