I have been wanting to try to create my own coloring pages for a long time. The pieces that I have used as coloring pages up to this point have basically been final drafts for paintings that I’ve done. I haven’t sat down and done a drawing with the goal of coloring page in mind.
I have so many ideas for pages, but I settled on some lettering that I was working on for Valentine’s Day:
I picked the “always” and the ampersand from one sheet and the “forever” from the other sheet. I started out adding hearts and stars, but I ended up ditching the stars. Then the striped swishy thing came to mind.
The whole thing felt like it needed some kind of frame, so I used my ellipse template that I have on hand for my lettering projects. Since I did this sketch on computer paper, I got out my light box in order to transfer the design onto some good card stock. From there I did the final inking:
I’m pretty happy with the final result. It’s simple with a lot of things to color in. When I thought about doing coloring pages before, I was trying to come up with very complicated, intricate designs. That may still come, but for now keeping it simple is what is motivating me to continue in this genre.