Today - day 16th of my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge - I’d like to spot other uses for coloring pages. There is so much more to coloring sheets that you may not have thought of.
Adult Coloring Pages: Sales and Marketing Uses
# 1 - Sell published physical book
This is the standard use for adult coloring book pages. You compile them using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Indesign, and the like and then send them to a print-on-demand platforms like Create Space and Ingramspark.
# 2 - Sell at your own store or shop
Why not put up your digital store or shop? You could sell a wide variety of adult coloring books. You do this on a long-term continuing basis. You have control over your shop and products. You decide at which price to sell, when to hold sale event, how much commission to give to your affiliates, and more. You brand your shop, promote it and expect people to come to you regularly to fulfill their their needs. You serve them a variety of coloring books, you’re open 24/7, and they get instant download when and where they want it.
# 3 - Sell digital downloadable ebook at other online shops
You save your adult coloring book in PDF format and sell them at online stores. There are many like Fiverr, Gumroad, Sellfy, Tradebit, Dealguardian, and more.
# 4 - Drip content to your membership site
You set up your own coloring book membership site and use the adult coloring book pages that you created as content to drip feed your members.
# 5 - Manage a coloring group or club
You may organize your group of coloring artists, enthusiasts and hobbyists and use the coloring sheets for your peers or club members to color.
# 6 - Build your subscriber list
You may give away adult coloring books or pages for free. This is a way to attract people to your site and get them into your subscriber list or database. For marketers, entrepreneurs, authors and just about anyone doing business in the internet, having access to subscribers via their email is important. It’s the best way to keep in close contact with target audience and customers. On a personal note, you may also give your coloring pages to members of your family and circle of friends.
# 7 - Earn affiliate commissions
You sprinkle affiliate links in your adult coloring ebooks. If people use your link to buy any offers, you get commissions by way of products, services or money.
Adult Coloring Pages: Artistic Uses
There are lots of uses for your adult coloring sheets. Most that I could think of are artistic uses such as:
- Greeting cards
This list never ends and is limited only by your imagination. Can you add to it?
Read about my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge here. Why don’t you join me?
How to Make a Coloring Book: Areas to Learn
I am on the 15th day of my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge and halfway through the usual 30-day challenge projects you often hear. Everything I do are geared towards learning how to make a coloring book.
Apart from drawing, inking and vectorizing, I search everywhere for relevant courses or tutorials that I need to learn and focus on. I think the most important ones are:
- how to create professional-looking adult coloring pages
- how to self-publish adult coloring books
- how to market adult coloring books.
I am mostly at the stage of learning how to make a coloring book but intermittently switch to the other two. My learning curse is not that steep but takes so much of my time. Nevertheless, I keep going as I want to hit the nail on the head, learn the trade from the masters, and sink my teeth into it. Seriously.
How to Make a Coloring Book: A Great Go-to Learning University
Let me share with you some of the short courses that I finished. If you’re keen, you’ll notice that all of them share the same patterns and features:
- videos are short, quick and easy to digest
- relevant, downloadable resources
- practice assignment to hone your skills and get guidance
- a project gallery to showcase your work-in-progress and completed work
- access to an active and supportive community of like-minded people
- professional answers to your questions, concerns and requests.
Plus, it doesn’t cost you an arm and leg to enroll in them.
Haven’t got a clue yet?
It’s popular among artists, crafters, art enthusiasts, hobbyists, entrepreneurs, and teachers (though not much with internet marketers).
Skillshare is a “learning community of creators and makers. Anyone can join.” Learners may be teachers and teachers may be learners.
“Skillshare is to unlock the world’s creativity. We believe that everyone is creative, and that giving people tools to harness their creative power has the potential to change lives for the better. We’re dismantling the traditional barriers to learning so that anyone, anywhere in the world, can learn whatever they set their minds to.”
Now that you know, let’s dive into the most exciting part - courses to related to adult coloring books!
How to Make a Coloring Book: Awesome Bite-Sized Courses
Ria Sharon teaches this bite-sized course on how to make coloring book page. She’ll show you exactly how she creates her coloring pages, including the following details:
- what supplies to use
- where to draw your inspiration from
- how to come up with your sketch
- how to ink your sketch
- how to enhance or polish your work
It’s only 22 minutes long, and if you speed up the videos, you’ll be amazed at how much you learn in a short time. Then, you could replay them to refresh your memory or follow along.
See for yourself how learning Ria’s course is a breeze!
In this premium 14-minute course, Jenn Coyle teaches you how to make your coloring book page.
