Coloring Book Creations

by Kyra Sanders

Learn and share ways to use coloring pages outside the book.

Supplies

  • Coloring book or printable coloring pages/images
  • Compatible coloring medium
  • Variety of papers for printing
  • Scanner and printer
  • Editing software
  • Foam adhesive tape
  • Imagination!

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Choose a coloring book that appeals to you. Pay attention to the type of paper used and be sure it is compatible with your preferred coloring medium.

  2. Please note and honor the book’s copyright policy if you plan to scan or copy pages, especially if you intend to sell a project featuring the book’s artwork.

  3. Step 2

    For ease of coloring and scanning, you may wish to remove the pages from the book. Store unused pages in sheet protectors.

  4. With certain binding types, it may be helpful to remove the book’s cover first.

  5. Step 3

    Scan and print a page onto the paper that’s best for your project and coloring medium. Downloadable coloring sheets or digital images can also be used for a variety of projects.

  6. If printing onto tracing paper, stabilize the paper by adhering it to a carrier sheet with a thin line of glue across the edge of the paper that will enter the printer first.

  7. Step 4

    Scanning an image also allows you to remove portions for a particular project.

  8. This image was edited to fit a wood frame.

  9. Step 5

    You can also resize images to fit a project. In the sample here, images were printed onto tracing paper and applied to a book page with Mod Podge.

  10. In this project, the same method was used to apply tracing paper to a decorative disposable plastic plate.

  11. Step 6

    Pages can be cut into panels to use in the same way you would use decorative paper on a card.

  12. Step 7

    Or use a page for a 3D project, such as this paper bow.

  13. View the tutorial HERE.

  14. Step 8

    Use a colored page to cover a decorative wood or chipboard piece. View the tutorial HERE.

  15. Step 9

    To create a decor item, print multiple copies of an image onto heavy cardstock. Color one image completely on one of the pages, and only the parts you want to pop up on the additional copies.

  16. Cut out the accent elements from the second sheet. Apply foam tape to these pieces and adhere them to the colored image for more dimension.

  17. Step 10

    Complete the project, which is suitable for framing or mounting for display.

Video!

Variations

  1. Coloring pages can be used like decorative paper for wrapping small gifts, folding into boxes, or layers on handmade cards, especially pages with repeating patterns. If the area around the design is open, you could die cut tags with a portion of the design, leaving open space to stamp or write a greeting. If you want to keep your book together, an art journal might be a fun idea - try out techniques or add layers of paint or other mediums to enhance the designs, and add quotes or thoughts in the open spaces.

    Share your ideas below!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Coloring Book Creations. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Love your project. I loved it on the clear plastic plate. That is a great idea to put it on the bottom of a plate and maybe use it to deliver a treat to a friend.
Lorrayne Ingram  |  Wed Nov 30, 2016 at 7:00 AM
I was so excited to see this tutorial! Last year I bought a postcard coloring book and I love the images but it's sooooo tiny! This gives me great ideas of ways to incorporate the designs with some word stamps to make great projects!
Mary Dew Lee  |  Wed Nov 30, 2016 at 9:23 AM
Wow, first let me say "I thought I was organized" what an awesome idea with the binder and sheet protectors. I never thought to copy a coloring book page and keep the original. I could have saved some of my favorites that I made little mistakes on.
Thank you for showing us so many different ways to use these pages. I love the little plate and the letter K you did. Very pretty!!!
Last but not least...I love your little kitten that shows up at the end of the video. What a cutie.
Dani  |  Wed Nov 30, 2016 at 12:54 PM
Kyra, I love this technique to make such beautiful artwork and gifts! Your coloring is amazing, and I loved the video. I would love for you to add the coloring books you've used for each project. They are beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to do all the step-outs and the wonderful video! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed Nov 30, 2016 at 12:56 PM
Fantastic tutorial! You have so many ideas and your coloring is awesome!
Kathy Harrison  |  Wed Nov 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM
LOVE this idea! I plan to try it very soon! Thanks!
Sue  |  Wed Nov 30, 2016 at 3:59 PM
Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I have so many coloring books so it is quite inspirational to see the various ways to use the completed colored pages. Thanks, Kyra!
Joanne Travis  |  Wed Nov 30, 2016 at 4:04 PM
These are some clever and beautiful tips! Thanks for sharing your talents Kyra! smile
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Nov 30, 2016 at 9:57 PM
This is a wonderful idea! Thank you! I had bought a coloring book that would make good framed artwork, but never considered scanning and resizing. I am a card maker and had thought of using parts of a page or putting the design on different papers. I don't know that my printer would accept a watercolor paper. I think it would be too thick. Guess I will need to experiment.
Thank you so much for the awesome ideas and tips!
Renie
Renie  |  Thu Dec 1, 2016 at 2:37 PM
Oh my!!! You created so many different projects with coloring book pages! Thanks for the inspiration!
angela bode  |  Sat Dec 3, 2016 at 9:41 PM
Great tutorial! I always forget about using tracing paper! Tracing paper takes me back to kindergarten and how we learned to "write" by tracing letters and words from the laminated practice sheet. I loved it!!! My mom (a school librarian at the time) bought me a whole pad of tracing paper and I was off to the races! I used to get the best penmanship certificates in the primary grades (OK, I've dated myself, now). wink Anywho, now I have a new reason to get all giddy again over tracing paper!
Lori  |  Mon Dec 12, 2016 at 5:52 AM

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