I never thought I would say this, but I like coloring books: the fancy ones. I find the designs by Johanna Basford inspiring, and coloring in these pages offers a nice creative break when I’m writing mind taxing code.
My Coloring Book Valentines
After staying up late working on a big website coding job, I took a little mind break before bed and started doodling. My doodling lead to a little heart design, and I thought it would make a fun little printable Valentine download for my Etsy shop. I finished the “doodles” over the next few days and ended up with these sketches.
I traced my sketches in ink with my light box, scanned them into my computer and then cleaned the drawings up in Photoshop.
Below you can see them printed out and cut up into Valentines:
Here’s a close up of one of the Valentine designs. I took some inspiration from Scandinavian designs.
Here is the same design with some of the coloring done:
Taking a cue from Johanna Basford, you can see some fun hidden details in each Valentine.
Check out my Coloring book Valentine designs at my Etsy store to print and color your own!
Happy Valentine’s Day!