Recently adult coloring books have become all the rage. Some people feel the process of coloring is the perfect way of showing their creativity side, while others think it’s great for unwinding.
If you are a follower of this blog, you know that I’ve made many drawings that are seen as the cover and companion illustrations for the posts. I’ve now decided to let you have the ability, for free, to show your creative side, or just relax, by coloring my original drawings, which were made especially for the readers of Fred Gonsowski Garden Home.com.
To download any one of the drawings, put your pointer on a drawing then right click on it. Choose Save Image as…, when the photo comes up click save. Do that for every drawing that you want to download. After that, go into your photos and find the drawings. Next right click and pick print, have it set on portrait, followed by size letter, and photo size 8×10 inches. That’s all it takes. The image will fill in most of your 8 1/2 x 11 piece of printer paper. If you want to extend the lines of the drawings to the edges of the paper use an ultra fine Sharpie, that is what I made the original drawings with.
After coloring the drawing(s), heighten the black lines, here and there, with the Sharpie, which makes the image stand out more. For my blog post cover illustrations I mostly use inexpensive Crayola SuperTips markers, some more expensive highlighters from art and craft stores, and occasionally colored pencils. Jell markers are another option for adding details, and don’t forget about Crayola Crayons. When I color my drawings with markers, that are drawn on printer paper, I always have another sheet of paper under the original drawing, as Sharpies, colored markers and highlighters sometimes bleed through the paper. For coloring stability, I have everything held in place on a clip board.
The above illustration is part of a diptych (one of two images) This illustration and the next illustration show two parts of the same room. If you look at the right side of the drawing, there is half of a Chinese garden stool and half of a bench. The other half of those two pieces of living room furniture are seen in the next drawing.
For inspiration, when picking colors for the living room drawings, look at an old post of mine called Pick (Use) Four Colors when Decorating a Room, if you are a lover of dark-rich colors read Paint a room a Dark color, then add Light Accents. The nice thing about being able to print off the drawings in multiples, is that you can try different color combinations on the same room drawing, and you will be surprised at how color can really change a room.
When coloring the room drawings, I suggest that you think about making your own patterns on the different pieces of furniture and room accessories. Why not try doing a sofa, chair, or pillow in a stripe, floral, dot or even a trellis pattern. Look at my post titled Looking at Pattern used in interior Decorating on Fabric, Drapery, Wallpaper and Carpeting. Some of those patterns will not be that hard to reproduce.
Back in the day, I made many paintings of interiors, and other things that I sold through galleries and at art and craft shows. The above photos show some examples of my paintings of interiors. If you double click on any of the paintings you can expand them for closer inspection.
I hope this post, or should I really say, my drawings gets your creative juices flowing. The title of this post suggests coloring for adults, but the images would be great for kids also. They do say every adult has a kid inside, so I say to you… Happy Coloring!
Companion posts on Fred Gonsowski Garden Home.com….
Interior Decorating is ALL about Equal Balance 2-27-2011,
When Decorating a Beige Room, think Tones, Texture and Sculptural Interest 3-16-2011,
Add color to a Beige Room with Accessories 4-2-2011,
Color Theory..When Interior Decorating a room, remember Wood is a Color too 3-9-2013,
Picking Paint Colors for a Small House, Condominium or Apartment 3-10-2014,
The Color BLUE, the Next Decorating Trend 3-30-2014,
How to Pick the Perfect Gray Paint..A Popular Color Choice of the Moment 2-15-2014,
Accent Walls..Some Ideas for Painting or Wallpapering an Accent Wall in your home 10-29-2013,
It’s Easy to Decorate a Room with a Tall/High Ceiling 2-3-2013
Arranging Your Decorative accessories (knickknacks and Collectables) 6-7-2011,
A Bridge unites Tablescape and Wall Decor 6-11-2011,
Arranging Decorative Accessories on a Sofa Table, Buffet, Sideboard or Credenza 3-10-2015,
Picking and hanging the right size Picture or Mirror over a fireplace 6-23-2011,
Hanging Pictures over a Sofa 9-12-2011,
It’s Easy to make an Interesting Arrangement of Pictures 7-8-2011,
It’s Easy to hang Pictures up on the Wall 7-17-2011,
Hanging Pictures Around a Room 8-3-2011,
Arranging Living Room furniture, so Sofas talk to Chairs, like the Pros do 9-7-2012,
When buying Living Room furniture, FORGET the LOVESEAT, buy two Wing, Club or Occasional Chairs instead 10-13-2012,
Arranging furniture TWELVE different ways in the Same Room 9-15-2012,
Arranging Furniture around a Fireplace in the Corner of a Room 9-29-2012,
Arranging Furniture in a 12 foot wide by 24 foot long Living Room 2-5-2014.