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Project Pinterest: DIY Coloring Pages, Nature Edition

I’ve been on a doodling spree!  Set me in front of a blank sheet of paper, and I usually draw a blank.  But thanks to Pinterest, inspiration abounds – even when it comes to doodling.

This is my third batch of doodle ideas – you can look to my Project Pinterest page for more.  Below, three more ideas to jump start your doodling: Leaf Line Patterns, Dandelions, and Textured Landscapes.

Nature DIY Coloring Pages

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

Time: 10-20 minutes, but that’s not really the point this time, right?

Cost: Free, since you probably have the supplies already

Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Sharpie
  • markers/crayons/colored pencils/etc.

Leaf Line Patterns

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

One of my favorite elementary art blogs is Art Projects for Kids because of the daily ideas with practical supplies and instructions.  I pinned this idea a while ago, and it goes with the nature theme of today’s coloring pages.

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Instructions:

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

1. I like to start with a box, so my drawing is contained – it’s just less intimidating to me than a blank piece of paper.  Draw a couple leaves with veins that extend to the edges.

2. In each section, draw a different pattern (in a different color if you want.)  Zig zags, stripes, cross hatches, shapes, concentric circles, checkerboard, etc.

3. Finish up by adding “energy lines” around the shapes – concentric outlines around the leaves.

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

 

I added color to each section, but I think it would be fun to do the patterns in different colors as well, just like the original.   Either way, the doodling is the best part.

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

Dandelions

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

I pinned this step-by-step for drawing dandelions, from the same Art Projects for Kids blog where I found the leaf pattern idea – see, it really is a fun and useful blog!

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There’s not much to say that isn’t covered in the drawing, but I made a little icon just for fun.

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

I love the three dandelions with “make a wish…”   Such a cute idea!

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

Textured Landscapes

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

I pinned this picture and then discovered that it comes from an Italian art teacher’s blog – you never know where you’ll end up when you start following pins to their source, which is another reason why I love Pinterest!

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I used the example as a model the first time, then started creating my own landscapes.  First, I drew outlines of each layer;  From the bottom to the top: Rocks, grass, hill, tree, water, mountain, sky.  Then add a different texture (in a different color if you wish) for each layer – lines, cross hatch, spirals, etc.  My favorite part was writing “sky” in continuous cursive at the top – all those looping loop de loops make me smile.

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

These landscapes are addictive once you get started – I made another one too!

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Coloring Pages

Hooray for Pinterest and coloring creatively!

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