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3 Creative (and FUN!) Ways to Color Flowers

Coloring is proven to be a therapeutic exercise that relieves stress and mimics the results of meditation. While the process is most rewarding, we can also find joy in creating beautiful pieces of art along the way.

To take your coloring to a new level, we’re sharing three creative ways to color flowers (or anything else!) in your favorite grown-up coloring book.

coloring book watercolor pencils

3 creative ways to color flowers in a coloring book

Layering colors

Using soft and blendable color pencils (such as polychromos or Prismacolors), set fine layers of color one on top of the other, giving the flowers dimension.

Purple shading

In the example above, I began by coloring the shadows a light shade of purple. I then continued to build up the rest of the colors by using layers.

coloring book

Start by softly coloring each layer, and finish each section by pressing down harder on your pencil once you are coloring your final layer. This technique will give your flowers the vibrant look you see below. 

coloring book progress

Be daring with your choice of colors and feel free to venture out to colors you wouldn’t necessarily expect to use. Just because you start coloring your flower purple doesn’t mean it will be a purple flower. Allow yourself that freedom to get carried away by colors are you go along. 

coloring book leaves 

Continue in the same way for any other elements on your coloring book page. As you can see above, I applied the same technique to the leaves; starting with a base color and then building up each leaf through layers of greens.

Colored pencils & baby oil

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I know what you must be thinking: “Blending through layers sounds great and all, but I don’t have those fancy blendable colored pencils!” Don’t worry — you can still achieve a cool blended affect with just about any colored pencils. All you need is baby oil.

This little technique is quite fun and makes regular pencils — which usually aren’t easy to layer with — blend out really nicely.

coloring book

To use this technique, color your flowers and leaves with different colors. Then, dip a cotton swab or blending stump into the baby oil and rub it over the colors to blend the colors together and create a smooth finish.

coloring book

A quick warning: The oil will stain the back of your page and leave blotches. So, if that sounds like something you wouldn’t like in your coloring book, you can skip this technique and move on to the third one.

Watercolor pencils

Last but not least, you can use water-soluble pencils, also known as watercolor pencils, to color the flowers in your coloring book.

coloring book watercolor pencils

These special pencils are, in my opinion, the most fun to use in coloring books because you can scribble some color on your flowers without being meticulous, and then blend it all out with a brush and some water.

coloring book watercolor pencils

First, add layers of color. You can make them messier this time, if you wish. Then, blend it all together with water. 

 coloring book watercolor pencils

For this example, I used my water brush — it’s perfect for on-the-go coloring sessions.

No matter what your preferred technique is, always make sure you’re having fun every single time you open a coloring book! Let go of the stress and let your inner child play.

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