Spring is here! It’s time to ditch those coats, go out from wherever you’re hibernating and feel the warm sunshine on your face!
Spring brings with it the promise of new things. It’s not only the season for regrowth; it’s also the season for new colors, rediscovery and renewed energy for life.
If there’s a perfect time to stretch those coloring muscles and see things from a fresh perspective, it’s spring. If the winter season caught you in a bad creative slump, don’t worry. We’ve gathered a few spring-inspired coloring tips to help you recharge your love for coloring.
Check out these 5 spring-inspired coloring tips, just in time for the season:
Flowers All Around
During the spring, flowers sprout and make everything fragrant and colorful. Grab inspiration from your favorite spring blooms and channel them into your coloring. Take a look at your growing garden (or your neighbor’s, if your garden is a bit stubborn *wink*) and observe the gentle purples of pansies, lilacs, and crocuses, the creamy yellow daffodils or the riot of colors from hydrangeas, azaleas and tulips.
Watch out for details that you can use in your coloring like the way the flowers bloom. Observe the shadows and highlights, the way the petals curve around each other, and how the colors blend. Get a feel of their texture. Observe the leaves and other parts of the flowers, too. You can even snap a photo with your phone to use as reference for later. These observations will surely come in handy once you’re settled in and ready to color. Of course, you’d have to get your hands on a pretty floral and nature-themed coloring book first, but that can be easily worked out.
Inspiration In Unlikely Places
Flowers aren’t the only things that grow back in the spring. Those who keep vegetable gardens at home, or those who love to frequent farmers’ markets during the weekend will be delighted since fruits and vegetables of every shape, color and texture are bound to make a reappearance this season, too.
Strawberries grow early in the spring and are particularly colorful and full of interesting patterns. Channel their texture and shine by playing around with highlights using gel pens. You can even use some glitter pens to add some oomph and sparkle.
Apricots are another tasty spring favorite and they’ve got this warm reddish-orange combination that you can replicate using some smooth color pencils.
Spring veggies like eggplants, asparagus, and radishes make for interesting color combinations that you can also use as inspiration for your coloring.
The vegetable patch or fruit basket is proof that you can find coloring inspiration even in the most unlikely places.
All Things Bright And Beautiful…And Pastel?
Spring is a unique time when it comes to colors. It’s a lot less subdued compared to autumn’s fiery hues and definitely more cheerful than winter’s bleak grays and whites. Spring is that in-between time where the colors are nice and mild. Think of a light blue spring sky or the delicate shade of a robin’s egg…this season is one big pastel color palette just waiting to happen!
So, how do you translate pastel into your coloring? While pastel colors are easy on the eyes, finding the perfect pastel medium is actually quite tricky, especially when you’re using markers. Often you have to buy another set, which can be expensive. Thankfully, there’s a neat little tool you can use to achieve a muted pastel effect without breaking the bank. They’re called colorless blenders and they’re a perfect addition to your coloring arsenal.
Colorless blenders, as the name suggests, are basically markers designed to blend colors. They look just like any other marker— it’s just that they don’t seem to have any coloring pigment, which can be very peculiar to those who haven’t seen it before. Colorless blenders can be used to make color transitions smoother, correct coloring mistakes and create subdued, pastel effects. You can use it as a base or apply it after the markers to blend from one shade to another. Colorless blenders make the colors flow seamlessly, creating a pretty ombre effect.
There’s a lot of tips and tricks on how to use colorless blenders. Check out the video tutorial above to learn more about them.
Mix and Match Shades of Green
Nothing says life and rebirth more than the color green. Green represents nature, healing, energy, hope, and even good luck. Out of all the colors, green is also known to be easiest on the eyes so don’t be afraid to play around with its shades.
And boy, does green have a lot of shades or what!
There’s the dark green of olives and still ponds, the bright verdant shades of new grass and the happy, warm hues of limes and pears. There’s just so much you can do with the color green that it would be a shame if you didn’t use it in your coloring.
One way to use this color is to mix and match it with its complementary colors. Try different and unexpected combinations like this and this and see how it turns out…you might be surprised with the results.
Finally, we have Easter, which is arguably one of the most colorful holidays there is. Easter, like spring, celebrates new beginnings and it does so by using crazy patterns and color combos. If you’ve ever painted an easter egg, you’d know what we mean.
Take away your inhibitions and just go with the flow. This works really well when doing doodle patterns or even mandalas. Sometimes coloring doesn’t have to have rhyme or reason…just do what looks and feels good and you’re set! Going “rogue” when coloring can give you a sense of freedom that just makes everything more fun.
Spring is the perfect time for two things: rekindling your passion for coloring and discovering new things along the way.
Just like shedding those heavy winter coats, shake off that creative slump and get ready to go on a new coloring adventure this season with these fresh, spring-inspired tips.
Have fun and don’t forget to free your creativity!