You learn how to do the following:
- draw your coloring book page
- digitize and vectorize your work
- print it out and color with watercolor.
Rejoice at how short the videos are!
Jenn delivers it in a succinct style that makes learning fun and easy.
Check out Jenn’s course.
On Amazon’s best sellers in Coloring Books for Grown-ups, adult coloring books on swear words compete for the top spots.
This is also true for the Crafts, Hobbies and Home category.
This adult coloring book sub-niche may not appeal to you, but if it does, you may want to have a look at Aerie North’s premium class on creating a swear words coloring book.
Don’t miss Aerie’s course!
Aerie North also has this course about creating a botanical coloring book. You spend only 12 minutes of your time and voila! You learn how to make a coloring book on flowers and gardens.
This link should take you to Aerie’s course.
Course # 5 - You Can Self-Publish a Coloring Book
What do you do after you have created your adult coloring pages? You may package them as a downloadable digital book to share to friends or sell. More than that, go self-publish them.
Katie Cannon shows you the shortest path to do that as she teaches you the following in her course “You Can Self-Publish a Coloring Book”:
- supplies that you need
- setting up your coloring pages and text in Microsoft Publisher
- setting up your inside and front cover
- uploading your document to Create Space for publication.
Check out Katie’s class now.
The Key to Make a Coloring Book: Action!
If there are more bits of information or skills that I want to learn, I scour them from other courses in Skillshare.
I can’t get enough of Skillshare. It’s the only learning platform that has taught me the specific skills that I wanted to learn, in a way that suits my needs and lifestyle.
Go check out Skillshare! You won’t regret.
Soon, you’ll see your own adult coloring books lining the shelves of bookstores and all from learning how to make your own coloring book!
Upward Trend in Adult Coloring Books
Why are adult coloring books hot in the market? If you visit bookshops, art stores, groceries, and even superstores like Walmart, you’ll see all sorts of adult coloring books sprawled on tables and stacked on bookshelves. It’s a wonder how what used to be a children’s past time activity has exploded into an adult-targeted, multi-million dollar book industry.
As users or buyers of these books, we may not have seen the entire picture, but get this:
“Adult coloring books (also) had a breakout year, with an estimated 12 million copies sold in 2015, compared with 1 million in 2014.” ~Nielsen
From 1 million to 12 million copies in one year? That’s in the US alone. I wonder what’s in store for 2016.
Obsession with Adult Coloring Books: A Cry for Help?
So, what’s the deal with adult coloring books? Why have a significant number of adults turned to coloring? What’s behind this seeming obsession?
Is it indeed a cry for help by people in distress?
Here’s an interesting story of Samanta Wuu who had to deal with life-changing events. She had to quit her job in Boston and move back home to New Jersey to care for her sick mom. She’s coming through with the help of coloring.
“I was really, really stressed when this was going on,” says the 27-year-old, a teacher and childhood friend. Coloring became a useful distraction, and then a preoccupation: “I would be doing other things, and I’d be like, ‘I can’t wait until I get to do that again.” For a month, she colored every day, at times twice a day. ~qz.com
The upward trend in adult coloring books may be symptomatic of a larger picture, and Samantha’s story may be a microcosm of a million or more similar stories. You be the judge.
Let’s dive deeper into the reasons behind this phenomenon. Reasons cited are by no means definitive. However, they offer a glimpse of what’s going on based on what people share on the internet, and what I experience myself.
Adult Coloring Books: Why Are You Addicted to Coloring?
What hooked you to coloring?
As what most people who are into coloring share, you’d probably say the following, too:
Coloring is blissful.
It takes you back to your childhood and jogs your memory to the feel and smell of crayons and coloring pens. As a child, how many times did you lose track of time from coloring those kiddie line drawings? It was fun until you matured and moved past coloring.
Look at you now - an adult and going back to coloring! Those designs in your adult coloring books make you drool. Aren’t they lovely? You can’t wait to spin your magic on them with your color palette. It’s bliss. And you can’t get enough of it.
Coloring brings solitude.
It compels you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life - the sound of your cellphone, urgent memo to turn in that report, bills to pay, demands from kids and spouse, battling a disease. It takes you to your “secret garden,” even if just for a few moments in a day.
Coloring awakens creativity.
Your inner child screams at you to let her out. Your logical, unfeeling, left brain quashes your creative right brain. You found the antidote - coloring. Perfect! It allows your creativity to shine.
Coloring diverts in the most delightful way.
