“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

By Nellah Bailey McGough
April 18, 2020
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Want a break from the chaos and need a little creative me-time? Grab some markers, colored pencils, crayons, or even watercolors and start those creative juices flowing with some of these gorgeous coloring sheets. You’ll reach your Zen-zone in no time without breaking the piggy bank. We found several artists who are sharing their artwork in the form of coloring pages during this time of quarantine and social distancing. Charleston artist, Fer Caggiano, has loved art since her first box of crayons as a little girl growing up in Brazil. Her work has been seen around the world but she is providing free downloadable coloring sheets on her website for us all to enjoy. Check out Fer’s Sip and Color via Zoom on Saturdays. In addition, if you want to glamorize your medical facemask, Fer is selling artsy facemask covers. According to its creator Vivian, Teal Notes is a DIY and lifestyle blog that loves color, DIY, and getting organized with printables. She loves creating things (like coloring pages!) and wanted to create a blog where she could share her love of that with other people. Artist Thaneeya McArdle has a plethora of fun and intricate coloring pages to choose from that are free to download. Check out her website, Art is Fun, for owls, floral arrangements, and even positive sayings such as, “Today I Choose Joy,” to color.

Now that we have the sheets, here are some tips and tricks to take your coloring skills up a notch. Wanting that perfect shade of turquoise but it’s not in your color box? Create any color with crayons or pencils by layering. Using very light strokes, start with one color then add another color on top until you achieve the desired shade. For more saturated colors, dip the tip of your colored pencils into a little water. However, make sure to dab the pencil on a paper towel first so you don’t rub a hole into your paper. You can also dip your colored pencil into petroleum jelly to help brighten up your colors.  Are your markers all dried out? Not to worry. Just turn those dried out markers into watercolors. Remove the ink insert from the plastic case (you may have to tug on it a bit) then soak in tap water until all the ink is released. You can use plastic cups or glass jars for this project, however, be patient as it will take about 24 hours for the ink to completely seep out. Of course, if you choose to watercolor, it would be best to print your color sheets on cardstock or heavy duty paper. You can also dip markers that are not yet dried up in water for a more watercolor look. Again, be sure to blot first on a paper towel. Hope you’ll take some time during these unsettling days to do something creative every day.

“When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that's to be found in the creative spirit. We're helping ourselves stay in touch with that spirit, too.” - Fred Rogers

Some of our favorites:

This bunny has her own “coat of many colors.” Download this page from Fer Caggiano here.

Bunny Downloadable Coloring Page by Fer Caggiano
Credit: Courtesy of Fer Caggiano

The peacock is a fantastical pheasant. Download this page from Fer Caggiano here.

Peacock Color Page by Fer Caggiano

Choosing a flower can represent more than the color. For instance, yellow flowers represent joy and symbolize new beginnings. Download this page from Fer Caggiano here.

Sunflower Coloring Page by Fer Caggiano
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Why wait till 4 o’clock for Tea Time? Download this page from Fer Caggiano here.

Chair and Books Coloring Page by Fer Caggiano
Credit: Courtesy of Fer Caggiano

Charleston’s famed Church Street. Download this page from Fer Caggiano here.

Charleston's Church Street Coloring Page by Fer Caggiano
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A sign of welcome, this pineapple is covered in tropical flowers. Afterwards, create something in the kitchen like our Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Download this page from Teal Notes here.

Pineapple Coloring Page by Teal Notes
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Some cultures believe that finding a feather during a stressful time could be a gentle reminder to take a deep breath and relax. Unwind while coloring this feather. Download this page from Teal Notes here.

Feather Coloring Page by Teal Notes
Credit: Courtesy of Teal Notes

Cool geometric mandala drawing. For the more advanced (or patient) coloring artist. Download the page from Teal Notes here.

Geometric Pattern Coloring Page by Teal Notes
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Check out these justcolor.net and printcolorfun.com for even more free, printable coloring pages.

Now set aside some time to yourself and get coloring.