The adult coloring book craze has made its way into the scriptures and the sacred realm. I recently took a look at the most current and trending in the faith venue. And then I realized that these coloring sheets were popping up everywhere I was going. Below is an example of an animal page, a tribal page, and a repetitive pattern page (which lends to those who find coloring meditative); all very common themes.
I’ve also included two examples of recent pages on display in a public setting. My advice? Look for books with solid thick paper, hopefully water absorbent – especially if you’re using markers or watercolors. Books with a solid thick cardboard backing will help you keep the book steady as you draw. Think about whether you want to save these images when you’re done and look THROUGH the paper to see if the ink design from the opposite side bleeds through and can be seen. You’ll want to work from left to right and top to bottom to prevent smudging color. I also believe that books that hold designs that don’t concentrate on a lot of white background space are best, when you’re using colored pencils, it is very, very difficult to achieve a uniform background over a large empty spot. And if you’re ready to amp up your work, I recommend a fixative spray or housing the work in an acid-free clear sleeve/frame.
One of the reasons you may really enjoy these themed books is because they’ll help you know the scriptures, meditate on the scriptures, and remember the scriptures. The faith oriented coloring books tend to have images that aren’t so busy and complicated, and generally have more pleasing lines to the eye. What a great way to expand prayer time and reflection on life. Note: I often get “ideas” while I am working with color, you may want to keep a plain note near you to jot these down as they arrive. Also, colored pencil works best when you “cross-hatch” two or more colors (this eliminates white space) and markers work best when you “blend” two or more colors. Always start with your lightest color and work up to your darkest. Experiment with keeping all the small areas dark or all the small areas light and see how your design changes!
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