Is creativity a talent or a skill? Let me differentiate this two. A talent is something that you’re born with while a skill is something that you learn, develop, have some training or cultivate along the way. Singing for instance is a talent. Not everyone can sing. Riding a bike is a skill. Everybody can ride a bike if they learn how to ride a bike. To answer the question, creativity is a skill. All of us are creative. It’s just a matter of tapping into it and exploring how to cultivate and express it. I’m not an artist and I thought I wasn’t creative. My left-brain function is dominant and with all humility I excelled in Science and Math when I was in school. So I never thought I can be creative. But with adult coloring books, I realised I can be creative and I can enhance it. So, this article is all about adult coloring books and how to enhance your creativity. If you’re about to join the craze on adult coloring books or you’ve just started, this article is for you.
Creativity is important because it’s a form of expression. It’s what the mind would like to share. I really believe that creating something is rewarding and gives a sense of fulfillment. Expressing ones creativity is opening doors to being happy. So for those who are into adult coloring books, how to enhance your creativity?
Just like riding a bike, it needs practice. As long as you are willing to learn, you will be surprised on how far you’ll go. It doesn’t need a formal training, you just need to learn how to balance and push the pedal and to keep going and then practice.
In coloring, you will learn as you go along. Your strokes will improve. Your techniques will improve. You will learn to choose which colors to use. It’s a process and you’ll keep on improving. Work on page after page. I suggest you focus on one theme first. Like if you want to color some flowers, stick on a garden theme so that you’ll get to encounter different flowers and that’s where you’ll discover several ways to color flowers. It will be good to finish a page before trying another one. With this, you’ll be able to compare your progress.
Don’t be Scared to Try.
A coloring book is meant to be enjoyed. Dive in and do what you want. Some colorists are scared that they might ruin the page. Just go for it and express what’s in your mind. Have a play with your media and try some color combinations. Or layer some colors and see which ones will appear nice. If you ruin the page, move one. Bear in mind that you can always buy another copy if you want.
Watch some tutorials.
There’s a lot of resources online on techniques and tips and tricks on how to color. You can follow some great colorists like Chris Cheng, Colour with Claire and Peta Hewitt. Or simply Google
- How to use color pencils
- How to blend color pencils
- How to color a background
- How to color a gem
- How to color a skintone
- How to color hair
These topics are good starting point. And as mentioned above, whatever you learned, practice and don’t be scared to try.
Join a Group and Learn from Others.
it is good to connect with like-minded people because you’ll be able to share the same passion and interest. Whether online or face to face, having a group will give you the encouragement and inspiration to work on your art. It is also a good venue for you to learn new things and also to share what you’ve learned as well. And these groups would encourage you to post your final picture or even pages that are still considered as work in progress. It’s very interesting to know the stories behind those pages. Some colorists would express the choice of their colors based on what they are going through in their lives. It’s amazing to know how each person has a story to tell why they are coloring.
Colorists are very mindful of the colors around them. Whether it’s nature, a dress, color of a bag… everything. If they see a sunset, they will think of a color palette of a sunset and how to use those palettes as background. If they see a water droplet, they will try to learn how to color a water droplet. If it’s a red Christmas ball, how to come up with a glittery and glossy red Christmas ball. If it’s a glass, how to achieve the transparency when they color a glass. There’s a lot of things that are going on behind a colorist mind whenever they see some colors.
I think this is where mindfulness comes in. It’s not only achieved during coloring but also when you get to observe and appreciate the things around you.
You are Creative.
I had a conversation with an artist and she sketches and paints. She travels alone to find some beautiful inspirations and sketch them. I told her I’ve been a colorist for several years now and very much keen about art. She said it’s a good start and I should explore drawing and sketching as this too can be learned. Just practice and practice. And I believe her and adult coloring books were such an eye-opener for me that I can be creative. Looking at the pages I’ve colored, I can see that 4 years ago looked so flat… no blending, no shading. But recent pages that I did have more life I think.
I hope this inspires you to discover your skill and unleash your creativity. If adult coloring book is an interest, just start with a coloring book and some color pencils. Eventually, your skills will build-up and you’ll be amaze on that self-discovery. If you’re already working on adult coloring books, I hope this article inspires you on how to enhance your creativity.