Add Texture to Your Coloring Pages with these 9 Easy Tricks

Challenge yourself and get creative with these nine interesting textures to add to your coloring pages.

By Thea Voutiritsas

Texture can add some serious visual interest to adult coloring pages. While there are plenty of ways to create the illusion of texture in your art, sometimes we colorists want to flex our creativity a bit more than that. So if you’re not afraid to get a little messy, check out these nine unique tricks that’ll give your 2D designs some impressive 3D texture.


1. Texture Rubbing

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This technique is just like the fall leaf rubbings you probably made as a kid. Try placing interestingly textured objects underneath your coloring pages to see how they can change up a look. We’d recommend starting with corrugated cardboard, pennies, sandpaper, or dry glue on paper. There are even textured rubbing plates you can purchase if you’re having trouble finding the right objects to use.


2. Glue

hot glue
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Create cool textures, dots, and 3D lines on your coloring pages using whatever glue you like—school, craft, and hot glue will all work. You can experiment with coloring underneath or on top of your glue designs to see what cool effects you can create.


3. Salt and Watercolor

salt and watercolor
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This well-known trick is an oldie but a goodie. Simply sprinkle some salt over freshly painted watercolor designs. When it dries, gently brush the salt away to create a sparkly, speckled look.


4. Cellophane and Watercolor

plastic wrap and watercolor
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This trick couldn't be easier. Slap some crinkled plastic wrap on top of a wet watercolor design and let dry. Then, peel it away to see what kinds of crazy shapes are left behind. You can experiment with how smooth or wrinkled you’d like the plastic wrap to be to change up the look.


5. Sponge Painting

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Sponges come in many shapes and sizes that you can use to your creative advantage. Try using a porous sea sponge to dab paint onto your page, or a smooth dish sponge for a finer pattern. Sponges are a great way to create the illusion of fluffy clouds, sea foam, or even fuzzy socks!


6. Melted Crayons

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You don’t have to glue an entire box of crayons to a canvas to make some cool crayon art. Rather than melting the whole pack, try just using one crayon at a time. Simply aim a warm hair dryer at the tip of your crayon as you color, and see just how smoothly the melted wax glides onto the page. Just be sure not to overheat the crayons or you’ll end up with large puddles of wax across the page. Rather than blasting the crayon with heat, heat the crayon and color in short bursts for more control. Also, remember to hold the crayon towards the back end to avoid burning your fingers with the hairdryer.


7. Cotton Swab Stamps

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Feeling inspired by the art of pointillism? Use a cotton swab to create dots in your next design! You can also hold a bundle of cotton swabs together and use them as a stamp. You’ll create clusters of dots that are great for filling in tree leaves or large areas of a page. Of course, these dots will be much larger than your typical Seurat painting, but you’ll get an almost abstract result that's sure to push your creative boundaries a bit.


8. Glitter

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Loose glitter can be a fun way to add some sparkle coloring pages, but it can definitely get messy! You can squeeze thick lines of glue onto your page for a glitzy puff-paint kind of look, or smooth on thin layers of glue before applying glitter for a flatter, simpler appearance.


9. Colored Sand

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This one can get a little messy as well, but colored sand is a fun way to add some 3D texture to your designs without the shimmer of glitter. Attach the sand with a thin layer of glue for a smooth, beachy look or use thicker lines for more of a puff-paint feel.


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