I really recommend cutting down 90# drawing paper to 8.5 x 11 to run through the printer. The reason I like the 90# drawing paper is that it less absorbent than regular copy paper or cardstock. This allows the color from the marker a chance to flow across the paper and create a painted effect. You might need to test out some paper first. If the color is not bleeding into the center enough, you might need to add some watercolor to the center of the shapes instead of just plain water.
Heart Coloring Page with Monocromatic Colors
For the MONOCHROMATIC hearts, outline the hearts with a variety of tints and shades of one color, such as red. Then go over each heart with plain water using a watercolor brush.
When I made the RAINBOW hearts, I used the colors of the rainbow to outline the lines of the heart. This is a great way to practice putting the colors of the rainbow in the correct order. Then I went over each area with plain water using a watercolor brush.
For this page, I’m using the PRIMARY COLORS to make a RAINBOW. This is a little tricky because you need to keep in mind what the final color should be and add just the first color. You might want to write down the names of the colors or have some kind of a “color key” nearby. Let this layer dry completely before going over the outline with the next primary color.
Add the second layer of primary colors to make the orange (red over yellow), green (blue over yellow), and purple (blue over red) stripes. The second picture shows the finished colors.
To make a PLAID HEART with the primary colors, use the primary colors to outline the boxes of the vertical stripes. (Go around each box, don’t just outline the edge of the stripe). You can see that I made a vertical stripe of yellow, red, and blue. Allow drying time.
For the HORIZONTAL stripes, follow the same steps as the vertical stripes. So the horizontal stripe of yellow overlaps the vertical yellow, red and blue lines (and so on … ).
The finished plaid design will contain all the primary (red, yellow, and blue) and secondary (orange, green, and purple) colors.
When I made the COOL HEARTS design, I outlined the hearts with a variety of cool colors such as blue, green, and purple. I gave a little extra color to where there would be a shadow created by overlapping hearts. Then I went over each heart with plain water using a watercolor brush.
Using Dots to Add Shading
I added some shading by going over the dry paint with the colored markers.
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I create engaging drawing resources that help students build confidence and express themselves through art.