Life could be boring, meaningless or life-sucking. When you’re depressed, alone, anxious, bored, confused, disturbed, helpless, hurting, problematic, demotivated, lethargic, or bored, coloring spices up your life.
Coloring is self-gratifying.
How does it make you feel to create a colorful work of art from simple lines? You must be proud of yourself, aren’t you? You can’t draw, you say, and look what you’ve created: a masterpiece that no one can make but you!
Coloring builds bridges.
By joining coloring clubs or groups, you connect with warm bodies. You catch people’s positive energy. You’re electrified. You come home happy and look forward to more happy interactions.
Does any of these ring a bell?
Adult coloring books are powerful, aren’t they? They take you to new heights you’ve never thought of reaching at this stage in your life.
What do you think?
Chime in and let us know why you’re glued to your seat for hours on end, simply coloring your adult coloring books!
Adult Coloring Pages Challenge: Oh, the Traffic in My Mind!
Today is the twelfth day of my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge. I’ve never been super excited in all my life that I’m losing sleep. My mind is busy with thoughts of:
- what to create next
- finding time to make all of them
- the techniques professional artists use to come up with clean art
- how my coloring pages would look once colored
- how my finished product would come out
- what steps to take towards publishing at CreateSpace
- and so much more!
However, I’ve found an antidote for this traffic in my brain, which is both good and bad. That antidote is going back to my drawing board and creating my page. Just one coloring page. Nothing else. Then, I’m in the zone. And that’s what’s important.
Adult Coloring Book Pages Challenge: What Have I Got?
In twelve days since starting my journey with adult coloring book pages, I’ve created beyond what i expected. What do you think of these hand-drawn outputs:
- 8 inked women pages with one cleaned up
- 5 inked mandalas
- 2 inked floral pages with one cleaned up
- 1 inked cat drawing
- at least 4 rough sketches?
Not shabby for an aspiring coloring book artist.
What’s best is, I show no signs of slowing down despite setbacks in my vision. In fact, I’m getting so much better. I feel so much better.
My big to-do now is the clean-up part. Even if I accumulate a room full of inked drawings, it has no value for me aside for self-gratification. I have to get them to a high-resolution, printable and commercial quality that people coloring them would be happy about. If I can’t do that, I shall have failed tremendously per standards that I’ve set for myself. I can’t fall short of seeing through a published adult coloring book. Yes, people have different yardsticks of success. That’s just mine.
I have slowly moved into enhancing my coloring pages and to serve as an example, I’m working on my coloring sheet of a woman cancer survivor. What I have here is not done yet. It’s a work-in-progress but if you compare it with my first snapshot, you’ll see a big difference. Spot a major change in her if you could.
How to Clean Up Your Coloring Pages: The Basics
First, let’s define what we mean by cleaning up your coloring page. It just means you prep your image so that you end up with a finished product that’s of high quality.
Here is what a high-quality coloring page looks:
- free of blemishes like dots, shadows, dark spots and any unnecessary imperfections
- has clear, consistent, smooth, and even lines
- clean overall texture
- smooth flow of elements
- no image overlaps, distractions, and unwanted blank spaces (unless with mandalas)
- captures what you want in your coloring page (which is subjective).
Second, what tools do you use when you do your clean up? As most artists do, I use Photoshop and Illustrator by Adobe, which are paid web apps. I love them both. They are the best in the industry and despite other software companies trying to equal or outshine them, they pale dramatically.
However, you would be okay using free alternative softwares such as Paint.net, GIMP and Inkspace. I have tried the first two in the distant past. At that time, I had no use of them and didn’t take them seriously. I use Inkspace often. It has features that make the conversion of images into vectors much easier than Illustrator.
How to Clean Up Your Coloring Pages: Some Simple Steps to Guide You
I’m camera shy so, sorry, no video to show you how I do my clean-up at Photoshop.
Here are simple steps I take to clean coloring pages:
- Clean the glass top of your scanner. You don’t want dirt showing up in your coloring page or all of them!
- Scan your image based on the following settings:
- Color format: black and white
- File type: jpg or tiff. I save mine at Tiff, which, unlike standard JPEG files, uses a lossless compression (or none) and may be edited and re-saved without losing image quality.
- Resolution: Between 600-1200. I scan mine at 1200 as that’s the highest I could get.
- Brightness: 100. You don’t have to adjust to the maximum but I do to to minimize shades or unwanted blemishes. Test how it goes. If it doesn’t reduce image quality, go for it.
- Crop before scanning. This is optional but may be done so you don’t have to when editing at Photoshop or Illustrator. Be careful about cutting off important parts at the edges.
