Stained Glass Animals: 50 Simple Animal Windows To Test Your Coloring And Shading Skills (PDF)


This is the PDF version of the thirteenth of twenty books in Audrey Wingate’s ‘Coloring Books for Adults’ series.

This PDF version allows you to download the book and print out all, or just some, of the letter sized (8.5″ x 11″) black and white outline pages for coloring. One advantage of this for many coloring enthusiasts is that it allows you to choose your own grade and weight of paper to suit your style of coloring.


People say that coloring books for adults have to contain complex outlines, to distinguish them from coloring books made for children. However, this is not the case and, in this coloring book, you will find some relatively simple stained glass window animal outlines, which you might find surprisingly difficult. The skill here lies in not just using choosing the right colors to build a picture, but in using gradients and shading across each window to capture the effect of light shining through a stained glass window. Shading, with both pencils and an eraser, is not as easy as you might think.

Why has adult coloring so popular today?

Coloring Reduces Stress And Anxiety

Psychiatrists have long recognized the fact that coloring relaxes the fear center of the brain and permits your mind to rest. Indeed the founder of analytical psychology, Carl Jung, gave his patients mandalas to color over 100 years ago. In today’s hectic world the stress reducing properties of coloring are probably more valuable than they have ever been.

Coloring Trains Your Brain To Focus

Staying inside the lines as you color a simple black and white line drawing requires focus and, while you concentrate on this stress-free and relaxing activity, you can forget about your worries. Coloring is a mind exercise that allows you to set aside everything else for the time you spend doing it, and this is very important in our increasingly demanding world.

Coloring Helps To Develop Fine Motor Skills And Vision

Coloring forces the two sides of your brain to communicate and involves the use of logic (used for coloring forms) and creativity (as we mix and match colors). In turn, this brings the areas of the brain concerned with fine motor skills and vision into play, and helps in keeping these active and in developing them further. It is this aspect of coloring that is being increasingly seen as particularly valuable for older individuals, as many believe that it can delay, or possibly even prevent, the onset of dementia.

Coloring Gives You The Opportunity To Be Social

Although you may believe that coloring ought to be a purely solo occupation, its growing popularity is quickly turning it into a social one. Friends, families, work colleagues and others are now getting together to enjoy something to eat and drink and the chance to socialize, through their common interest in coloring. Undoubtedly, this is a perfect excuse for a party, as coloring takes only a minimum of concentration and can be done easily in a group setting.

Coloring Allows You To Express Yourself

There are no rules when it comes to coloring and your coloring book is just that – your coloring book. If you accidentally color the cat’s back leg green because you thought that it was part of the grass, who is going to care? Should you feel like making the sky yellow, does it really matter? You may be as creative as you like because this is your project, and yours alone. When it comes to choosing colors remember that the American artist James Whistler once famously remarked, “Mauve is just pink trying to be purple.”

You may of course already be a follower of adult coloring, in which case you will know and appreciate its value. This may however be a new enterprise for you and one that you are contemplating for any one of a number of different reasons. If this is a new enterprise for you then I encourage you to try it out. It is no accident that so many people are excited about the world of adult coloring, so jump on board and start enjoying the benefits for yourself today.