A few weeks ago, I set up a coloring station in the library. I have personally enjoyed the adult coloring book craze, so I bought a few cute coloring books and color pencils. I figured it would be popular with my 6th and 7th grade girls, but I was surprised that even my high schoolers and teachers took some time out to color!
I printed a few coloring bookmarks from some online resources, but there was always something I didn’t like about the color-marks I printed online. Some had huge margins, and others blurry lines. And it wasn’t easy finding color-marks that would appeal to older students. For all the time I spent searching, I could have just made the bookmarks myself.
So I did! I made these babies in Adobe Illustrator CS6. The AI learning curve is huge, but I have really loved learning to use it! Illustrator allowed me to create these original bookmarks that are free from all the annoying stuff. No enormous margins! No lines between bookmarks that need to be trimmed just so. No annoying logos! Just clean images with nice, crisp lines.
I think for my first attempt at color-marks, I did a pretty good job!
The below images are PNGs and probably won’t print very well. I haven’t tried it, but I’m betting they’ll be pixelated when enlarged. I have linked the downloadable PDFs here (don’t worry, they’re free!)
(A HUGE thank you to WeGraphics for the easy-to-follow tutorial on making these flowers!)
(separate download link–click here)