mistletoe (free adult coloring page)

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This is another drawing that was inspired by illustrator Margaret Berg. I love her stuff so much.

When I was younger my parents used to put up a mistletoe ornament every year, in kitchen doorway, and Dad liked to kiss women under it. This year when Mom was putting up the Christmas decorations she was going to skip the mistletoe, and I asked her if we could put it up after all. I don’t know who will kiss under it, but I like seeing it there.

Click on the link below to download the PDF. Click here for copyright and licensing information.

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Would you like more free, hand-drawn adult coloring pages like this? You can find an index of my adult coloring pages here. Read about how I came to draw adult coloring pages, here.

 

mandala (free adult coloring page)

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I talked a little bit about my love of mandalas here (you can also find another adult coloring page of mandalas at that link). This was my first single, large mandala for free download.

Click on the link below to download the PDF. Click here for copyright and licensing information.

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Would you like more free, hand-drawn adult coloring pages like this? You can find an index of my adult coloring pages here. Read about how I came to draw adult coloring pages, here.

poinsettia (free adult coloring page)

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This hand-drawn adult coloring page started out as a sketch in one of my small travel sketchbooks (below). I was just fooling around, and really liked how the hatch marks made the poinsettia leaves really pop.

I did a cleaner version in black ballpoint ink for the free coloring page. I uploaded a picture of the drawing in progress to Instagram (below), and decided I liked how the one flower looked without the hatching, so I didn’t entirely fill in the second flower.

Click on the link below to download the PDF. Click here for copyright and licensing information.

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my adult coloring story

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It all started with adult coloring books. They were everywhere, after the success of Johanna Bamford’s Secret Garden, and the subsequent wave of interest in adult coloring.

I picked up a few here and there, mostly in bargain bins at bookstores, or as impulse buys from drugstore magazine racks.

From the start, I was less interested in coloring and more interested in making my own drawings, so I never coloured in the adult coloring books I bought. I told myself that they were inspiration for future artwork.

A friend passed along to me an adult coloring book that he had tried and didn’t want, and I finished one of his pages (below). But I was still kind of like, meh. I didn’t want to colour, myself.

Then I bought the Pocket Posh Botanicals coloring book by Flora Chang, and coloured the page at the beginning of this post. I used these coloured pencils. I was pretty happy with how it turned out. (Plus I really liked Chang’s doodle drawings. I wanted to make drawings like hers.)

If you scroll through my Instagram feed from that point on, you can see a visual record of what happened. I started drawing again in earnest (after a long period of not doing much drawing or art journalling) – first imitating some of the work by others that I really admired, and then playing with my own style.

And it was play. It was a way to pass the time that put me in the zone, or flow state. I kept coming up with new ideas to try, and it felt good at the end of each day to see the things that I had created.

At some point it occurred to me that I wanted to share my drawings online (I mean, more than just photographing them on Instagram). I wanted other people to be able to colour my drawings. And my first downloadable adult coloring page was born.

How do you come up with ideas for your adult coloring pages?
I follow a lot of artists and illustrators on Instagram, and I my Instagram feed is always inspiring to me. I also save a lot of illustration, art journal and zentangle pins on Pinterest as inspiration.

But honestly, a lot of the time I just play around in my art journals and sketchbooks until I come up with something interesting.

Do you have any visual arts training, or are you self-taught?
I studied design at university for my first degree (a Bachelor of Science in Clothing, Textiles and Design), and I studied visual arts for two more years after that, thinking that I wanted to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting, but ultimately transferred out of the program and finished my Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies, instead. So yes, I have visual arts training.

I’ve also worked for many years professionally as a writer, editor, desktop publisher and in-house photographer in the social services sector, and have illustrated a few publications like this one for clients.

I love drawing, and over the years have filled many sketchbooks and art journals with my drawings, often using them as illustrations on my blogs and websites.

How do you create your adult coloring pages?
I use a scanner and several computer programs to save the pages electronically, so I draw all my originals on individual sheets of paper. I usually choose plain, 8 1/2 x 11″ sheets of printer paper, since they fit best in my scanner.

