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, and other Amazon retailers. (You can also order it through your local bookstore.)

How to Choose Your Colors – Art Nouveau Coloring Books

by Joan Verch-Rhys

How do you choose your coloring book colors?

101 Art Nouveau Mandalas to ColorSince I recently published Art Nouveau coloring books, several people have asked which colors to use for an authentic, period look.

The colors on the cover of my “101 Art Nouveau Mandalas” are somewhat correct for that era… but only somewhat.

For that book cover, I chose mostly vibrant colors. I wanted them to stand out against the black & white background.

The colors on the cover of my second Art Nouveau coloring book — shown at lower right — are more somber, but more authentic to the Art Nouveau era.

Art Nouveau period art emerged in the late 1800s and continued popularity through the early 20th century, with several revivals to follow.

(In London, it was first known as the ‘Liberty’ style. If you’re familiar with Liberty printed fabrics, you’ll recognize their roots in the color palettes of Art Nouveau decor.)

Art Nouveau Mandalas to Color, Beardsley Collection 2Colors from that time favored natural dyes, especially vegetable dyes. Peacock feathers were iconic at the time, so you’ll often see a mix of jewel tones and muted, natural colors, even pastels.  So, Art Nouveau colors include:

  • Most shades of white, including cream and off-white, but rarely a bright bluish-white.
  • Tan colors including everything from light parchment to warm ochres and browns. Mustard (light, yellow, and tan) inspired some color palettes, as well.
  • Greens that favor sage and olive greens, jade, and Mediterranean blue.
  • Reds included ruby-like jewel tones, but also muted shades such as rose, russet reds, and pinks with a tint of peach.
  • Purples favored mauves and lilac shades.
  • Blues included sapphire, but also Copenhagen blue.

Here’s one inspiration for your color choices. It’s a poster from 1894 and features several classic colors from Art Nouveau palettes.

Art Nouveau colors from 1894 poster

These are the colors from it (HTML hex codes are noted on each):

Art Nouveau colors - hex

If you match them to Prismacolor pencils, you might choose:

  • PC 906 – Copenhagen Blue
  • PC 1022 – Mediterranean Blue
  • PC 1015 – Deco Blue
  • PC 1021 Jade Green
  • PC 945 Sienna Brown
  • PC 1032 Pumpkin Orange
  • PC 942 Yellow Ochre
  • PC  917 Sunburst Yellow

Or, you can visit the official Berol Prismacolor site, and they’ll suggest current product colors that are close. Visit their Color Picker page and scroll down to where it says HEXcode. Enter the code from the chart, above, in the form, and see what Prismacolor recommends.

For example, for the darkest blue on that chart (HEXcode 053371), Prismacolor recommends several pencils and markers in indigo blue shades. On that list, my favorite is Indianthrone Blue, PC 208.

If you’re getting started with Art Nouveau colors, I recommend starting with two different colors — one jewel tone (sapphire or ruby, for example) and one muted tone (perhaps pale teal or lilac) — and then select colors that look good with both of them.

You can use all jewel tones, or even all muted colors (see the image from the back cover of my second book, below), but a mix of the two will probably give you a more authentic look.

Art Nouveau coloring book design - muted colors.

No matter which colors you use in your Art Nouveau coloring pages, they’re likely to look very different from modern, vibrant (and sometimes artificial) colors.

Give Art Nouveau colors a try. Once you’ve seen how they look, they may not suit your style, or they may become your new favorites for coloring books.

If you have any comments or color questions, I hope you’ll share them in the comments section, below.

Coloring Page Design Inspirations 1

by Aisling D’Art

When I’m designing coloring book art, I’m inspired by the world around me. At the moment, we’re in Orlando, Florida, so I have the luxury of visiting Walt Disney World regularly.

Epcot’s World Showcase is among my favorite sources of inspiration for my coloring book pages.

A carved and tinted wall at WDW's Moroccan pavilion, Epcot.The Moroccan pavilion has always been one of my favorite parts of Epcot. When I need fresh ideas for art — or some delicious food and a backdrop of energizing music — I head to Morocco… the one at Disney World, that is.

The Moroccan pavilion’s architectural details are remarkable. Because many Moroccan artists do not decorate with images of people, their geometric designs are among the most sophisticated in the world.

At right, you’ll see a photo I took at Epcot, a few evenings ago. It’s typical of the mandala-style decorations in every nook and cranny at the Moroccan pavilion.

I’m impressed by this mix of simple geometric shapes, curved line art, and the use of negative space.

Henna designs on window dummy hands - WDW.Inside the buildings, you’ll find even more inspiration for coloring book art. For example, one room contains information about henna, its use, and examples of some henna-related art. The hands at left (standard window display ceramics) have been painted with typical henna designs.

Many of the symbols and patterns have specific meanings. Some are for celebrations. Others ward off evil. Still others are whimsical and based on the shape of the hand, or an expression of the henna artist’s talents.

Henna art has inspired one of my upcoming series of coloring books. This kind of line art existed long before “tangles” gained popularity.

In the henna art photo, be sure to notice the tile wall behind the hands. It’s the kind of mosaic that inspires many of my mandala designs. The designs include lots of white, and a simple mix of colors. Those shades could be straight out of a basic crayon box.  Good mandala art relies on both design and color, and neither need to be very fancy.

Since I first saw it, the art and architecture at Walt Disney World’s Moroccan pavilion has always influenced my work. Epcot is an extraordinary place to visit, for far more than its popular theme park rides.

In future articles, I’ll share more photos of art, architecture, and other elements that inspire my coloring book designs.  If you have any questions or comments, I’ll hope you’ll share them with me, below.

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!


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