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Easy Coloring Book Design: How to Create Your Own Hand Drawn Coloring Pages

teacher avatar Shelley Hitz, Watercolor and Lettering Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction to Easy Coloring Book Design


    • 2.

      Supplies Overview


    • 3.

      Brainstorming the Text and Image for Your Design


    • 4.

      Start With a Pencil Sketch of Your Text


    • 5.

      Creating Your Text in a Word Document


    • 6.

      Add Images and Patterns


    • 7.

      Time to Ink Your Design


    • 8.

      Case Study


    • 9.

      Your Next Steps


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About This Class


Would you like to be able to create your own hand drawn coloring pages the easy way?

Whether you love to color or you want to tap into the popular trend of adult coloring books, I will take you step-by-step through the process of creating hand drawn coloring book pages.

I recently created my own adult coloring book pages for my book, "Broken Crayons Still Color" and now want to share what I learned with you.

There is so much you can do once you have your designs. You can use them personally to color or to give them to family and friends. Or you can create coloring pages to sell in books or on other products.

By the end of this class, you will have your very own coloring book page to use in whatever way you want.

When you enroll in this class you will get my resources list which includes all the supplies you need, websites to find free public domain images, and also how to create script lettering in a Word document if you are not confident in your hand lettering yet.

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Pencil and eraser


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Shelley Hitz

Watercolor and Lettering Artist


Ready to learn the art of lettering and watercolor, the easy way? I know what it's like to be a beginner. And I know what it's like to battle the inner critic. The fear, self-doubt, and comparison.

But, I have learned to embrace the artist in me and have re-discovered the joy of creating art.

Art can help you:

Relax and have fun. It's been an amazing form of self-care for me. Discover the power of color. Creating art can bring you so much joy. Create beautiful pieces you can display in your home or give as gifts. And so much more!

I'm passionate about teaching others and love seeing each of you have the courage to embrace your creativity and choose to create art.

In my classes, I will take you step-by-step through the learning process and cheer you on in this... See full profile

