So, you want to make your own colouring pages and give them out at your upcoming Christmas celebration. That is wonderful! Colouring is an activity that both children and adults enjoy. It can be calming, inspiring and above all- it is just plain fun! Colouring pages are really easy to obtain as well. You can find both adult, and children colouring books in local stores for as low as, $1.50 (depending on where you look) and you may also find free printable colouring pages online too. Crayola.com, FreeChristmas.com, and Coloringbookinfo.com are just a few websites that offer great Christmas colouring pages for you and others to take pleasure in. Christmas has a tendency to bring out our creative and thoughtful side however, which means printing out random pages online, or buying activity books off the shelf can seem a bit work-shy and impersonal during this time of year. So of course, you want to create colouring pages that are 100% yours, by drawing original line-art’s for your guests to colour themselves. This is a fabulous idea, and one that can be accomplished in just 3 easy steps!
Step #1: Draw your Christmas image(s). Don’t worry about being perfect. A colouring page does not have to be terribly detailed. Too much detail can actually make the outline too difficult to colour in; especially for children. So, once you have a clear picture in your head of what you want to create, start drawing your design in the middle of the paper, and cover as much of the page as possible. You don’t want your image to be too small either- or the joy of colouring won’t last long.
Once you are satisfied with your piece, take a fresh article of paper and trace over the original drawing in pencil. This will ensure your image looks nice and clean.
If you have doubts about your drawing abilities, take a look at some Christmas drawing tutorials online. I have listed a few of my favourites HERE.
Step #2: Outline Your Drawing(s). Take a thin black outlining pen, and gently go over your pencil sketch. Once you have completed this step, give your outline a few minutes to dry, and then take a firm eraser and very carefully erase any pencil marks that are still visible.
Step #3: Make Photocopies of your Line-Arts. This is the easy part! Find a photocopier and scan your line-art, so you may print out several copies for your guests. I like to print out more than I need encase someone wants to start over again, or take some pages home with them. When I draw I usually sketch at least 5 different scenes, so my family and friends will have options to choose from.
Now all you have to do is pick-out some nice felt markers! I suggest purchasing some thick none-smudge felt pens. Pencil crayons are also a great option. I have a large bin of pencil crayons that I like to leave out with my colouring pages along with a few pencil sharpeners, and erasers.
HOORAY! That was easy right? Art doesn’t have to be complicated, particularity during the Christmas season. So don’t over-think the project! Just have fun. 🙂
Please feel free to leave a comment below. I would love to hear all about your colouring page adventures.