Mother nature has some fantastic examples of her wonderful living coloring pages – take the peacock for example! Royal blues and vibrant greens help the elaborate plumage of this bird attract a mate. Follow along as we color in our own peacock coloring page, from book 25 from thecoloringbook.club, in this step by step coloring walkthrough.
Over two articles we will show you how to color a bold, block colored bird sitting nestled amongst some pretty foreground foliage.
The first place to start is with color selection. After looking through pictures of real peacocks, I decided that a cobalt blue would look great on this bird. To find some complimentary colors I used Adobe Color, a great online tool that allows you to play with color schemes. You can find more tips on choosing colors in our article Back to Color School: The Coloring Wheel
I liked the contrast of the pink against the turquoise so selected pens that matched.
Preparation is key
Before I lay down my first colors I like to make sure I have a spare sheet of paper under my coloring page. Not only does this give the pen or pencil extra cushion, meaning you are less likely to pick up the texture of the surface you are working on, but with pen it also acts as a blotter for any ink that may bleed through the paper.
As you can see, even with decent quality paper you will get some ink that runs through to the surface below. If that surface is your next coloring page from the monthly coloring pages we deliver to our members then it is annoying, but at least you can just print another sheet out. If you are working in a book you have probably just ruined your next coloring page.
Take one color and get to work
People work differently, and you will find what works best for you, but personally I like to take the color that I want to be most prominent in the page and start my coloring with that. It does depend what type of coloring you are attempting, if you plan to blend colors then it is recommended to start with your lighter colors as a foundation and then lay your dark colors on top. Since this peacock will mainly be block colored I can choose to work with any of my colors. My brilliant blue is first up.
The extra thin nibs of these fineliners are perfect for coloring in details, when using them you be delicate, don’t push too hard on your paper as not only will you get uneven coloring but you will most likely ruin your pens too.
Which color, where?
When faced with a blank coloring page it often can be tricky deciding where to color first and then how to share that color around the page. I tend to work with the most prominent color in the design first and follow a rule where I try not to have areas where that single color touches against itself. It is not always possible to avoid, but generally I have found that spacing the colors apart usually leads to a nice balanced coloring page.
I continue working through the page with my main color until I have the main part of that color applied to the page.
Strong colors can easily dominate the page…
The bold pink contrasts nicely with the blue. With strong colors I try to use them sparingly as they can easily draw the eye and dominate the page if applied too liberally.
The pink really contrasts great against that fresh blue, see how it grabs your eyes attention?
Carry on regardless!
Follow on the same principals as we used for the dominant color. Where you can, apply the contrasting color in areas where it is the neighbor of your primary color (in my case the blue). Try to avoid too many areas where the same color sits next to itself.
As you can see there are areas of the page where I managed this better than others, but don’t worry if you go off plan. Stick with the page and you will often find that what looks distracting on a part finished page is less so when the design is complete.
Bring the bird home to roost
It is time to break out my final color, turquoise, for the peacock and lay that down using the same principles already discussed. As you work through your page it becomes easier to see where to apply your color next.
When coloring tight areas, work slowly and deliberately trying not to have your pen leave the lines. I know it seems obvious advice, but you would be surprised how often I find myself picking up pace as I work through the design – remember coloring is a relaxing pastime, there is no need to rush.
Little details, big difference
Finally I use the turquoise to add some simple accents to the coloring page. Stippling, which is basically just dotting with your pen, adds a little texture to the neck and beak of the bird. This is an area where I thought that block coloring could make the page look too flat.
I also added a thin line of the turquoise on those circular feathers closest to the peacock’s neck. I really like the way this adds some dimension to the feathers.
I finish off the coloring on the bird by applying the turquoise to the tail feathers, he sits proudly, if a little flat on the page. In the next article in this series I walk through how I added the detail to the foreground flowers to bring extra depth to the design.
In this article we have discussed choosing your colors for a coloring page, block coloring and some simple effects to adding detail to a coloring page. I also showed you a tip on why a blank sheet of paper is useful when coloring.
If you want a free peacock themed coloring page to try out some of these tips on, then our free to download peacock themed coloring page is perfect, you can even post your coloring online and enter the challenge – deadline June 17th.
Do you have coloring tips to share? Let us know below.