How to Make Coloring Pages Watercolor Safe

It’s like magic! Watch this really cool trick I found to make your coloring book pages watercolor safe! Professional artists learn this in art school, but the average colorist has never seen it before. So after some experimentation, I figured out a relatively quick and easy way for the rest of us to be able to color our pages with wet media. If you like this trick, please give my video a “thumbs up” like and subscribe to my channel.

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21 comments… add one
  • Gina Aug 5, 2016 @ 15:43

    Have you tried it on pages printed from an ink jet printer?

    • Jennifer Stay Aug 6, 2016 @ 14:13

      Hi Gina! I haven’t tried inkjet yet, but I’m fairly confident it will work. I’ll have to try that and let you know!

  • Terri Aug 5, 2016 @ 18:12

    Love your pics

    • Jennifer Stay Aug 5, 2016 @ 19:45

      Thank you Terri. 🙂

  • Elizabeth Wright Aug 5, 2016 @ 22:51

    Thanks for this wonderful tip.
    I was wondering how normal wax pencil work over it because often when I print pictures, the ink from the printing seems to come off as I color and make a lot of the page look dirty, so I was wondering if it would work to apply gesso over the printed art work, before coloring and then how the pencils would layer on top of that.

    • Jennifer Stay Aug 6, 2016 @ 14:15

      Yes, this will definitely help that problem. The gesso will create a “toothy” texture to your paper that will grab onto the wax of your pencil as you drag it across your paper. So you may have to adjust the pressure you apply as you color. But I encourage you to experiment with it an see what happens. Have fun!!!

  • Patty Aug 6, 2016 @ 7:33

    I love this! I’ve done it before in my amazing coloring books. I’ve colored the picture with water color pencils then used a small brush that holds water in a little tiny plastic container and “painted” the water over the colored picture. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jennifer Stay Aug 6, 2016 @ 14:18

      You’re welcome Patty. 🙂

  • Kathy Aug 6, 2016 @ 13:17

    Looks easy enough I think I will try it!

    • Jennifer Stay Aug 6, 2016 @ 14:18

      Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  • Karen Oderkirk Aug 10, 2016 @ 11:53

    Does this prevent bleedthru with alcohol markers?

    • Jennifer Stay Aug 17, 2016 @ 11:18

      Hi Karen! I haven’t tried alcohol markers yet, but that’s a great test I’ll need to do! In face, I plan to do a followup video here soon where I test a bunch of different media like that. 😉

    • NatalieBramasole Jun 18, 2020 @ 10:41

      Yes,it works for markers too,and gelpens ,and all other kind of media.
      I use gesso for 18 years now,and you even can later it to have more opportunities,even hen you made a booboo,hihi😁🙈you can add annother layer

  • Sandy Gould Jan 12, 2017 @ 13:37

    You showed what to buy in this video but unable to find the next one to use all these products you talked about

  • Laura Mar 26, 2017 @ 11:06

    Excited to try this on cardstock
    I really enjoy( and learn a lot) from your videos. Wondering how the monthly thing works
    Hey thanks

    • Jennifer Stay Mar 29, 2017 @ 10:33

      Thank you Laura. My “Premium Membership” is a $5 per month subscription that gives you access to my entire library of coloring pages and tools, as well as new pages and tools added each month. 😉 You can subscribe here: https://www.coloringbliss.com/premium-membership/

  • Sharon Marlow Apr 15, 2018 @ 7:13

    I can’t wait to try this! 😊 I love watercolors!
    Jennifer can I leave my custom book in my cart till I get paid? Thanks for your tips and advice I finally feal comfortable posting my art! God bless you and your family 😇 😇

    • Jennifer Stay Apr 19, 2018 @ 8:59

      Yes, you can leave your book in the cart and it should remember it for you. 🙂

  • Julie Ward Mar 28, 2019 @ 12:50

    Did you ever experiment with using the gesso on printed off coloring pages using watercolor markers???

    • NatalieBramasole Jun 18, 2020 @ 10:45

      You can use it on everything and for everything and you even can layer it to have more opportunities to use several media

  • Elaine Dahlgren Jul 18, 2019 @ 10:36

    These coloring boosts are wonderful. You demonstrate step by step the procedure…then you have videos that we can watch for more detail. Hope you continue these little snippets of knowledge. Thanks

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