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1. Introduction to Easy Coloring Book Design: would you like to be able to create your own hand drawn coloring pages? Theo. Easy way Hi, my name is Shelly Hits. I'm an author and illustrator. And have you noticed how coloring as an adult has just become so popular? There are several reasons why coloring provides focus. It increases your creativity so it can increase your creativity in other areas. It reduces anxiety, provides stress relief. It gives you that mind body connection, and it just provides simplicity in your life. So whether you loved a color or whether you want toe tap into this really popular trend of adult coloring, I'm gonna teach you in this class easy coloring book design. How to create your own hand drawn coloring book pages. It wasn't long ago that I knew I wanted to create coloring book pages for my book of an author, and I'm an author coach and I was writing this book, Broken Grand still color, and I knew because of the artistic nature of this book, I wanted to include coloring book pages, and I thought I would need to hire someone to do it because I thought, I can't do it. I don't have enough artistic ability. I don't know what to Dio. I really sensed it was to come from me that those particular coloring pages I needed to create. And so I started to research, and I finally just overcame the fear and doubt. And I sat in my chair and I did it, and my very first coloring book page design came out beautiful. It even surprised me. And now this design is on T shirts. It's on mugs. It's published inside my book. There's so much you can do once you have those designs. I have coloring book pages for every chapter of my book. Whether or not you want to create coloring pages for personal reasons, to color yourself or to give to family and friends. Or you want to create coloring pages to sell or to publish in a book, I'm gonna take you step by step through the exact process I used. Now. I learned a lot of things along the way, but I'm gonna take you through a simple, an easy process, and by the end of this class you will have your very own coloring book page that you can use in whatever way you want. When you enroll in this class, you'll get my resource list, which includes all the supplies you need, which really isn't that much. You just need a paper, pencil and pen. It really could be that easy, but I'll give you all the resource is the different places you can get public domain images . If you prefer not to draw, I'll even give you a word document, and I will show you in one of the videos how to create text in Microsoft Word four Coloring book pages. If you're not confident in your hand lettering skills yet, so don't worry. You will be able to have a final product that you're proud of, and I'm so excited to see what you create, click and roll and get started today. 2. Supplies Overview: for this class, you literally just need a paper, pencil and eraser and pen. You can get more elaborate if you want, but I encourage you to keep it simple. As you go through the process, you can add other things and do other things. But let's start simple and really get the flow and just the technique of what you're going to do for creating these coloring book pages. I personally used this skansen mixed media paper. This is a 11 by 14 size, and it's £98. Now. You don't have to use this kind of paper, but I personally just liked it because it's just a little bit better quality than your typical paper. Now, for this paper, the size is pretty big 11 by 14. And if you do want to eventually digitize your designs, which you never know, I mean, even if you're not thinking about it right now, maybe down the road you would want to digitize your designs. Something this big 11 by 14 may not fit on a scanner, so you might have to take that into, like, a copy store like Staples Toe. Have them scan it, but you know thinking in advance. What I recommend is taking some sort of paper cutter. This was mine from way back in that scrapbooking days and just cutting it down to 8.5 by 11 . That way you have the size that will fit on your scanner. You can also use just regular paper. This is card stock, this regular card stock paper you can use thus, or you could just use regular copy paper to use whatever you have on hand and just make sure it has a plain background. And if you do plan on digitizing or reproducing these in the future, make sure the size is small enough that you can do that and then four year pens. There's different options, but I love using the micron pens so these air microns and they come in all different sizes . You can see it. 08 005 is the smallest, so they come in all different sizes. That way, if you have different things you're doing in your design, you know you can use the different sizes, and you could just get these in a pack on Amazon, and I've listed all the supplies in your class resource is so you can have them easily there. What I tended to use the most with my coloring book pages is thes 05 That is kind of in the middle and it But it creates a nice line. Show you on this paper the different thicknesses. So that 05 and it was just a nice thickness zero. It's gonna be a little thicker, depending health IQ. You want your lines, and then it's just gonna get smaller from there. This is 03 and sometimes for small detail work it is. Nice toe have the smaller sizes zero to 01 and finally 005 So you can kind of see the differences in thickness. Now, if you don't have the microns and you don't want to spend the money on them, you can just use something as simple as the Sharpie. Ultra fine point. Now, I do recommend using a pen that is a permanent marker. So something like the micron or the Sharpie, these air, both permanent and when? Because you know, when you, um, pencil your design and erase it, you don't want thes dis much or smear so a permanent marker won't smear or smudge so you can see this one. The thickness does. It does tend to seem a little bit more like 05 So it's it really doesn't look that much different. So those are the pens that I recommend, but you can use any black pen that you have. You don't have to have a special pen. And then for pencils, you just need a pencil and an eraser. So even something like this that you you have around the house with as an eraser will work . I got these pencils at a supply store and I just have, ah, eraser here. But you can use whatever pencils you want, and then you may or may not want to have a ruler on hand just to draw straight lines. I kind of liked the hand drawn