Just relax, and add color.

The sky is the limit with these coloring posters. Think of them as more than a coloring page, but not quite as guided as a paint-by-number. These posters can handle crayon, colored pencils, markers, watercolor, gouache, and craft paint. Enjoy one or all 5 of these designs featuring ladies, flowers, and space.

You can check out this facebook video from my studio if you want to see tips and tricks and some painting in progress. Special thanks to Blue Crest Entertainment for coming over to film us!

Below are more written tips to help you on your coloring journey!

Color Palette Suggestion

Each poster comes with a card explaining the imagery, but it also has a color palette suggestion!

You can use it, or ignore it, or let it help you with a launching off point. Sometimes choosing colors can be daunting, so it only there to help!

I use the color palettes myself, and enjoy them. but if you have a favorite color that you want to feature you can always check out Google or Pinterest to find the perfect color palette to model after.

 
“Comet” with markers

“Comet” with markers

Before you begin

If you’re using a wet material like watercolor, paint, or even markers my tip is to use tape! Lightly tape your poster to your working surface. I have a wooden board I use, but you can tape to a table too. I prefer to use blue tape or tape that has been taped to fabric and pulled off for reuse so as to protect the paper from ripping with the tape. I tend to use tape rolls on the back of the posters just because the illustration reaches the edge of the page, but do what you feel most comfortable with.

Paper Curl

If you use materials that tend to moisten the paper, you may experience some paper curling. If its not too disruptive to your coloring/painting, I’d wait until you are completely done with your poster.

Once the poster is done and fully dry use a damp cloth to lightly dampen the backside of the poster and put some heavy books on top to let it dry flat. If you want to protect your poster more, place some blank paper on the front of your poster to protect it from the table, or the books. I use this technique on nearly all my watercolors.

“Pulsar” with colored pencils

“Pulsar” with colored pencils

Materials

These posters can handle many materials. IF you want to use supplies you have at home, I encourage you to use them! However, if you want an excuse to buy or try new materials, read about what I experienced to see if that helps your decision.

I tested 4 different kinds myself. Here is what I discovered:

Colored Pencils: starting with light layers of pencil allows for cool layers to continue layering up on top. Overall color will be light unless you layer up lots of pencil, or have soft pencils with rich color. I used crayola colored pencils.

Markers: I used some school supply markers mixed with some brush tip markers. If you like to scribble hard, be careful, the paper can deteriorate if you scribble too much or too hard. I suggest waiting for an area to dry before going over it a second time. Overall, the poster will be very saturated and bright since markers hold so much color!

“Moon” with watercolor

“Moon” with watercolor

Materials Cont.

Watercolor: These are my fave, but I’m also a watercolor artist so I’m biased. to start I’d suggest finding a board to lightly tape your poster to (I used blue tape rolls on the back of my poster). Watercolor can be unpredictable which makes me let go a little bit and enjoy the journey. Other suggestions are to start with lighter, watered down color. You can always add more color later, but you can’t take it away.

Craft Paint: These are the little bottles of acrylic paint that you can find in a craft store. I personally like ones with a matte or satin finish, but I would suggest using all the same type of finish (all matte, or all satin, or all gloss). However, if you’re just using what you have at home, dig in to whatever feels good! Before painting I would suggest using some light tape (I use blue tape) to lightly tack the poster to a board or work area. Craft paint is thick and opaque so if you paint over the illustration lines they will be covered up. You can always paint over them again with black, or cover them up completely. Its all about how you want it! Be sure to wash your brush after each session of painting.