Happy Thanksgiving!

Please enjoy these free coloring pages with your whole family.

Click on each image to download the corresponding page. Download one, or download all three. Enjoy! (And keep scrolling for more goodies.)

Printing Instructions: Using most home office printers, you can print this PDF onto the paper of choice. The benefits of printing a digital file instead of buying a traditionally published coloring book is that you can print on heavier paper or card stock–even watercolor paper–and you can also experiment with different techniques on the same image. I recommend you print one page at a time to ensure you have chosen the right paper settings. Select: choose paper source by PDF page size.

Paper choice: For gel pens, I recommend Borden & Riley #234 Paris Paper for Pens 108lb 9x12 inch pad. For colored pencils I recommend bright white card stock 80lb 8.5x11 inch pad or for slight texture, Fabriano Idea Pad 72lb 8.5x12 inch pad. For watercolors or watercolor pencils, try Canson Cold Press 140lb 9x12 inch pad.

This PDF is for personal use only. Personal use means non-commercial use of the images for personal entertainment and enjoyment. The images may not be used in any way whatsoever in which you charge money, collect fees, or receive any form of remuneration. The images may not be used in advertising. The images may not be resold, relicensed, or sub-licensed. You may, however post images on social media or review sites. Please credit the illustrator, Kerry McQuaide. Thank You!

If you’d like more free coloring pages to download and print, click here.

The sampler of coloring pages from The Art Around the World Series should entertain moody teenagers* and anxious aunts alike. *Results may vary. Seriously, even teenagers can enjoy the soothing effects of coloring. Coloring reduces anxiety and alleviates stress and grief.

“In the simplest terms, coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries. But it also “brings out our imagination and takes us back to our childhood, a period in which we most certainly had a lot less stress.” This leads us immediately and unconsciously to welfare, exposes the specialist.

“I recommend it as a relaxation technique,” says psychologist Antoni Martínez. “We can use it to enter into a more creative, freer state.”

Sounds good!

If after today you get on a coloring kick, join us for the 12daysofcolor Coloring Challenge.

Do you need a little boost for your creativity?
Do you need to turn your brain OFF for a little while?
Maybe you need a little inspiration to get into a creative project? NO PRESSURE! Only fun! Join us for the FREE #12daysofcolor creative challenge.

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What’s #12daysofcolor?

#12daysofcolor is a coloring challenge meant to jumpstart your creativity. And let you take some time for yourself. It’s time for you to turn off your brain and get into a state of flow.

Where do I sign up?

Visit http://kerrymcquaide.com/12daysofcolor/, sign up for the challenge and you will get the #12daysofcolor color inspirations in your inbox.

When does it start?

The first emails go out starting December 1st.

What do I do exactly?

I have this handy little explanation:

What exactly is a creative challenge?

Many of us face a barrier when we want to express ourselves or get started on a creative venture:

CHOICE.

Which project? Which medium? Where to start?

The dreaded blank page.

There are too many decisions to make before we ACTUALLY get started. It’s exhausting even thinking about it, when life is so crazy. But this is exactly the time we need enter into a creative flow!

Coloring makes people feel, “calmer, mentally clearer, happier, and more relaxed. This is not surprising when you consider that all arts and crafts hobbies have the power to focus the brain similarly to meditation.”

Not only that, but coloring can act as a kind of creative warm up to other creative and artistic activities!

Creativity is actually stimulated by constraints. And that is what the #12daysofcolor is all about. 

Each day, for 12 days,  you will receive a color palette—colors that look great together. You can either choose from the 12 free coloring pages I will send you or you can work from your own favorite coloring book if you prefer. Then you post a picture of your page (it does not need to be finished or perfect!)

Why would I do a creative challenge?

It’s so much fun to be a part of something bigger. You have motivation and accountability. Too often we take care of ourselves last. The creative challenge gives you a reason to enjoy a little relaxation and mindfulness!

Plus, you can see what like-minded creative (or closet-creatives) are doing too. Color your page for #day1 with #day1 colors.Then post your work and you browse the vastly different creations we made, all using the same color palette.

But I don’t like crafts or coloring.

Okay, then this is definitely not for you! You can share this page with the artist or closet-creative in your life, though. They might be looking for a little boost for their creativity. You can also see what others create if you search #12daysofcolor starting December 1st.

💕 Kerry

p.s. Don’t forget to enter the Holiday Coloring Giveaway here!