Wanna learn how to turn your coloring pages& bookmarks into works of art?
The kids worked so hard and were really proud of their work so I added a few simple touches to make this activity extra special and make keepsake art pieces.
If you are not able to purchase new art supply items don’t worry, you can do this at home using items you already have in your house unless you’re like me and need an excuse to buy some new art supplies! :o)
Adding a few special touches after finishing a coloring sheet can turn your coloring pages into works of art!
Gel Pens– The glitter gel pens look AMAZING on intricate coloring pages & bookmarks. They are made for more intermediate or advanced coloring pages however younger kids can use them.
Construction Paper or Cardstock
Glue Sticks (1 per child)
Best Free Coloring Pages
First you’ll need to select your coloring page! See below for our recommendations.
Zentangle is a more intricate style of coloring page and we have been using it with Kindergarten & first graders (who love coloring) to work on fine motor skills like staying in the lines & choosing color combinations.
Next you’ll need to choose what you’d like to color them with. We used gel pens (with glitter & neon colors) however mixed media (markers and colored pencils or crayons) looks nice as well.
Finally, chose the construction paper that makes your coloring choices pop.
Making your own bookmarks is SUPER easy. It can be as simple as a laminated plain piece of construction paper or you can get as fancy as you want.
We used printable bookmark coloring pages but you can always just hand drawn doodles or print names on a piece of construction paper.
Stickers– Mrs. Grossmans has the highest quality stickers and regular seasonal sales. Their online store is fabulous!
Best sites for printable bookmarks
After you have selected your bookmark chose what you will color it with. Our gel pens are glitter or metalic & look amazing in this style of coloring page.
“Mommy, I did my best & look… I’m an artist!!”. The first round of this project took him about a week to finish the wolf and when he was done I cut it out for him & he glued it down to the black construction paper to make the colors pop.
Frame it or laminate it to preserve it, these are sure to be keepsakes!
Tips for making bookmarks
The bookmarks were equally as fun to make!
I used what we had & printed the bookmarks on regular copy paper then cut & glued it to construction paper to make it sturdier. If you do not have access to a laminator you can use packing tape to “laminate” them.
NOTE: Cardstock & a laminator would be way more efficient time wise but it’s fun to get creative & use what you have too!
We used a different set of metalic markers & stickers to decorate the back of the black construction paper because the back was”too boring” according to my kindergartener.