effect without having any specific lines. And so that's all you need. Just paper, pen, pencil, eraser, and you're good to go. Let's dive in. I'm so excited to help you create your coloring book page 3. Brainstorming the Text and Image for Your Design: Now that you have your supplies, you're ready to start brainstorming your coloring page design. So I encourage you to create a coloring page that has both an image or images and text. So I want you to write out on a piece of paper, an idea for what you want to create. So it could be a certain phrase that you would love to create. For example, my book Broken Kranz still color. The very first page I created was all around that phrase my book title, so it could be a specific quote. You like a phrase you like. It could be something as simple as choose joy or choose gratitude. Whatever you want to do, decide on your text. Then, from your text, you can decide on a theme for your image. So whatever text you decided on, I want you to think what kind of image would go along with that phrase? Would a mountain scene go along with that? Maybe stars or a sun and flowers? What is it that would go along with that specific theme? Flowers really work well with just about any phrase, and you can also just simply do patterns and designs. So right now, I want you to take a moment, brainstorm what phrase you're going to use on your coloring book page and the design. What kind of image you'll you'll pair and you'll draw to go along with that phrase. I am so excited to see what you create. I cannot wait. So post in the class projects what you decide to create your phrase in your image and let's get started. 4. Start With a Pencil Sketch of Your Text: The first step is to start with a pencil sketch. So when you start with the pencil sketch, it's going to make everything easier. You can erase any mistakes you can start over. It's just going to take the pressure off. And this was one thing that I learned that really helped me be successful. And don't be afraid of erasers because it's really your friend. When you're creating in the beginning, it's going to take practice. And yet it's really great to start with a pencil design. So I also like to start with my text first, and I kind of like to find how you know, if I want to centered in the page, I'm gonna have it above or below the picture. And so you kind of want to think I had a time like what is going to be your layout? And if you really don't have any other idea, just put it right in the center and you can do that very easily now. When I first started with coloring book pages, I was not very good at lettering ice. I still I'm growing and learning in my hand lettering, but when you're first getting started. One of the best ways to do the lettering is what's called faux calligraphy. And so focal a graffiti is just adding in the extra wait to the letters manually. So instead of having it be something that you have with your brush pen, you can just draw out your words and then in calligraphy and brush lettering. Your basic thing is the down stroke is thick, the upstroke is thin. So then here you can just add in a little extra wait to your word. And you know, I can then erase away that little piece in the middle there. So then it would just it would act like it was coming over there. Actually, it would go over so ends like that and then for the O, you're going to do something like that and you would do this with all of your letters. See, I I just love my eraser because I can just come in here, and any time I make a little mistake, I can erase it. And then again, as you're coming down here, you're going tohave the thicker line. So I love using this faux calligraphy in coloring pages because what you can do is you can leave this part here open for people to color in, and that way you know that has extra things that they can color. But it really has a nice look. You do want to kind of try to keep the thickness the same. I noticed this one's a little bit thicker than the other ones, so I might correct to that. But that's a really great way to get started. Another thing to do when you're first getting started is to try block lettering and block lettering is something I grew up doing. And, you know, I grew up in the eighties where we passed notes we didn't have texting. So I did a lot of the block lettering. And let me just show you on the other side say, I'm going to do the word love. And again you can use your your, um your ruler, you know, to create little lines if you want to make sure you're straight and you can get it exactly right. I'm not measuring this stuff exact, but and then you just create a block lettering. Now, I I know it well enough now that I'm able to do it freehand. If you're not able to do it FREEHAND yet, What you can dio is you can draw the letters out all caps and then just draw the blocks around that. So instead of just drawing it freehand, you could just draw the L O the E. And then you just draw around it and you would erase that in the middle. And so here you draw around it. But I need a little more space in between the letters to make sure that it's working well and you can just draw around them. And then that gives you that block Lettering look as well. So those air too easy ways to get started with the lettering. Usual racer, Use your pencil and you know your racer, like I said, is your best friend. Make it to look exactly how you want it. And if you're still not confident with your hand lettering, I have included in the next video another option where you can create your font inside Microsoft Word and use a script font, which will make it still look really pretty. But then you can just print that off and create your designs around that. So that's another option, and you'll you'll see step by step. How to do that in the next video 5. Creating Your Text in a Word Document: in this video, I'm gonna show you how you can create your font in Microsoft Word and printed out to be able to draw on instead. If you're not confident in your lettering skills yet, So I'm in Microsoft Word and I'm on a Mac, so it's gonna look very similar depending on what computer you're on. It may be a little different, but I'm just going to show you the basics and how it works. So basically, you go to insert text box, and then you just click on here and you can make it however big you want. And I'm just gonna say, choose gratitude, gonna put it on separate lines and they put it in the middle. So when I do coloring pages, I love using inspirational quotes. Now, you can do whatever you want with your