- Open a new page in your Adobe Photoshop. I open mine in 8.5″ X 11″ (letter size) at 300 dpi print resolution. You may have a different book size dimension but for high-resolution print quality, the recommended is 300 dpi.
- Open your scanned image into the new document.
- Clean your computer screen so you don’t confuse dust or dirt with your coloring page’s imperfections. This could cause you time and strain and you don’t want that.
- Minimize imperfections by brightening your image. At the menu bar on top, go Image>Adjustments>Brighten/Contrast. Adjust or play around with the brightness slider until you achieve the clean look that you want.
- Check lines or strokes and do one or all: connect, erase, smoothen, darken or rework lines when needed.
- Erase remaining blemishes, irregularities, mistakes, or just about anything that you don’t like in your coloring page. Use the eraser tool for this.
- Draw in other elements or images that you want or may have missed in your coloring page. Use your pencil or brush tool for this.
- To correct tone and color, use the levels image adjustment. At the menu bar on the top of Photoshop’s panel, go to Images>Adjustments>Level. You’ll see a histogram with a slider and three little icons - a black icon at the left, a gray icon in the middle, and a white icon at the right. At the left of the adjustment box are three eyedroppers lined up horizontally. The left is to achieve black, the middle for gray, and the white to make white even whiter. It takes time to learn this stuff but for added info, please refer to this tutorial. Play around with it and take note of your results. That’s also an excellent way to understand and master the levels adjustment tool.
- Print out a copy of your done page. If you’re satisfied with it, consider it done. It’s pretty easy to get caught in your clean-up job. For all you know, a day passes and you’ve only managed to work on one. Define a standard, stick to it and and move on to the next.
There’s another step that I’m closely studying. I haven’t mastered it yet but I will very soon because I need to.
That’s all for today. I hope you learned something from this post and are now inspired and empowered to try to make your hand-drawn adult coloring page. Work on it one page at a time and soon you’re on your way to finishing one adult coloring book!
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I’ve never been glued to my seat drawing non-stop as I had been today. Well, it’s a weekend and hubby is here to cover for me with kids’ requests and household chores. For that, I managed to draw and ink five Mandalas.
I learned new techniques and gained great insights along the way so it was worth my time.
Have a look at what I’ve got:
Adult Coloring Pages Challenge: Tips for the Day
Tip #1: To speed up production, minimize movement.
Do as many strokes as possible from one position. Turning your sheet of drawing paper or sketchbook a number of times and in various directions or positions for one element alone would be a waste or your time. Does that make sense?
Tip #2: Organize your tools.
I’ve said this before and I cannot overemphasize. Know where you put all the tools that you need. Position what you often use at arms reach. You’ll do yourself a big favor for this. You not only save on time, you also save yourself from stress.
Tip #3: Rest your eyes.
I noticed that my vision has become blurry the more that I work continuously. My eyes have become fixated on short distance objects that has aggravated my short-sighted vision. Now, I need my eyeglasses plus a big magnifying glass. I need to take occasional breaks and so do you, if you want to make the activity of making your coloring sheets a hobby or source of income.
Truth is, my eyes are blurry. I can’t focus clearly and the kids are calling to sleep. I did enjoy the day and if I could, I would stretch it from an inch to a mile. But then, the day is short. Time is limited and sleep is essential.
“Time is very slow for those who wait
Very fast for those who are scared
very long for those who lament
Very short for those who celebrate
But for those who love time is eternal.” ~William Shakespeare
And so, I must go but I’ll be back tomorrow. My “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge is too important now to stop. I’m building a strong foundation for something big in the near future.
Today was crazy. My spouse and I were on the road for most of the time for various activities – doctor’s appointment, lab test, pick up our son at another city for track and field, check out housing rental space, and grocery.
To make the story short, I didn’t finish my obra maestra based on my theme on women. I did manage to draw and ink two floral drawings for another theme. It seemed easier to draw flowers after I’ve defined some basic paramaters.
If you look closely at the images, you’ll notice plenty of erasures. I tried cleaning up the images at the drawing board using Bic’s Wite-Out, the one kids use at school to correct writing mistakes. I thought it would do the trick but not 100%. For that, it’s a fail but I’m not worried as I could easily correct those mistakes at Photoshop. I wish I don’t have, too, because it takes a significant amount of time.
The ideas for these images were based on my impressions of flowers around the neighborhood. They’re not from people’s gardens but the type you find by the sidewalk. They are not precise but more a mimicry of nature.
There’s nothing much I could write today as I’m so tired from the trip and heat!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a better post. Promise.