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Coloring Pages for Adults
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.
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 ColoringClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
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
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
Joy Subway Word Art Coloring Poster
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?
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?
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
- Alphabet Coloring - Letters and Numbers Coloring Sheets (free printables)
Free alphabet letter pictures to color, numbers and letters coloring sheets.
- Needle'nThread.com: Monograms
Monograms for Hand Embroidery - these would make beautiful colored pencil designs.
- Alphabet Coloring Pages (Printable)
Free Alphabet Coloring pages. All ABC coloring pages are printable using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Alphabet Coloring from Barbara Feldman
AlphabetColoring.net: Free alphabet coloring pages, easy to download and print. Fifteen different ABC alphabets to choose from.
- Coloring Alphabet Traditional Manuscript Page
Intricate pictures for coloring plus lettering guides below with lines. Remove the pictures if you don't need the handwriting practice.
- Alphabet Letter Coloring Pages
Detailed pictures drawn within the outlines of each letter of the alphabet.
- Monogram Design Alphabet Coloring Pages
Detailed monogram design alphabet coloring page, each letter of the alphabet is filled with designs and surrounded by pictures of items that begin with that letter.
Earth Day and Environmental Pictures to Color
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.
- Browsing Community Projects on deviantART
Art - community of artists and those devoted to art. Digital art, skin art, themes, wallpaper art, traditional art, photography, poetry / prose. Art prints.
- The Bearskinrug Sketchbook
The online sketchbook of Kevin Cornell. Contains 102 pages of sketches and drawings, presented in a Flash format. Requires 1 computer.
Thanks to Those Whose Public Domain Work Adorns this Article
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