Thursday, March 31, 2016

COLORING PAGES

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Easy Abstract Coloring Pages

Did you do this as a child? Have you ever scribbled on paper and then colored in the shapes?

Using Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils on Fabriano watercolor paper.

I sketched out lines, just scribbled them, this way and that way! Once I have it all colored in, then I will use a small paintbrush and water on each shape. After it dries, I may use puff paints, texture paste, micron inks or glue to create an interesting painting!

Finished Abstract
As I stated in a previous blog post, I said I was going to start creating more coloring pages. I like to sketch while I watch good old movies at night. I haven't been sketching much lately, except for trying to come up with some abstract drawing ideas as I'd like to post them as canvases and wood panel prints at my Zazzle shop.

Abstract 1 Freebie 
Copy and paste this abstract, scribble drawing to your computer! You can color it in and use textures and filters using Photoshop or GIMP or print it out and color it in as you like! The size is 8" x 10" so it will fit and print fine centered on an 8.5" x 11" size paper of your choice.

Here's my rendition!
Instead of printing out the template above, I kept the lines as a PNG file, with a transparent background, great for using in art programs that can handle layers.

I used Photoshop and placed a textured background first. I then colored in the sections, adding patterns and textures that I had created to each section. I used some filters too. It's just easy and fun, a good way to enjoy creating without having to worry about messing up, or getting messy!

If you don't have Photoshop, use the free art program called GIMP. Just Google it! YouTube probably has some tutorials if you need!

Abstract 2 Freebie
I remember creating tons of these scribble drawings as a child. Simply scribbling my pencil on paper and then coloring in the shapes with lots of different colors using crayons, watercolors, or chalk. I liked gluing tissue paper on first and then coloring the shapes too, what fun! 

Abstract 3 Freebie
Who would have thought that our childhood past time of coloring was going to become so popular!? Popular enough to see coloring books for 'adults' in the checkout line at the department or grocery stores! Amazing. I tried to get my 'color me' products noticed at Zazzle when I first started creating there, but it just didn't catch on all that great! I should have done more with it!

Abstract 4 Freebie
It's no wonder children are so happy! They can get lost in their toys and making things with blocks and legos, coloring or drawing, reading wonderful books, in their constant creativity! That is what we need to get back to. Our time needs to consist of those moments when we shut the world out and just sit and draw and color! We are all born artists, we just choose to continue to create as we get older, or grow away from our natural born creativity and stop. 

We forget about how wonderful it was to create out of clay and mud! We forget how exilerating it felt to build a fort! Whether out of blankets and the couch or outside, using hay bales or digging into a hill, using branches to camouflage it, we were on our own and always creating!

Abstract 5 Freebie
So, go ahead and take a break from the world! Copy these images, save them to your computer and then print them out on your favorite substrate, if your printer can handle it, even canvas if you choose! Then paint, texture paint first, use craft paints, oil paints, markers, crayons, do a collage, do anything you choose! Just do it! Have fun! Forget all the world and just enjoy!

Abstract 6 Freebie
Have fun with these simple line drawings! Create your own too, trace objects on paper, such as your hands, the kids' hands, utensils, cut out shapes from cardboard, use that imagination!

Peace
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