Once the drawing is done, I scan it as a picture, and save the file as a JPEG. I then open up the image file in PhotoShop to crop it, adjust the contrast so that the lines are dark and the background is pure white, and then I clean up any smudges, or discoloured areas left behind by the scanning process.

Finally, I save the image both as a JPEG and as a PDF, and then update the metadata in the PDF using Adobe Acrobat so that the PDFs are optimized for online search engines.

Then I upload the finished files to blog posts on this blog, and they’re yours!

I love drawing adult coloring pages. Every day I have dozens of ideas for new ones, and making the drawings is very enjoyable. I hope you enjoy them as much when you’re coloring them!

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Would you like more free, hand-drawn adult coloring pages like this? You can find an index of my adult coloring pages here.

illustration portfolio

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These illustrations are some sample blog illustrations that I did for Derek Sivers’ blog. The above illustration is for this article about breathing out. The illustration below is for this article about breaking the rules.

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The illustration below is for this article about “Doing This.”

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The illustration below is for this article about Sivers preferring not to receive gifts.

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Below are also some samples of illustrations that I’ve done in colour with wax crayons.

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flowers (free adult coloring page)

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Ever since I started drawing adult coloring pages, I’ve been wanting to create some tutorials for beginners to adult coloring, and so I’ve been drawing some simple pages that beginners can use over and over again to work on their techniques. This is one of them. It was fun to draw – I started out tracing a small, circular object over and over again (I generally don’t use a pencil pre-drawing for most of my adult coloring pages), a technique I learned from The Bloggess after she posted photos of this zentangle drawing that she was working on.

Do I think that using pencil is cheating? No. I think you should do whatever works. Most of the time I just prefer a really loose, wonky kind of feel to my adult coloring pages, so I don’t bother with sketching in pencil guidelines.

Click on the link below to download the PDF. Click here for copyright and licensing information.

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Would you like more free, hand-drawn adult coloring pages like this? You can find an index of my adult coloring pages here. Read about how I came to draw adult coloring pages, here.

christmas joy (free adult coloring page)

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Since I started creating adult coloring pages and sharing works in progress on my Instagram feed, I’ve also been following a lot of amazing illustrators, like Margaret Berg. I absolutely love her stuff, and used some of her winter-themed illustrations as inspiration for this adult coloring page.

Click on the link below to download the PDF. Click here for copyright and licensing information.

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christmas tree (free adult coloring page)

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I’ve drawn several holiday-themed pages; you can find them all at this link. My favourite Christmas tree of all time is my sister’s tree, which is (I think) about 12 feet high. It makes me happy just to look at it.

I’ve sometimes had my own, live Christmas trees. Just little tiny ones, like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree. One year it was a rosemary plant, pretending to be a Christmas tree.

Click on the link below to download the PDF. Click here for copyright and licensing information.

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sugar skulls (free adult coloring pages)

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I’ve been fascinated by sugar skulls for a long time, and I love the Mexican tradition of using them as offerings for the beloved dead family members on the Day of the Dead celebrations. In a world where death (and signs of death like skulls) are often feared, I love the idea of staying connected to our loved ones even after death, and turning a feared symbol into a joyous one.

I’ve been drawing sugar skulls for the first time recently, and have had so much fun that I’m offering a PDF with three sugar skull drawings in one! The first coloring page is the simplest, and the second is similar but with more detail. The final coloring page has four different sugar skulls on it, if you want to do a bunch at once!

(Here’s a photo from my Instagram account of three colored-in versions of pages 1 and 2.)

Click on the link below to download the PDF. Click here for copyright and licensing information.

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rosa parks quote (free adult coloring page)

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I can’t imagine the courage it must have taken to be Rosa Parks on that bus in 1955. The more I work as an ally for #blacklivesmatter and other anti-oppression activism, the more I see how traumatized and worn down people can get. I drew this after a certain election when someone I desperately hoped wouldn’t win, did.

Free downloadable pdf adult coloring page. Click on the link below to download the PDF. Click here for copyright and licensing information.

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Would you like more free, hand-drawn adult coloring pages like this? You can find an index of my adult coloring pages here. Read about how I came to draw adult coloring pages, here.