A young girl coloring with her father

Family Art Time: Coloring

Crayons aren’t just for toddlers; they’re fun for people of all ages. Adult coloring books have become really popular and companies are manufacturing sets of crayons for adults and I couldn’t be happier! I encourage people of all ages to join the crayon craze.

Create meaningful creative experiences with your family by setting aside time to enjoy art together each week. You can use your adult coloring book, or free draw and color in your drawings using various techniques while your children explores coloring and drawing with crayons on their own. You may also decide to create a drawing and color it in together. Be sure to discuss the artistic choices that each of you make.

Designate an area in your home – the refrigerator, a blank wall, door, etc. as your family’s “art gallery.” When you’re finished with your crayon creations, put each family member’s artwork on display.

Crayon Tips and Tricks

There are not any right or wrong ways to create unique works of art. But, here are a few tips and tricks for you and your little ones to try:

  • Strive for quality: Use name brand crayons and other craft supplies when drawing or coloring. High-quality crayons flow like butter, while lower-quality crayons produce tiny lines of grains or wax buildup. It’s worth it, I promise!
  • Practice shading: Shading can add another dimension to your coloring experience. The harder you press, the darker the color will be. To transition to a lighter shade, slowly adjust your hand pressure to a lighter touch.
  • Experiment with color blending: Picture a beautiful sunset with shades of orange, pink and blue. Using light, steady pressure, begin coloring your sky. In the areas where the pink and orange meet, blend the two colors into each other and let each color fade into the other color.
  • Combine/substitute colors: Try coloring orange over pink, creating a pinkish orange color. Or substitute colors if needed – for example, if you run out of green, you can color layers of yellow and blue on top of each other until you get the shade of green that you want.

Ready! Set! Color!

Download a printable coloring activity for your child below and another one for yourself here, then grab a box of crayons and you’ll have everything you need to get started. Happy coloring!

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