My oldest sister cannot keep her seven-year-old daughter in coloring books. She will sit down and carefully color every page, cover-to-cover. She encourages friends and eager aunts to help her color her coloring books, but she has final say on color choices and overall design decisions. For that reason, I was happy to check out a new site called ScrapColoring.com when the owners contacted us. While many websites are offering free coloring pages, ScrapColoring.com offers some great, easy-to-use technology that encourages the user to color online. I hesitate to say “child” users because I had a pretty good time coloring a page myself!
The artist can:
- Select from a large collection of images to color, organized by theme. Selected images are placed inside of the coloring program which includes many options for patterns, in addition to basic solid-color coloring. Kids would really have a blast experimenting with the different patterns (I know I did!).
- Upload a photo to be converted into a coloring page.
- Enter in a name or two-lines of text to be colored. For example, the user could put in Happy Birthday!, From Nick and color a page with those words. Then, the user could email the page to family member.
- With the program, adults can also create a patterned background for their desktop, blog design, Twitter page or for digital scrapbooking. Of course, you can also print a patterned background for homemade cards and print scrapbooks. Example from pattern generation shown below.
- When finished, the artist has the option to print, but can also email the page or share in a number of social networks. Save trees!
Overall, I’m a fan of ScrapColoring for how it embraces the digital age, encouraging online art-making for all ages. An endless digital coloring book is certainly the eco-friendly choice.