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Coloring Pages for Adults

Updated on April 28, 2016
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Coloring page artist /designer for more than 30 years; get printable coloring pages at Lee's web sites (link info on Profile page).

Coloring for adults and teens for relaxation, stress reduction, therapy and art hobby enjoyment
Coloring for adults and teens for relaxation, stress reduction, therapy and art hobby enjoyment
Photo: Kaleidoscope - Giant 22 X 32.5 Inch Line Art Poster by Stuff2Color (see how to buy info below).
Photo: Kaleidoscope - Giant 22 X 32.5 Inch Line Art Poster by Stuff2Color (see how to buy info below).

Detailed Design Coloring Pages

Adult coloring pages and books are one of the best way to relax and be creative.

They are great for reducing stress and setting your mind free. If you loved to color as a child, or you want an interesting hobby that results in a work of art, why not try making your own artwork based on the detailed design books and posters drawn by artists.

You can choose from very detailed patterns and drawings to sketches, abstract images and realistic scenes. Find the level of complexity that fits your style, then add your own colors and patterns and textures.

NOTE: All pages linked from this page are rated G and suitable for viewing by everyone. If you're looking for mature content coloring books for adults you can find a good selection at Amazon or your local bookstore.

SPECIAL NOTE

All samples in this article (except for commercial printed books or posters for sale) are my original artwork or clearly noted public domain images.

You will see many examples of my drawings on this page. I also offer my own original paper crafts, clip art and coloring pages for all ages free (for noncommercial, personal use only) at my web sites (find details in my profile).

My original designs for coloring range from realistic pictures to abstract designs including mandalas, hip retro patterns, travel scenery, posters, Celtic art and tattoo patterns.

Seasonal Mandala Design for Coloring

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Romantic Mandala Coloring Sheet PrintablePatriotic MandalaDesign Coloring PageWhimsical seahorses in love mandala coloring design sheetEaster Mandala Coloring Sheet PrintableMardi Gras Mandala Design PrintableSeasonal mandalas can be mystical or they can bew whimsical like this Thanksgiving design.Merry Christmas Mandala, gingerbread cookies wreath coloring page
Romantic Mandala Coloring Sheet Printable
Romantic Mandala Coloring Sheet Printable | Source
Patriotic MandalaDesign Coloring Page
Patriotic MandalaDesign Coloring Page | Source
Whimsical seahorses in love mandala coloring design sheet
Whimsical seahorses in love mandala coloring design sheet | Source
Easter Mandala Coloring Sheet Printable
Easter Mandala Coloring Sheet Printable | Source
Mardi Gras Mandala Design Printable
Mardi Gras Mandala Design Printable | Source
Seasonal mandalas can be mystical or they can bew whimsical like this Thanksgiving design.
Seasonal mandalas can be mystical or they can bew whimsical like this Thanksgiving design. | Source
Merry Christmas Mandala, gingerbread cookies wreath coloring page
Merry Christmas Mandala, gingerbread cookies wreath coloring page | Source

Double Vision Peace - Mirror Image Flower Power Word Art Peace Coloring Page

This printable coloring page features a mirror image "PEACE" created in a retro, hippie-style bubble letters font filled with complex paisley designs to color in.

Hippie Peace Poster Coloring Sheet

Peace retro lettering coloring poster
Peace retro lettering coloring poster

Colored Pencils Rule - They're the Number 1 Choice of Colorists - I love my Prismacolor set of pencils for coloring and design work

I draw in pen and ink or on the computer, then add color and shading with colored pencils. I own and use this set of Prismacolor pencils plus I've got a tin of water-soluble pencils that take on the look of watercolors when you brush them with a slightly damp paintbrush.

Art starter drawings for you to finish

My drawing,  Harley chopper coloring page
My drawing, Harley chopper coloring page | Source
Simple farm scene sketch coloring page
Simple farm scene sketch coloring page

Make Art for Yourself

Design Your Own Coloring Pages. How to Make Line Art from Photos

I like to design graphics using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop tools: brushes, fonts and custom shapes.

If you have a favorite snapshot you can convert it into an artistic coloring page with a few simple adjustments in your favorite image editing program or you can trace the image using a light table or by taping the picture to a window and using another sheet of paper over the photo.

If you make art from copied photos, there's no copyright worry, but don't use a photograph owned by someone else to make artwork or illustrations to publish in any commercial publication.

Illustration of chopper motorcycle is my own work, featured at Clip Art and Crafts printable for non commercial use.

Expert Blending and Shading Techniques for Colored Pencils

Framed Mandala Design Sheet

Computer generated mandala design printable
Computer generated mandala design printable | Source

Learn Some Fancy Art Techniques - Colored Pencil Shading and Blending Tips

Add artistic touches to your colored pencil art with these tips for shading and blending.

Art Tools Poll - Do you color with crayon, colored pencil, markers, or something else?

