Adult Coloring – Free Mandala Sample 2

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A mandala coloring image which is representative of the mandala images in several of the adult coloring books in our bookstore.

This particular image is currently being offered as a FREE sample download.

This PDF is US Letter size (8.5″ x 11″) and is designed to be printed out on a home color printer, using your own choice of a good weight of paper for coloring.

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This is one of a number of sample adult coloring pages which are currently being offered for download free of charge.

This sample consists of two US Letter (8.5″ x 11″) sized downloadable PDFs – a black and white outline for coloring and an example of a colored picture. While you may of course simply copy the colored picture, this is not the intention and the colored version is merely included to give you some ideas for color selection if you get stuck. For best results you should let your imagination go and choose your own color scheme.

One important element when it comes to coloring is your choice of paper stock and, if you are new to coloring, the wrong selection can result in a poor coloring experience and a less than satisfactory finished image.

If you are new to the world of adult coloring, below are some thoughts on choosing the best paper. In all cases the paper recommended is suitable for use in most reasonably good quality home color printers.

Neenah Bright White CardstockBest value paper for use with colored pencils. For colored pencils (and indeed other dry media such as chalk pencils, crayons and pastels) a light cardstock is a good choice and one of the best, in terms of value for money, is a 65lb Neenah Bright White Cardstock. This cardstock, while not identical, is very similar to the paper quality used by CreateSpace for printing adult coloring books. It is important to note that this paper is only suitable for dry media and that this does not include markers, which will bleed into the paper causing it to buckle.

Index CardstockBest quality paper for use with colored pencils. Another excellent cardstock for use with colored pencils comes from the same manufacturer and is a 110lb index card stock. This is an excellent choice if you want to use some advanced techniques with coloring pencils, such as blending or their use with solvents. This paper can also be used with limited wet media, such as gel pens and some markers. You might also like to try it with watercolor pencils as long as you use only the very minimum of water required.

Classic Crest CardstockBest quality paper for use with Copic markers. If you wish to use premium alcohol-based markers, such as Copic markers, Prismacolor markers and similar brands then you will need to look for a smooth, non-coated and thick cardstock such as 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock. This is the favored choice of many artists and card makers.

Canson Watercolor PaperBest quality paper for use with watercolors. If you wish to use watercolors, or watercolor pencils, then you really need to choose a paper like the 140lb Canson XL Series Watercolor Textured Paper, which is specifically designed for the purpose. Watercolor paper is thick and, in most cases, your printer will need to have a flat feed to print on watercolor stock. It should be noted that the paper recommended here is 9″ x 12″ in size and so, if your printer will not accept paper that is this size, you may need to cut it down to letter size.