OK… I admit it, I’m a paper snob. To me there is nothing better than a fresh clean notebook, filled with paper of substance.
I thought I was the only crazy person in the world touching and feeling the paper in the cheap notebooks at the discount stores and being dissatisfied. Yet today, while I was investigating the paper in a particular notebook I was considering purchasing, I noticed a man sitting on the floor going through each and every Composition Book! Every one!! All colors! During a brief conversation I realized he was doing the same thing I was… feeling the paper.
He pointed out the paper in the black and white composition books were a heavier weight than the different colored books. He was right! He did his research and found the books shipped from India were lighter weight to save on shipping costs. Huh… Who would have guessed?
Any way… I bet you are wondering what all this has to do with a FREE download of a page to color, right? Well I’ll tell ya… BEFORE you print off this page, I wanted to discuss the kind of paper you should consider loading into your printer to get the best results.
I’m not sure if you noticed or not… but coloring books for Adults are H-U-G-E right now. The more expensive ones have the better paper. However, if you take a close look at the paper used in children’s coloring books, you might notice the paper is grayish and is basically ‘newsprint’. There’s a reason for that. Crayons are slick, and they need a bit of ‘tooth’ to release the colored wax from the crayon. Think of running a crayon over a piece of sandpaper… and then try writing on a smooth surface like your kitchen counter. Get it?
With this in mind… figure out what method of coloring you plan on doing BEFORE printing this FREE Coloring Page. Going to use crayons? Use inexpensive copy paper or newsprint. Thinking of pulling out your markers? Invest in a pad of smooth vellum, or special ‘marker paper’ for less bleeding. Watercolor paper is the ONLY paper you should consider if you’re going to take a brush to the design.
Inkjet or Laser? Again it depends on your choice of medium. Crayons and markers can be either. Watercolor will smear the ink, so use a Laser printer if you have one.
Without further adieu, here’s my very first FREE Coloring Page download. Please bear with this old dog as it learns new tricks… like creating the design in Adobe Illustrator instead of hand drawing it, and actually scanning the design into the computer instead of taking a photo. Dropbox is new to me too. Ah… so many things to learn!
When finished with your work of art… please share it via Facebook and Instagram. I wanna see! I wanna see!!! Use the hashtag #uncolorart and @uniqueandnovel.