Flower coloring pages might be simple, but flowers come in so many different colors, shapes and sizes that they can open up a world of creative potential for you. You can play with colors, whether it’s creating incredible monochromatic art or mixing and matching different tones for an abstract effect. Here’s how flower coloring pages can help you improve your coloring skills.
Flower coloring pages are great because of these reasons:
- Ideal for practicing your marker drawing techniques
- Get to grips with light source
- Experiment with color
- Easily create smooth color blends
When you’re coloring, you can obviously use any art tool you want - from a marker pen to the classic pencil. Let’s talk about marker pens first.
One of the biggest things to come to terms with when drawing with alcohol based pens is that the ink is permanent, fast drying and can bleed. It doesn’t necessarily mean you need to get it right first time or your work will be ruined. But it does take a steady hand and some practice to ensure you get the aesthetic you’re after.
So how can flower coloring pages help with that? Well, you can get flower outlines in all shapes and sizes so you can practice shading in the larger areas without creating streaks and adding details in the smaller areas.
Chameleon Pens can help with this as they’re double-ended. The durable Bullet Nib is fantastic for covering smaller areas due to its firm, sharper point while the Japanese Super Soft Brush Nib is perfect for large, smooth, streak-free shading as it mimics the soft fibers of a paintbrush. You can also use our Detail Pen, which is a pigment based fineliner to do some intricate handiwork like artistic.in.ways’ flower masterpiece below. Check out more of the artist’s exquisite work here.
And what if you’re not using a marker pen? Coloring pages can still be handy if you’re working with pencils because you can practice shading without creating streaks or smudges.
Keeping the light source in mind when coloring is very important if you want to ensure your work looks as realistic and professional as possible. And if your work is supposed to be abstract, realistic-looking shadows and highlights still help add that essence of professionalism to make it stand out.
For example, even Impressionist artists, like Van Gogh, whose work was a personal interpretation of what they observed, included shadows and highlights. Although their work wasn’t supposed to be “realistic”, it still followed foundation principles based in reality which helped give it a striking edge.
Take a look at the flowers and butterflies colored by Eliane Federzoni below. Do you think the artwork would look as gorgeous and eye-catching if there were no tonal gradations? It’s a great example of how realistic shading can enhance your work. Be inspired by more of Elaine’s exquisite penmanship here.
Now, flower coloring pages can help you wrap your head around how the light source works.
When you look at one of the flowers or leaves, you should imagine where your light source (aka the sun) will be. The areas furthest from the sun should be the darkest in tone while the closest areas should be the lightest. And the areas in the middle? These midtones should act as the “in between” shades so your colors smoothly transition from light to dark (or vice versa) without having a harsh line separating them.
It’s often much easier to envision where the light source is when you’re coloring an outline as opposed to sketching your own image from scratch.
Flowers are bright and colorful, so when you’re working on a flower coloring page, you can play with as many shades and tones as you want. In contrast, if you were coloring in an image of the ocean, you’ll probably only be able to use shades of blue and green. But flowers? You can go wild.
You can use the same color or work with the same color family. You can play with multiple colors and tones to create smooth tonal gradations. You can even create new shades by layering your colors on top of each other. If you use alcohol based markers, you can create overlays to make your work even more striking. Yellows can brighten up images while grays do the opposite.
You don’t have to use stereotypical flower colors either. And by these, we mean pinks, greens and yellows. You can use jewel tones like deep teal and indigo - like the example below. Madison, who specializes in watercolor-style art, accentuated the tones of her flowers with splashes of fuschia. Check out more of her work here.
Like we said, flowers can literally come in any color so broaden your mind and experiment with colors you’ve never worked with before.
Whether you’re using watercolors or acrylic paints, marker pens or pencils, creating seamless tonal gradations is no easy feat. Flower coloring pages are a great place to practice your blending skills.
Remember when we mentioned how flower coloring pages can help you get to grips with light source control (you can go back and read it again here)? Well, knowing where the light source can help you know exactly where to shade lightly and when to start getting darker. Or vice versa.
Alternatively, you might not want to use the light source. You might want just the tips of the flower petals to be illuminated - like the stunning example below colored by Ashley Snelgrove.
Chameleon Pens can help you easily create gorgeous tonal blends. The revolutionary Mixing Chamber dilutes the pen’s ink for you so when you first start shading, the color comes out in a light tone. As you shade, it slowly returns to its saturated self again. And all it takes is a few seconds of fusing in the Mixing Chamber.
Top tip: The longer you infuse the pen nib in the Mixing Chamber, the lighter the tone will be and the longer it will stay that way before it returns to its original saturated tone. So, if you’re working on a large area and you want the tonal gradation to stretch out for longer, fuse the pen for longer. And if you only want a small gradation, have a much shorter fuse time.
Want to keep improving your coloring skills?
Just one look at the gorgeous flower creations we’ve shared in this post shows just how limitless the world of color can be.
If you’d like to keep working on your coloring skills, whether it’s blending tips or shading tactics, download our pen technique guide. We’ll show you how to color like no other using Chameleon Pens.