Get Started Coloring: Inexpensive Coloring for Adults


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What do you need to get started coloring?

You don’t need much. Coloring for adults can be very inexpensive, but it’s easy to get caught up in thinking you must have all the premium supplies or tons of coloring books.

Not true at all.

In fact, you probably have what you need at home already.

Believe me, I get tempted by all the supplies too, but the extras certainly aren’t necessary to get started, and more importantly, to feel the many benefits of coloring.

How do I get coloring supplies? It’s as simple as:

  • Borrowing your kid’s or grand kid’s supplies, such as crayons, markers, or colored pencils. (Even if you only have one red or green Sharpie in the house, you can get creative and make something artsy!) Try blending or creating texture with one Sharpie marker.
  • Using any paper for coloring. Yes, ANY paper! If you have plain paper, fine, if not, no biggie! Just make use of what you have. (Newspaper, notebook paper, copy paper, a sketch pad, the back of wrapping paper, paper plates, the inside of a cereal box… I could go on, but you get the picture that ANY paper can be used.) 😊
  • If you happen to have a few bucks, you can go to any dollar-type store and pick up some gel pens or other coloring tool and a coloring book, and be back home coloring in no time!
  • You can sign up for my email list to get free samples from me.

**If you you find a coloring page online you like, it’s not wise to just print it off without express permission from the artist. You could get yourself in trouble for copyright infringement (especially if you share it!), but more importantly, every artist I know puts a lot of time and love in to their art and most are trying to make a living or supplement their income to support their families. Nobody wants their work or their livelihood stolen!**


Just remember the Golden Rule:

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

What coloring activities can I do? Some ideas for you:

  • Doodling or drawing something on a blank piece of paper and coloring it in.
  • Using an envelope. It may sound silly, but occasionally you can find a cool design to color on the inside of a business envelope like the one shown on the right.
  • Sketching your name in block or bubble letters and filling it with a design to color.
  • Folding a plain piece paper into all kinds of sections and coloring inside each section. You can even doodle designs inside each section, then color. (See top left of this section. My finished example is at the very top of the post.)
  • Coloring without lines. Just lay some color on a page in a free-style manner like the page you see on the bottom left.

The point is to get started!


Enjoy the fact that coloring’s here to stay and it doesn’t have to be expensive!

Just think of the KISS principle (Keep it simple, silly!), and begin feeling the value and benefits of coloring.

Here’s to getting started coloring!


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Updated 4/27/2020

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