Tomorrow is National Coloring Day in the USA, but I think it should be an International Coloring Day, a day where people are encouraged to do some colouring as a way to find a little peace and calm in their busy lives, as well as to express themselves creatively.
It doesn’t matter if you only colour in one flower or leaf or letter, or if you complete the whole template on the day; all that matters is that you take time out to just relax with your chosen coloring medium.
It matters not how expensive the medium is, or what the brand is. All that matters is that you enjoy and find the process restful, calming, relaxing and your mind is given a bit of a break from the endless self-talk we all experience.
Each year since it started, I’ve created a coloring template, and this is this years!
Here’s a link so you can download the black and white template . Just right click on the image and save it to where you can find it!
You can also find the image on the Angela Porter’s Coloring Book Fans facebook group. Not a member? Why not sign-up and join in with others who love coloring, particularly my art/templates.
There are just a couple of terms and conditions; please read and follow them:
- The template is for personal use only. If you want to share the template with others, then please share a link to this blog entry rather than just the template file!
- The template is not for resale or for inclusion in publications of any kind or in any format (physical or digital) with out my express permission.
- If you share your coloured version, then it would be really lovely if you would mention me, Angela Porter, as the artist and my blog or facebook page.
I look forward to seeing your colourations. Happy and peaceful coloring!
This competition is open to US residents only. Some of my Color Me books are included in the prizes! Just follow the link!
The day be soon upon us! National Coloring day in the USA, but that can apply to the whole world!
In celebration, I’ve created a free coloring template, a partly coloured version of which you can see above. You can get the template by visiting my facebook page, just click on this link to go directly to the post – Angela Porter Illustrator.
Have fun! I have been – lost several hours colouring in the template, and it’s only about half done, if that! Yes, I’ve been doing this one digitally, well partly. The mandala was drawn using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, printed out, and then the doodles and zentangles and so on were drawn using a Sakura Micron Pen. Scanned the finished image in, cleaned it up in Sketchbook Pro, then started to colour it digitally, and I actually like how the colouring is turning out. I’m finally getting to a stage where I can say I like what I’m doing … for this style of drawing at least. Somehow, I think that bold, bright colours with high contrast shadows and highlights to create a strong illusion of depth/dimension is me, and I perhaps need to forgo the desire to do ‘watercolours’…we’ll see in the fullness of time!
Admittedly not the best photo, but this was drawn yesterday. I started to colour it yesterday, using various brands of coloured pencils, and completed it today. An hour or so to draw, 10 hours to colour is my estimate!
I have also realised why I tend to use paints and markers and inks for colours so much these days – these media are kinder to my arthritic-y finger and thumb joints! I do love coloured pencils, the intensity of colour you can achieve, but needs must.
I have ordered various designs of cushioned pencil grips to see if they help with keeping my joints ache-free in the future.
In the meantime, I return to designing and drawing colouring templates with drawing pencil and pens, which seem to cause very few problems with the old joints.
It’s colouring day, if you’re taking part, have a lovely time with all your colours and templates. Enjoy taking the time out to create, relax, unwind and reconnect with yourself away from all the busyness of modern life.
I’m just drawing my design to colour in, as colouring in is a bit of a novelty for me these days due to all the linework I’ve been doing for colouring templates for new books up and coming – a fourth in the Color Me line, two more for Dover Publishing’s Creative Haven series.
There’s also two projects I’ve yet to have the clearance to announce, but they are exciting, and as soon as I can mention them, I will!
So, once again, happy colouring and happy creating!
Get your pens, pencils, crayons and paints out and lose yourself for a little while in colouring a template and/or filling it with patterns. Turn off the technology, give yourself some time and space.
One of my designs from Entangled is available to download for this event from Dover Publishing’s Colouring Day page, as are other gorgeous designs, as well as a specially designed one for the day.
You can also download one of my owls from Color Me Happy via Hobbycraft.
I’d love to see what you do with them, I really would!