Photo Credit: Michael Maggs - coloured pencils photo (Wikimedia). Adult coloring pages look great when you use colored pencils
Photo Credit: Michael Maggs - coloured pencils photo (Wikimedia). Adult coloring pages look great when you use colored pencils

I've always been a colored pencil lover. I color with markers, pastels, paints, pens and crayons, but my first choice of coloring tools is my collection of blendable colored pencils. To get more artsy I use a bit of water on a brush to create a wash, or add outlines and details with fine line permanent ink markers.

Which art tools do you prefer?

Doodle Drawings and Zentangles - Giant Zentangle Abstract Design Coloring Page

Make your own abstract designs by sketching a structured doodle or zentangle like these. It's easy and fun - just watch! These videos have music ... you may want to adjust your volume down, or UP, depending on your mood. I find music helps me open up creatively.

What's Your Favorite Coloring Tool?

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Art Therapy - Free Your Mind - Self Discovery through Art and Coloring

A talented artist and teacher leads you gently back to your childhood art freedom of expression she calls "the drawing mind" to take a journey of self-discovery and personal expression with drawing that you can apply to your day to day life.

Fire Island Lighthouse art sketch for adult coloring art hobby
Fire Island Lighthouse art sketch for adult coloring art hobby | Source
Art sketch coloring page, chickadee bird
Art sketch coloring page, chickadee bird | Source

Jump Start Your Art - Creative Craft Ideas

5 Nifty Projects With Printable Line Art or Coloring Pages

1. Start with a simple outline picture, then work with your favorite graphics editor to add color, patterns and textures.

2. Use a line drawing you like to make a temporary tattoo or design your personal body art.

3. Use unshaded drawings to create your own die cuts for card making or scrapbooking.

4. Project your favorite line drawing onto a wall, pencil it in, then paint a mural!

5. Make stencils and screen print designs from your favorite artworks.

6. Use adult coloring pages as a base sketch for your own paintings. Print onto watercolor paper or printable canvas and start adding your own color and shading.

Do you have an idea to share? Contact me through this site, or post a comment with link in the Guest Book to share!

Sample coloring artwork poster copyright Lee Hansen

Where to Find Printable Adult Coloring Pages

Do you enjoy coloring pictures of mandalas, nature, maps, diagrams, fantasy, fairies or animals? Share your favorites and ideas for coloring book art and crafts here. Don't be shy, the world is filled with adult coloring book enthusiasts..

Visit LeeHansen.com or ClipArtandCrafts.com to view my original art printable posters and coloring pages for adults and teens. (There are plenty of things there for youngsters as well.).

You might also find interesting suggestions for printable Designs to Color at Coloring Fun for Everyone.

Earth and Galaxy Poster - Flammarion Engraving Reproduction as a Line Drawing

Adult coloring poster, Flamarrion woodcut, earth and heavens poster
Adult coloring poster, Flamarrion woodcut, earth and heavens poster

The Flamarrion public domain image is a beautiful, complex design you can make into a hand-colored personal work of art. Reproductions of this 1888 book illustration were popular in the 1970s as full color 36" x 36" art posters. Color in this gorgeous picture with markers or colored pencils. You can have images printed on canvas or paper in large sizes at many local print shops.

Download the redrawn Flamarrion image (by jfrancis at Flickr) or a scanned version of the public domain engraving print available at Wikimedia

5 Creative Crafts to Make with Line Art and Coloring Book Pictures

Complex Celtic coloring page design
Complex Celtic coloring page design

Try these ideas for creative crafts you can make with coloring picture art and line drawings.

1. Use line simple drawings as templates for fabric crafts such as applique or embroidery. Here's an embroidery project created from a simple drawing. It's colored in with, yep, crayons.

2. Print out patterns to use as templates for paper crafts, including designs for cards or collages.

3. Make your own t-shirt or tote bag transfers from pictures you've enlarged and printed, then add color to the designs with fabric paints or heat-set crayons.

4. For a great party activity, print out several design sheets to assemble into a creative "wall of fame" project. Let guests color in the pictures (or embellish with paper, glitter and other materials) and add their signatures. This is fun for everyone and works great as a team-building event.

5. Use line drawings to make unique die cuts for scrapbooking and card making, or try some paper embroidery or cut paper crafts.

How to Make a Coloring Sheet from a Photo - Convert Your Pictures into Sketch Art

Make a coloring page from a photo
Make a coloring page from a photo
Line art created from a photo of my granddaughter when she was a child.
Line art created from a photo of my granddaughter when she was a child.

With just a few easy steps, I made the coloring picture above of my granddaughter in less than five minutes using Photoshop.

If you don't' have Photoshop you can use Picjoke, an online tool that converts any photo into a line art sketch.

Here's a sketch picture I made by converting another photo of my granddaughter to a greyscale image.

