Testing – Bold & Hippie Style Circles

I’m testing a few new ideas for bolder coloring books.

“Bold” refers to the lines. I draw them heavier than most people do. My bold-style coloring books are ideal for coloring in low-light conditions, and they’re helpful for art therapists and anyone facing vision challenges.

Swirly stars - colored(My “bold & easy” coloring books also have heavy lines, but the spaces are bigger than usual, too. They’re ideal for people with vision, dexterity, or eye-hand coordination issues, as well as those coloring in low-light conditions.)

I’ve already drawn about 20 coloring designs, and I’m working on more this week.

Here are some samples of the bold designs. Most have hippie themes, and will appeal to those who remember the 1960s, as well as those who love the designs of that era.

(I hand-colored the two illustrations, using a mix of Prismacolor, Pluqis, and Staedtler colored pencils.)

Hippie Bold - Swirly designThis is a test to see how you like these kinds of designs. I hope you’ll leave feedback in comments at this article. Tell me what you like, don’t like, and want more (or less) of.

Your comments will help me plan my coloring books with bold, hippie designs, as well as my bold-and-easy coloring books.

Click any image to download it as a PDF. (8 1/2″ x 11″ – ready to print!)

Click to download this butterfly design.
Stars & Swirls - click to download
Click to download this stars & swirls design.
Click to download this swirly, wavy design.

Here’s how I colored one of those pages. (It’s even prettier in real life. In natural sunlight, the colors really glow.)

Free Pages – What Goes Around

What Goes Around - CoverThese free coloring pages are created in memory of my mother. She had the hippie style before “hippies” were even a thing.

These are four coloring pages – hippie swirls and shapes that are designed in the round, plus one cover design.

Yes, they’re circles. Which way is up…? That’s up to you, as the Caterpillar might say. (That’s an Alice in Wonderland/White Rabbit reference… Jefferson Airplane and all that.)

Here’s how I colored one of the free sample pages:

Hand-colored art - What Goes Around

I like to use at least three different, related colors (or shades of them) in each area, to give the finished work a more three-dimensional look.

To download these free pages – each an 8.5″ x 11″ PDF (on Google Drive) – just click the image and it’ll open in a new window. (Or right-click to download it without preview.)

And the cover, since this was originally going to be a coloring book. (It may still become one, when I draw another 20+ of these.)

Free Writing Paper

This started as a way to leave happy looking notes for a neighbor. The subject was kind of serious, and I figured I’d lighten it up with hand-colored stationery.

To use these pages, I write my message in the white rectangle in the middle. Then, I hand-color the border design.

Yesterday, I realized I could print these for the little ones in my family, so they had an area to color, but also an area to draw in.

And then, I decided to make these available to everyone, free. So, you can click on any image below, and the PDF will open for you to download.  (These are 8 1/2″ x 11″ pages.)

And then… I realized my neighbors might enjoy them, too. So, I got an easy-to-remember Bit.ly URL, Free2Color. After that, I created the sign, colored it (by hand, of course), and taped it to our front door.

Free coloring pages and writing paper.

This kind of goes along with another recent project for my neighbors: Every morning, I put a new message in my window. I’ve printed them large enough so passers-by can read them when they’re on their way to work, or walking their dogs.

Most of the messages come from late 1960s’ and early 70s’ songs… things from Woodstock and the hippie era, in general. Others reflect similar attitudes.

Here are a few of them, stacked on my floor.

 

Window signs with happy quotes.

If you like this idea, the font is Elsie Swash Caps Black font, and the size should be at least 120 pts to be read by people passing by your home.

Generally, I’m printing on two sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ paper, horizontal, and then I tape them together to make the window sign.

For me, these ideas come from my “still a hippie” soul, with the idea that doing nice things for other people – and putting more happiness into the world – is the right thing to do.

And yes, I am planning to create more writing paper you can download, free, and more coloring book freebies, in general.

Good Vibes 1 – A coloring demonstration

Good Vibes 1 - a coloring demonstrationYes, I do color my own coloring pages!

As a coloring book artist, I like to be sure I enjoy coloring the designs I create. If they’re not fun for me, they can’t be in my coloring books.

Quality is important. I want you to enjoy my books.

Recently, I’ve started scanning my coloring art as I go along. Now you can see the colors I use, and my coloring process. That’s what’s in this video, and there will be more, similar videos in the future.

I hope this shows you one coloring option for this design.

This is one of several pages I colored from my Good Vibes 1 coloring book.