coloring pages, but I'm just telling you what I like to do. So I'm gonna I'm gonna say, choose gratitude that I'm going to right click and click on format text effects and for the text. Phil, you want this to be white and then the text line, You want it to be black and click OK, and then we'll go ahead and select this. There we go. There you have, You know, a real simple text, and this is with camera. You can use all sorts of fonts so you can find fonts online that are lettering, fonts that are free to download. This is King Basil Light. It was one that I had downloaded for free at one time. So then you have that nice lettering look, and it's really, really great. You want to center it, how you want it. So let's go ahead and look at the whole page, and then we'll just move this down to the center of the page. Could maybe even make this just a little bit bigger. Gonna go ahead and let's say 100 and see what that looks like. I think that looks really good, but that they're so basically that's all you do. And then, if you wanna have it landscape instead of portrait, just change your page set up and make sure again that this stays centered. Then you can just print it off this way and then you have a landscape coloring page to choose from. But this is a really quick and easy way to get some lettering in, and then you can even add patterns inside those letters. But you just print this off and then you'll use that printed paper for adding your designs to it. But I personally love the hand written lettering, and so I encourage you to do that if you can. But if you want to start with this option, this more document is in your class. Resource is, you can download and use this as you want, and then you can change the text and I'll just go ahead and have this formatted and in your class resource is for you. This is so exciting. I cannot wait to see what you choose to create for your coloring page. 6. Add Images and Patterns: So the next thing you're going to do is once you have the pencil sketch of your words or your phrase, then you will pencil sketch your pattern or your images. And so one thing you want to think about is what goes with the theme and with joy. You know, I could do stars. I could do circles. I you know, I could do a sun and flowers. There's so many things that I could dio but I just I don't know. I just see joy like, bubbling up and you see all these bubbles and I think I'm just gonna do circles. I'm just gonna do a bunch of circles randomly around different sizes, different shapes you want, make sure they kind of the layout looks nice. The pattern Have it be random enough, but have it to seem like it's balanced. So I'm just gonna pencil these in, and what you want to think about is do you want to put any patterns than into your design as well? So what I can do then, is once thes circles are created, I can create a pattern inside the circles if I want, and I don't think I'm going to do all of the circles right now. I'm Phil. The whole page. I could if I wanted, just fill the whole page with different circles. But I'm just going to do some random ones here. Your basic shapes, air circles, squares, triangles. And then you can just take these basic shapes and create your page. Now you can see how I added balance because I did it on these two sides. I didn't add them on the other areas, but you can do. You can do your design anyway that you want. One thing you can also do is public domain. Images are images that you have the rights to use commercially. So even if you plan to put your coloring pages in a book or published them in a design, if you find public domain images that you like, you could actually print them off and then trace those on your paper. Now this paper's fairly thick, but I did that for one of my designs. It was a butterfly, and even though the paper was thick, I could still see through the paper. Teoh, trace it So like this is a ning drawing that I've drawn before, but I don't know if you can see, but you can still see through here. You can also use a light box which you can get an inexpensive one from Crayola. You know, a light box. And then you put the printed out public domain image like, um, clip art or just black and white line drawings, those air, the type of drawings and images that will work best for this type of technique. The other thing you can do. And one thing I did when I created my very first image broken Cranston color. I wanted to include Broken Kranz in the image. And so what I did is I actually had broken crowns right here. I laid them out in front of me on my table exactly how I wanted to to draw them. And then I just use that as my example. And it worked out really, really well. You can also do that with images high. Recommend using images you have permission to use so royalty free images or images like from a site, paint my photo. They give you permission to use those commercially. And so I have provided links to those sites where you confined public domain images as well as royalty free images in the class resource Pdf in this class, so download that check out some other options. But you could just do something as simple as circles. See how pretty that looks, even just like it is. And then I could also just start filling these in with patterns like lines. Checkerboard, um, squid. Glee's like this, and then you can just fill it in with different patterns that make it more interesting for a coloring book page. And you can do little circles inside the circle. There's so many things that you can dio once you have your design, and I encourage you to be creative with yours and have fun. 7. Time to Ink Your Design: now that you have the finished pencil sketch. Now it's time to put ink to paper. So whatever pens you've decided to use, if you want to use the micron or if you want to use a Sharpie or another pen that you have now it's time to start thinking. And what I love about this is it doesn't have to be exactly perfect right over the pencil. Just allow yourself to go with the flow. What you will do then, is afterwards you will erase the pencil. So if it doesn't line up exactly, don't worry about it because you're going to be erasing that pencil mark later. So now I'm just gonna come over, and I'm gonna trace all of these areas here with my pen. Now it is nice if you have some sort of flat surface. This table I use is not flat. And so what I What I found is when I was creating my pink my my pen, an ink over top of the pencil. It created a texture in the line that I didn't like. So I just used the back of my paper, the cardboard of my