As regular readers/IG followers know, I’ve become excited about drawing and painting whimsical girls. And by girls I mean sometimes they’re actually mermaids, but hey. Although I know better than to try multiple new materials and/or techniques at the same time, my excitement recently got the better of me. I jumped right into trying to make a girl in the style of Willowing’s She Blooms in Ink ladies with a new type of paper, new watercolor crayons, and a different technique with a supply I already owned. Although the resulting girl has grown on me (I do actually like her, she’s just not what I originally had in mind), she also served as a great reminder of why you should really only try one new thing at a time! Part way through painting her, I snapped a photo because I thought she’d make a really fun coloring page. I traced the drawing by hand in Illustrator and kept the details to a minimum. This coloring page is intentionally has a decidedly hand drawn feel (as opposed to a perfect drawing created by using various shape building functions) and doesn’t have a whole lot of detail so that you can fill it in using your imagination.
This printable whimsical girl coloring page is free to download from Google Drive right here!
There are a couple of different ways you can use the coloring page. You can print it out, preferably on cardstock or a ‘nicer’ printer paper, and color using dry media (colored pencils, crayons, etc), or you can trace it onto mixed media or watercolor paper. You can either do this by using a sheet of graphite transfer paper or a pencil with a bit of scribbling. For the DIY method of transfer (which I actually prefer), use a soft pencil to scribble over the design on the back side of your printed page. Hold or tape the sheet in place right side up, then trace over the design with a pen to transfer some of the graphite onto your art paper. For a more detailed description with photos, please stop by this DIY llama painting post because it’s demonstrated there!
For my drawing, I used 7×10 hot press watercolor paper (I usually use cold press for watercolor but like the smoother hot press surface for mixed media), Tombow markers from the “brights” set, a couple Neocolor II water-soluble crayons, water/watercolor brushes, Micron pens in 01 and 05, and paint pens (Posca extra fine in black and white). You can obviously color your coloring page with whatever supplies you’d like! Here’s a painting I made with similar supplies in my current art journal:
I still haven’t quite figured up a good photography setup at our new location so I’ll have to ask you to bear with my lower than usual quality photos for a little while longer!
If you would like some guidance on creating your own lovely whimsical ladies, I hope you stop by the course She Blooms. The lovely image below is from the course description page – stop by to see even more from the class! Tam also has a free “Art, Heart, and Healing” course that’s available to newsletter subscribers. It’s a great way to get your feet wet in the world of whimsical art. I can’t believe how much progress I’ve made with drawing since I first enrolled in the free course just a couple months ago!
I really enjoyed making this whimsical girl coloring page and am considering creating more in the future. Would anyone be interested in more printable coloring pages like this?
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