Tutorial: Homemade Coloring Pages

Updated: 10 Feb 2019

How to draw coloring pages in two steps

Homemade coloring pages can be prepared for children or together with them.

How to make your own coloring pages in two steps:

  1. Pencil drawing
  2. Pen drawing

Start by selecting a character you want to draw.

The easiest way is to search the web for a coloring page of the same character and try to reproduce it.

That said, you can draw a colored cartoon character as a coloring page by ignoring the colors and drawing only the contours (outlines).

Step 1: Pencil Drawing

The advantage of pencil drawing is the ability to erase and correct while working.

Pencil sketching for making coloring page

Drawing and erasing until the desired result is achieved:

Pencil drawing of Winnie the Pooh

Step 2: Pen Drawing

A technical pen is characterized by the ability to create lines of fixed thickness. Standard pen can also be used.

The technical pen is used to draw on top of the pencil drawing in order to create permanent, durable and sharp contours:

Drawing with a technical pen to create a coloring page

After completing the pen drawing, gently erase the pencil drawing:

Winnie the pooh coloring page

What kind of paper to use?

How to Draw with Children?

From an early age, children are familiar with the basic shapes. Therefore, it is best to start with characters made of simple shapes.

One example is the Tsum Tsum. Many Tsum Tsum coloring pages are a collection of circles and half circles.

Who are the Tsum Tsum?

Tsum Tsum are toy dolls based on Disney's popular comic characters.

The dolls are manufactured in a number of sizes from very large to micro.

Micro Tsum Tsum toy dolls collection Tsum Tsum dolls collection
Tsum Tsum toy dolls and house The Tsum Tsum and their home
Tsum Tsum cars by Tomica Tsum Tsum cars by Tomica

How to Draw Tsum Tsum?

Tsum Tsum are simple figures for drawing. The base is a circle or an elliptical structure and all that remains is to add two circles for the eyes, two half circles for the legs and so on.

Drawing a line in the middle of the circle can help to achieve a more symmetrical result.

For children, it is easier to start directly with a pen and disregard the pencil-drawing step.

drawing a circle with a pencil Drawing a circle with a pencil
Adding some circles to the drawing Adding some circles
Adding half circles to the Tsum Tsum drawing Adding half circles
Tinker Bell Tsum Tsum pencil coloring page Drawing lines where needed

Drawing with a pen on top of the pencil drawing and then gently erasing the pencil drawing:

How to draw Tsum Tsum coloring page Drawing with a technical pen
Tinker Bell homemade Tsum Tsum coloring page Tinker Bell Tsum Tsum

Examples of Tsum Tsum coloring pages:

Tsum Tsum coloring pages, Lady and the Tramp Lady and the Tramp 1955
Tsum Tsum homemade coloring page, Frozen. Frozen 2013

Examples of coloring pages after coloring:

Tsum Tsum homemade coloring page, Toy Story Toy Story 1995
Tsum Tsum coloring pages, Mickey Mouse universe Mickey Mouse universe

Mr. Men & Little Miss

Other characters suitable for beginners in drawing coloring pages are figures from the book series Mr. Men and Little Miss.

These figures are made of simple shapes and therefore, easy to draw.

Mr. Men coloring page Mr. Men characters
Little Miss coloring page Little Miss characters

Selected Coloring Pages Gallery

Coloring books first appeared in the United States in the 19th century as part of thinking that any student might benefit from artistic education and thereby develop cognitive abilities.

Tinker Bell coloring page Tinker Bell
The Lion King coloring page The Lion King
Frozen coloring page, Olaf Frozen: Olaf
Frozen coloring page, Elsa Frozen: Elsa

Of all Disney princesses, Elsa is the only one to be crowned queen.

Minnie Mouse coloring page Minnie Mouse
The Jungle Book, Mowgli coloring page The Jungle Book: Mowgli
My Little Pony, Twilight Sparkle coloring page My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle
Rabbit coloring page Rabbit

The international symbol for cosmetics that have not been tested on animals is the rabbit label.

Among the most famous rabbits are Bugs Bunny, the White Rabbit (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), Roger Rabbit, Thumper (Bambi) and the Easter Bunny.

Winnie the Pooh coloring page Winnie the Pooh
SpongeBob coloring page SpongeBob
Mammoth coloring page Mammoth
Pterodactyl dinosaur coloring page Pterodactyl

Summary

It is an option to buy coloring books or print coloring pages from the Internet, but children, in many cases, love personal attention and the ability to ask for what they want.

Drawing your own coloring pages of Tsum Tsum is a good practice for beginners and suitable for children.

Here is a more comprehensive article on how to draw cartoon characters.

For recommended drawing pens: Technical Pens Review.

If you like drawing with pens, visit my guide on how to draw flowers with pen and ink.

Keep in mind:

Sometimes it is convenient to use a mechanical pencil since it does not need to be sharpened. Click here for learning more about how to draw and sketch with a mechanical pencil.