mixed media paper cancer and mixed media paper. I just use the cardboard the back of that, and it provides a really straight surface for me, too, to think my drawing. So basically you're just going to come through and ink everything that you have done and you're you can fill in things if you want. But like I said, sometimes with the coloring book pages, it's nice to leave these open same thing with the block lettering. It's nice to leave them open so that you can The person who is going to be coloring that if that's you or someone else can then fill those in later. And it is nice at times to get an idea of what you like with coloring books, books. So when I was creating mine actually went to Barnes and Noble, and I just got a bunch of coloring books and I looked at the designs I liked. I looked at the different things I liked, and for me personally, I really like the coloring pages with, um, trying to talk and draw at the same time. Most things can be corrected, but you really do want to focus while you're doing your pen. But I really noticed for me. Personally, I really liked the coloring pages with words, and so that's what I really liked. And then I just like the simple drawings, High personally don't like the rial complex patterns. But if you like those complex patterns, go for it because this is your coloring book page. You want it to be the way that you like it to be. And I'm just sharing with you what worked for me and an easy way to get started. Now I want you to see when I have been putting the pen over this. Some of the lines are not perfect, and they're a little bit unsteady. I personally feel like that's completely OK. I think most people are when they want the hand drawn. Look for a coloring page. That's what they're looking for. They're not looking for a perfect computer generated image. I think they like that and personally for me. When I was creating my coloring pages for my book Broken Kranz still color. I did not want things to be perfect, because in that book I talk about how you know we don't have to be perfect to be a master bees and so that just really fit well with the theme of my book. But as I went, I realized I just really like that feel of the imperfection and just the hand drawn look and that it's not just a perfect, perfect, perfect, computer generated look. I think in our society, you know, there's so much pressure to be perfect, and I just think it really adds some character to your drawing. Like I said, to not have that perfection, and it really is nice. Now if you're if you're coming over an area and like this, I didn't want to put my hand on the ink just yet. In case it would smudge. It's not quite dry now. This type of thing is permanent, so it shouldn't smudge. But just in case you can put a piece of paper over that while you're inking up. This is a very, very simple design, and I wanted to keep it really simple just to show you how easy it is to create your own coloring page. It doesn't have to be hard. Let it be easy. You can create something simple and beautiful that you can be proud of without having to do complex artwork. You can just do something as simple. Is this, like different sizes of circles, and it still looks really cool. And so what you're going to do is just finish this up. And then once, once it's done, I recommend letting it dry a little bit, so that then you can come back through and erase your pencil marks. Typically, what I'll do is I'll come in and I'll start with the part that I did in the beginning, and I'll just come in and start erasing. Usually this ink does not smear. You probably will want to test your supplies before you start on your final project, test it on a smaller piece of paper and see how it's going to react to you racing and the type of ink you have and all of that. But it's really nice, because you can just come in and erase everything here. And yet you were able to use the pencil to get the the look that you wanted from the beginning. So once you have it all erased, you'll just get rid of the eraser marks. I have a little trash can underneath my desk here and then you have your finished project. I did not erase this yet just because just for time. But you can come back through after you did your first a race and see if there's anything else any other lines that maybe you missed. You didn't get as well, and you may want to be a little bit lighter on the pencil. I was trying to really show you what I was doing. And so you may want to be a little lighter on the pencil, so it's easier to erase afterwards. But there you have it. You have a finished coloring book page. 8. Case Study: I'm so excited to see your finished projects post your project. You were coloring book page that you completed in the class below. I also thought it might be interesting for you toe watch as I created some of my coloring book pages for my book. Broken Kranz Still color. So here it is, high speed so you can watch a few of my designs enjoy you. E way E way . 9. Your Next Steps: I am so proud of you for creating this coloring Web page, and I'm excited to see it. Please post your project in the project section of this class. I'd love to see what you designed, what you came up with, and don't stop with this design. Keep creating. Keep coming up with new ideas that you can then share. However you want to share either with friends and family or publishing it somewhere online . If you do what to publish your designs either in a book or to sell them on products and other things, then you will need to digitize your design. You'll need to take this design. You've created this hand drawn, beautiful coloring book page and have it digitized so that it could be used in many different ways. In my next class, I will be showing you step by step, how to go through that process of digitizing your design, so make sure to sign it for that class. If you enjoy this class, I would really appreciate you simply taking a moment to post your review here on Skill Chair. There should be a pop up at the top of your screen that says would you recommend this class to other students? Simply click yes and post a sentence or two about what you learned, what you appreciated or what you've gained from this class. And it would mean the world to me. It also helps to reach more people with this training. And so I appreciate you taking a moment to do that again. This is Shelly hits, and it's been my pleasure in my joy toe walk you through this process of creating your own hand drawn coloring book and I will see you in the next class until then, keep creating.