Supreme Designs - Body Art - Beautiful Back Tattoo Inspiration

Photo credit: imagefactory from morguefile.com woman's back tattoo body art
Photo credit: imagefactory from morguefile.com woman's back tattoo body art

Anatomy Coloring Books

You can find a large collection of detailed anatomy coloring books at Dover Publications or Amazon. These educational and popular medical references with beautifully detailed drawings actually teach you about the body and its systems as you color.

Coloring on Fabric

Use fabric markers and DIY iron transfers to create unique fashions and home décor items from coloring page art.

Draw Yourself as a Superhero

HeroMachine 3 - draw yourself as a superhero
HeroMachine 3 - draw yourself as a superhero

No-Mess Art - Digital Coloring Pages

These links will take you to sites where you can color and paint using your computer and mouse.

Doodle for Fun

Number ten birthday monogram coloring sheet
Number ten birthday monogram coloring sheet | Source

Letters, Monograms, Initials, Numbers

Artistic Monograms Have Been Popular Since the Middle Ages

For centuries, artists have created "Illuminated manuscripts" carefully lettered with beautifully decorated initial letters on parchment.

Our fascination and love for letters and monograms endures today, in simple and complex designs filled with or surrounded with colored pictures and shapes.

Use these coloring pages with letter and number outlines to color or for crafts and designs. Have fun putting your own doodles and designs inside popular "bubble" letter shapes and number outlines.

Earth Day and Environmental Pictures to Color

Auntie Pollution Water Protection Coloring Page
Auntie Pollution Water Protection Coloring Page

The US National Institute for Environmental Health Services publishes many free resources including a series of coloring books with images for colorists of all ages. Printable PDF pages include lessons and messages about the environment, protecting natural resources and health science topics.

The sample picture above shows a page from one book starring the granny of conservation topics, Auntie Pollution.

Creative Art From the Heart - Links to Favorite Sketch and Coloring Art Pages

Look over the shoulder of other art lovers and sketch artists in this unique collection of personal art pages, sketchbook albums and online free art galleries.

Thanks to Those Whose Public Domain Work Adorns this Article

Pablo Picasso quotation
Pablo Picasso quotation

Image Credits

NIEHS public domain coloring book: Auntie Pollution water and waterfowl protection printable

George Hernandez - Crayola crayons photo (Wikimedia).

Jorge Barrios - wax crayons photo (Wikimedia).

Michael Maggs - coloured pencils photo (Wikimedia).

Lee Hansen / Clip Art and Crafts - Adult Coloring Pages Video

© 2007 Lee Hansen

Guest Book: Coloring Book Fun Is Not Just for Kids! - Comments Please - What 's your favorite coloring page theme?

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Lee, cool ideas to keep your creative mind busy. A lot of comments here! Voted up for awesome!

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      Lee Hansen 24 months ago from Vermont

      I enjoy drawing and coloring so much I've got thousands of pages to sort through. Enjoy!

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      Susan Keeping 24 months ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I just rediscovered coloring :) I find it such a great stress reliever and an excuse to get away from the computer. I have found lots of great pictures to color :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This brought back memories. I would spend hours...hours...hundreds of hours coloring as a kid....my goodness, some of these look like loads of fun. Thank you for a great article.

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      LisaDH 2 years ago

      You're never too old to color!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I never realized how many adults like to color. When I was a kid, I loved to draw, but as an adult mother of four kids, I never had time to indulge. These days, I hardly have time for anything but writing....maybe one of these days I can treat myself with some of these things. Love the colors.

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      HwangSeongMina 2 years ago from USA

      Sounds like fun! I would love to color my favorite fictional characters, since I can't draw.

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      MissLivvy 2 years ago

      Oh my goodness. You've inspired me to take up colouring in again! This is a great lens that I'm sure I'll be revisiting.

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      Spirality 2 years ago

      I love to color simple designs. I find that, for me, intricate designs get too muddled.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I still love to color and I'm in my mid twenties :) I don't think I'll ever stop enjoying it- really loved the abstract pages on here!

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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      This is pretty awesome! Great art.

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      Marcel White 3 years ago

      No, I'm not "an adult who enjoys coloring pictures" but after reading your lens I'm tempted to test my abilities. It seems so cool! Thanks.

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      Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

      @TTDart: I really love making my line art available for others to add shading, textures and details including adding dimension. On my 3D op art coloring pages (check out all the stuff at http://www.leehansen.com/printables/adultcoloring/... there's an even bigger challenge - you really need to concentrate to get your head around some of the illusions.

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      TTDart 3 years ago

      3D pages, you can get really fancy with the shading~

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      I think the 3D pages look awesome. I like the geometric patterns the best, I think.

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      richardrose 3 years ago

      I haven't done any coloring for years but my daughter still love it. Will show her this great lens

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      janey126 3 years ago

      Great lens. It was a pleasure visiting it.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Amazing coloring pages! Wow!

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      Barbara Casey 3 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      Very cool ideas... especially the DIY info. Thank you!

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