My Coloring Journey

I am calling it a coloring journey because, as you might remember, I haven’t considered myself a color-er, let alone a Color-ist. This past week though on a working retreat with friends I picked up the markers and tried it again. Let me just say, the medium you choose makes all the difference. So far, I had tried colored pencils and Copic markers and while I liked them, the Bic markers I used recently felt really good and I liked the even effect of the coloring. Luckily, I have a small stash in the studio so that is what I started with today.



I gave myself an hour to color, which turned in to almost two hours with little bit of time where I got side-tracked organizing my Copics, which I didn’t even use. Of course, seeing all of the colors just made me realize that I need more shades. When I couldn’t find a color I wanted with the Bic Mark-Its that I had on hand I reached for my paint pens.

I really like them but they’re not for everyone. With them you actually lay down a layer of paint on the surface and they’re opaque so they will cover the black lines if you start to go out of the lines. Also, I’m using regular printer paper and if you scratch back and forth, the wetness of the paint will start to loosen and ball up the fibers of the paper. It’s best to be able to lay the color down in one stroke, or at least as few as possible.
lg100927a03I’ve gotten used to paint pens in my art journals and I quite like them. They do need a few seconds to dry but they don’t bleed through. As you can see above though, not all pens are created equal. One of the yellows I used was a Derwent Graphik’s pen and they have a tendency to explode little blobs of paint when you least expect it. If you’re careful and you watch the tip closely while you color, you can catch it in time and sop the explosion up with a paper towel. I can usually do this but it would probably drive more than a few people bonkers.


I started out taking notes on my blotter paper of the pens I was using and as usual, one thing leads to another and it started turning into my “Inner Sanctum” thoughts. Things to remember, things I want to come here and tell you about, and other randomness that runs through my brain while my mind wanders. I can’t decide if this is as crazy as talking to myself, or worse.



This is as far as I got. I made a commitment to go into the studio and color (or do something else creative) for at least an hour in the morning, after school drop-off. This page is from Meditative Mandalas – Lori’s Mandala Coloring Book for Adults – Volume 1, due out next month, as well as Volume 2 – Relaxing Mandalas.

Now, back to working on Volume 3 – Calming Mandalas.

Bonus Free Adult Coloring Book Page

Every Friday I upload free coloring book pages in the group, Lori Greenberg’s Coloring Connection. This week I uploaded an additional page to get feedback on a really detailed image. Today I’m uploading another bonus page to give a feel for where the designs have gone since starting this project. This page has similar design elements to one of the pages slotted for the first book.


Click the image to download your free page to print out and color, and join the facebook group to make sure you don’t miss the free weekly pages.

Also, a change in plans, but a good change. Instead of three books coming out in November, I’ll be publishing two in October. The third book will follow after that, still leaving plenty of time to grab them for the colorists on your holiday shopping lists.

I’d love to see what you come up with in your coloring of these pages. I’ve been humbled by what colorists have created and shown over on the facebook page.



Adult Coloring Books

Here’s a sneak peek at what I’ve been up to lately: creating coloring books for adults. I’ve been obsessed. I told friends recently that I used to wonder how I could make a living by sitting around and doodling. While it of course takes a little more than that, it’s what I’ve been feeling lately. I love finding something that comes naturally to me and running with it.

This is a snapshot of a page that is under consideration for the first book:


As I work out the steps on this adventure I wonder what people like. The photo shows a really detailed page. While I love it, I also know that people have told me I’m crazy for the detailed work in which I find comfort. I have a variety of complexities to choose from and am considering giving up the really detailed ones but, we’ll see.

I’m almost halfway done with the first book, and am planning two more, all three to be published in November, most likely towards the end of the month.

Are you a colorist? Do you love the adult coloring books? What are your preferences? I’ve started a facebook group, Lori Greenberg’s Coloring Connection, to share colored designs of the free pages I give away each week for download, and to follow me in this process. Why not pop over and check it out. There is a free page from this past week and another will be posted tomorrow.