Tips for Newbies to Adult Colouring Books
It’s a good idea to test your markers or gel pens on a page in the back of the book or use the cover page. This is check for ink bleed or show through, particularly if the book has patterns printed on every page.
If you have bought a book like that, you could try slipping a piece of paper behind each pattern page to protect the pages behind from marking or bleed through issues.
Sharpen your pencil more than you think you need to. This sounds obvious but you can quickly become so engrossed in your colouring that you hard notice you are pressing harder.
Take you time, you probably aren’t selling your pages, well not yet anyway. Enjoy yourself and you will be much more satisfied with your progress.
Buy books one at a time so you can see which type of patterns you most like to colour in. You will be surprised how easy it is to pick up every colouring book you see. Don’t waste your money yet, find out what rocks your boat or you will end up with a bunch of books you won’t ever get around to colouring.
Go to the biggest art store in town to check which pencils you like the feel of. Playing with pencils is so great and they will usually have them available to buy one at a time. The prices on Amazon are always cheaper but that way you can test them all. I bought a few of each kind and brought them home. Plus you can never have too many pencils, that’s a rule!
Buy the biggest selection of your favourite colors (see previous tips) that you can afford. It ends up being cheaper than buying a small box of 12 or 24 and then filling in with singles.
Print out free to colour pages you find online.Just Google it, there are plenty out there.
Join a Colouring Book Facebook page to learn and get support. There are literally dozens! If you end up joining one that’s too intense, just find another. Many of them are just trying to sell you something but there are lots more that are genuinely just trying to help and you will learn a whole load of tips and technique.
Another great source of help is YouTube. Just search for colouring tutorials – there are thousands.
Look for local colouring groups at your local library or art club. You might be lucky and find one. If not why not start your own. I am helping start one in my area with the Library in my town. I can’t wait to meet other colouring book addicts!
Finally, just have fun and colour outside the lines, it really is OK.