For all the time and effort colorists put into them, finished coloring pages, drawings and doodles have a way of piling up in drawers and dusty corners. We don’t know about you, but we’re always looking for ways to turn our favorite project into something a little more permanent.
Try these gorgeous ways to display the art you’re proudest of. When you’re done, you can give them as thoughtful gifts or save them for home décor.
Note: The first two options are DIY—all you’ll need are your finished art pages and the appropriate supplies! The last three require you to convert your artwork into a digital format. To do this, you’ll need to scan or photograph the drawing, and perhaps touch it up with a design tool. For assistance with this step, turn to a tech-savvy friend, or go to a print shop and enlist their help! (If you have a scanner yourself, this handy tutorial shows you how digitize drawings without Photoshop.)
DIY Some Glass Bead Magnets
Refrigerator magnets are great ways to pin up notes while adding some art to the kitchen. Follow this tutorial to turn your favorite snippets of art into gorgeous little baubles that anyone can use! Because of its simple DIY nature, and the fact that it doesn’t require an entire coloring page to create, these also make for great last-minute gifts. (Mother’s Day is coming up quickly, you know.)
Make a Mandala Plate
Similar to the above craft, all you need to decorate a glass plate is your artwork, scissors and some craft-friendly sealant/fixative (Modge Podge is our go-to). Simply select your favorite drawing, carefully cut it out, and then seal it to the bottom of the plate! Mandalas work well because of their inherently circular design, but anything goes when you’re getting creative!
Customize a Tapestry, Throw Pillow or T-Shirt
Unless you’re a top-notch embroiderer or are versed in high-level clothes dying, these next projects will require the added step of digitizing your drawing. It’s admittedly not as easy as cutting and gluing. That said, once you get your magnum opus on the computer, you can forever use the file for custom designs! Whether you use a local print shop or a web service like Shutterfly or Society6, you’ll have plenty of choices on how to immortalize your artwork.
Order a Custom Mug
Now you can strut your artistic stuff whenever you’re sipping on coffee or tea. (Heck, we like showing off so much that we’ve taken to drinking water out of our mugs.) Use your digitized file at a local printer who offers mug printing, or an online service. The aforementioned Shutterfly and Society6 will work, though it might be worth scouring the internet for more affordable options.
Feature Art on your Phone Case
Perhaps the only thing we use more often than our coffee mug is our phone. (Well, barring gel pens of course!) It still takes us by surprise when a random passerby compliments our phone case as we’re mindlessly browsing Zentangle patterns and blending techniques. It always leave us with a big smile—it will do the same for you! Search Google for “custom blank phone cases,” replacing “blank” with your phone type! The newer and smarter your phone, the more options you’ll have!
Super secret tip: depending on the material it’s made of, you can actually draw right on the back of some phone cases! Sure, you won’t be able to recycle your favorite coloring page, but you can try to copy it or just doodle away. After the ink has dried, apply a clear fixative to seal and protect your design. Check out this case decorated by a GelWriter fan (full picture here)!
We hope you’ve got a couple new ideas for turning your coloring archives into great gifts and decor! If you take on any of these projects, we’d love to see the finished product—share it with us on our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram with @gelwriter or #gelwriter!