Colouring Challenges

Sometimes it’s hard to find inspiration for your colouring pages. We can get stuck in a rut always choosing our favourite colours or working in a particular way.

So here’s a list of 10 challenges that you can try, do them all separately even though some may work for a few challenges.

I’ve written these because personally I can get rather uptight about my colouring books and before I get too far into any of them I really need to break the fussiness of each book must be done in a certain way.

I thought that I had to colour all my Johanna Basford books using my Inktense pencils, my Millie Marotta with the Stabilo pens and I had Zen Colouring for my Promarkers. I also really enjoy colouring with shading and blending, but forgot that flat colour can be just as enjoyable.

Is there anything you struggle to do when colouring?

Have fun and enjoy colouring for more than just that one way of doing things.

Use One Colour

This works best with coloured pencils as you can apply different amounts of pressure with the pencil to vary the tone. This will also help you refine the skills in other projects because you have to think more about the amount of pressure you are using.

No Green Leaves

We all do it, when we see leaves out come the green pencils. Break the monotony by choosing different colours for your leaves, if you find it hard to break realistic colours go for an autumnal colour pallet first then progress on to things like purples, links and blues.

Colour With Dots

This one will take a while and is probably best attempted with fineliners or something with a good point, but instead of just filling an area with solid colour fill it with lots of dots.

Use A Colour You Hate

Got a colour that you always avoid using, get it down on the paper as the main colour for that page.

Don’t Look

Obviously look at what you are colouring but don’t look at the pen or pencil you are choosing. If you have a really organised colour collection use a random number generator and count from the beginning of the box. This will break colour habits and can give you some really amazing results.

Tip: If you aren’t quite ready to attempt challenges in your favourite books use downloadable pages or get a colouring magazine like relax with art to try out challenges.

Split It Up

Draw a couple of straight lines on the page to break up the image, colour each section differently.


Red, orange, yellow, green blue, indigo, violet. Use the colours of the rainbow, either in order or not, to complete your picture.

Mix Your Media

Using different media can highlight certain parts of the image break habits by working with mixed media in one image.

Back To Your Childhood

Colour with kids crayons, something just for fun if you really don’t feel like anything else.

Leave Some White

You don’t colour the whole picture, choose areas to leave as white use the paper as a point to fade out to rather than an actual colour. In some colouring pages just the line art as the background can look fantastic or try it with something from the foreground.