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.

Free Christmas Ornaments to Color – 2017

The holidays are such a wonderful time! And coloring can be a great activity with your family.
 
Here are links to some free coloring pages. All of them are at Google Drive, so you can share these links with others, too.
 
The first three ornament pages are new this year.
 
All of them are designed so you can use page reinforcements to protect the hole, where you can use an ornament hook or loop some thread, embroidery floss, or ribbon.
 
Then you can display these on your tree, a wreath, on your windows, or tape them to your door, or — as we do in my house — even on the kitchen cabinets. Spread the holiday merriment!
 
Aisling D’Art
 
Hippie Christmas 2017
 
 
From past Christmas coloring books
 
 
Bold & Easy Christmas ornaments
 
 
Holiday Wreath
 

Colorful Kitties and Curlicue Cats 1

by Aisling D’Art

Colorful Kitties and Curlicue Cats - Vol 1My newest coloring book, Colorful Kitties and Curlicue Cats,  arrived at Amazon.com this morning, and I’m so pleased with the colorful cover!

This book started with outlines of cats… 26 different cats, to be exact. Some are in profile. Some are walking. Others are lounging, and most are sitting. Generally, I think they’re looking away, because… well, cats are like that.

Inside each cat outline, I drew wavy, swirly, and curlicue designs to color. (Most of my coloring books are drawn by hand, and gently tweaked in Photoshop to refine the lines.)

Like many of my other handcrafted books, these coloring pages have a retro, “Yellow Submarine” style.

When the 26 designs were completed, I flipped each one, creating a matched set. (The book contains 52 single-sided coloring pages.)

That way, you can color them — the same or different — and frame your finished artwork as a pair.

Colorful kitties - in sets of two

Of course, I’ve created a free sample page, so you can see if you like this kind of coloring project. Click here to download the full-size sample as a PDF you can print at home.

This book is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, and other Amazon retailers. Or, you can ask your bookstore to order it for you.

I had tremendous fun drawing these pages. I think you’ll enjoy coloring these kitties, as well.

Coloring Pages of Yesteryear – Vol. 1

by Aisling D’Art

Another coloring book, and another free sample page!

Coloring Pages of Yesteryear 1Coloring Pages of Yesteryear – Volume 1 is an old-fashioned, fine art coloring book. The images are ink sketches of landscapes, including beach scenes, mountain views, and rolling hills. They’re not detailed pictures. If you’re an experienced colorist or have longed for coloring pages you can make distinctly yours, this is the book you’ve been waiting for.

The image on the cover started as a b&w coloring page, from inside this book. I colored it myself, using Prismacolor Premier colored pencils, some Staedtler colored pencils, and a few from a RoseArt pencil set.

Throughout this article, you’ll see other examples, showing how I colored a few pages from this book.

(Note: All of the pages inside this book are black-and-white line drawings, ready for you to color.)

rolling hills - a coloring page that I coloredThis book was a labor of love. The coloring pages are from 1910 – 1912, and they were originally published in newspapers. Today, those newspapers are smudged, stained, and sometimes blurry.

So, I worked with each image, individually. Restoring them took about two hours per coloring page, and sometimes much more.

Sure, I could have used Photoshop shortcuts. Others do.

I’ve been coloring my own illustrations, by hand, for decades. The “shortcut” versions of these 50 unique pages weren’t good enough for me… and they weren’t good enough for my readers, either.

MtnRoad2-250hSo, compiling this book took about 150 hours of intense and dedicated work.

The original artwork seems to be by two or three people. Some are more detailed than others. And, in this book, all of the coloring pages are landscapes. None include people.

Four include a single animals, in each. (Five do, if you count the seagull in one of the ocean scenes.)

What surprised me the most was that these coloring pages were originally intended for children ages 12 and under. To me, these seem like coloring pages for adults. The simplicity of them allows you to add your own coloring flourishes. They’re especially good for adults who have some coloring or fine art experience.

Ocean landscape - coloring page for adultsIn the coloring page at left, you might make the sky a serene blue, or even somewhat dark and overcast with a nearly-white sun trying to burn through foggy skies.

Or, you could color the sky midnight blue, lit by a full moon. (It doesn’t have to be a sun, or even daytime.)

Your water might be dark blue, dark green, or something reflecting more of the sky colors.

I left the ship’s sails white. You might color some or all of them.

That’s something I like about these coloring pages: Every person will make different color choices.

If you’d like to “test drive” one of these pages, click here for a free, full-sized sample. It’s a PDF you can print at home.

The book is available at Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk, and other Amazon retailers. (You can also order it through your local bookstore.)

Bold and Easy Coloring Pages 1

Bold and Easy Coloring Pages 1 is now available at Amazon!

Bold and Easy Coloring Pages - book coverThis big, bold coloring book contains 50 relaxing coloring designs with bigger coloring spaces and wider, bolder lines. This makes coloring fun and easy.

This coloring book for adults is ideal if you want quick coloring projects… the kind you can color while talking on the phone, or listening to a talk, lecture, or webinar.

Also, this book is perfect for…

  •  People with vision issues. The darker, wider lines and bigger coloring areas are easier to see.
  • Anyone who has difficulty holding a marker or coloring pencils. Most of the coloring areas are larger than in other books. Also, wide design lines can hide slight coloring slips.
  • Those overcoming eye-hand coordination challenges. You can start with the coloring marker near the center of one of these big coloring areas, and experiment with marker movements. Your coloring can still look fine, even if the marker moves in an unexpected direction.

Of course, these big, bold, and easy designs are fine for children as young as two years old, as well. (It’s been field tested and toddler approved!)

What’s Inside

This book contains 50 coloring pages printed on one side of the page. (The back of each page is blank. So, the main part of the book is 105 pages long. )

Designs include:

  • Simple, relaxing mandalas.
  • Easy kaleidoscope images.
  • Calming, repeating patterns.

Color It Again!

Each of the 25 unique coloring designs is repeated. So, it’s okay if you make a mistake on one design. Just turn the page and get an instant “second chance!”

Or, you can use that second copy to try some different colors. Swap light colors for dark, or primary colors (red, yellow, blue) for something more exotic like Mardi Gras colors — purple, orange, and green.

No Cookie-Cutter Art

All of these coloring pages are based on the hand-drawn artwork of the author, artist Aisling D’Art. They weren’t computer generated or mass-produced. They feature rounded corners and geometric designs reminiscent of artwork from the “Magical Mystery Tour” album, and other icons of the 1960s’ hippie era. Let these coloring pages take you back to a happier, simpler, more relaxed time.

Want to “test drive” this style of coloring book? Click here for a free sample page (PDF).

If you — or someone you know — will enjoy coloring pages with relaxing, abstract designs, bolder lines, and larger coloring areas, this book is for you!

Details

  • Buy at: Amazon.com linkAmazon.co.uk
  • ISBN 13: 978-1516970186
  • 50 coloring pages – 25 unique designs, two copies of each.
  • Total page count: 105 pages
  • Size: 8.5″ x 11″