Now is probably the time to start thinking about gifts for the festive season. And if you want to make some yourself it is getting quite urgent to start. This year we are all in need of some quiet time to relax, and coloring books (for both adults and children) are a great idea. Very easy to make too. You may even like them so much that you want one for yourself.
This is how I made mine:
1. Grab a collection of papers. I used a variety of different sorts and sizes: watercolor and deli paper, mixed media paper and handmade sheets, as well as some black cardstock for the cover. You can use as many as you like. Fold the sheets (which can be large and small) in half using a bone folder.
2. Get out your stencil collection and select the ones you like best. You can use just the one stencil for every page or you can combine several stencils together. StencilGirl® Products has many stencils that combine a wealth of pattern on one stencil. You could make a themed coloring book using for instance flowers, geometric shapes, travel etc. or you can go entirely random with stencils you love as I have done.
3. With a permanent black marker make patterns on both sides of your pages (apart from one, where only one side needs to be marked). I used the following stencils: the large stencil from the May 2019 StencilClub, Versailles, the large stencil from the July 2017 Club, large stencil from the August 2013 Club, large stencil from the July 2019 Club, Wheel Spokes Set 2, large stencil from the Feb 2019 Club, large stencil from the March 2014 Club, large stencil from the August 2015 Club, Circles Overlapping Filled, Squares and Dots 9, stencil Doodle It Borders.
4. For demonstration purposes (and because I fancied doing it so much!) I colored in the pages using a variety of markers. This is the time to use those wonderful supplies you bought full of enthusiasm and that have since lingered in the cupboard. I used a mix of Promarkers, Pitt Artist Pens, Sharpie poster paint markers, Sharpie permanent markers, Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers, Tomboy Brush Pens and Stabilo Soft Pencils.
5. Make your cover. I used a piece of black cardstock that, once folded in half, was about ¼” larger on all sides than the largest folded page.
6. Randomly spray the outside of the cover with sparkly and mica spray paints.
7. Using stencil Unconnected Circles and a gold marker outline and then fill in the shapes from the stencil. Then outline with 3 different colors of metallic water-soluble pencils. Activate with a water brush.
8. Glue on cut-out words and outline as in step 7.
9. Bind the book in your preferred method. I used a long-arm stapler. Make sure that the sheet you made colored on only one side is the first and last page
10. Glue the first and large pages to the back of the front and back cover respectively.