Clever ways to Cash in on Adult Coloring

Cash in on Adult Coloring

I am hooked on adult coloring books.

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It’s downright therapeutic.

I actually was describing it to a friend the other day and actually used the sentence, “Yeah, it my thing.”….

In case you didn’t know, there is a crazy-hot trend right now involving Coloring Books and Coloring Pages for Adults. BRILLIANT. Who knew adult coloring books could be so popular?

Though the first commercially successful adult coloring books were published back in 2012 and 2013, the hobby has truly caught up and gathered momentum as a full-blown trend within the last year. Mega-selling site Amazon revealed that adult coloring books have held steady at 18 of the 20 top sellers in the Arts & Photography category in the past twelve months. Well into 2016, coloring books for adults are present within the top 20 in the book category as well.

There was a time when the sight of an adult happily coloring in public may have caused a raised eyebrow and a snarky comment or two. But now the act of coloring alone, or in a group, in a public place is socially acceptable and a common occurrence.

Cash in on Adult Coloring

If you’re interested in the adult coloring niche, you’ve probably wondered how you could create your own coloring pages to sell for an additional stream of income. There are plenty of ways that you can do this, but some methods are easier than others. Here are five easy Ways to Create Adult Coloring Pages:

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  1. Make Mandalas

Mandalas are circular patterns that are very popular with adult coloring enthusiasts. Despite the complexity of these designs, they’re not hard to make. You can use mandala software like Color Mandala. Alternatively, you can create your own mandalas using a compass and protractor. You’ll also want a clear flexible ruler to help you gauge where your different lines should appear.

  1. Create Pattern Coloring Pages

Another type of coloring sheet you may want to create is a patterned one. You can use a graphics program like Repper to create your pattern. You can also make your own pattern. Both are good options, so choose the one that works for you.

If you decide to freehand your coloring pages, try to create your first draft in pencil. This allows you to erase any mistakes you make. When you’re done with your pencil draft, use a large tip black marker to trace your outline. Now, you have a completed coloring page that’s 100% unique to you.

  1. Try Positive Affirmations

Positive affirmations are popular as adult coloring pages. They do well when you include doodles or patterns around them. You could alternatively include room to journal or record thoughts around your positive affirmations. You can use photo programs like Adobe Photoshop Elements to create your coloring pages with affirmations.

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  1. Use Photos

One way to create coloring pages is to use photos. If you plan to turn photos of someone else into coloring sheets, then you should get their permission first. You don’t want to get into costly legal battles over your coloring sheets. If you choose to use photos that you didn’t take yourself, check with the photographer to make sure you have the legal right to use the photo in commercial projects. Sites to find images that are free to use and have no royalties include and

Once you’ve chosen the photos and made sure you have the legal rights to use them (or are using images from the sites above), then you can get started. Open up a photo editor of your choice and apply a photocopy or sketch filter. If you see annoying backgrounds or spots on your photo, use a white paintbrush to remove them. Then print your newly edited photo to see how it will look like a coloring page.

  1. Buy Private Label Rights (PLR) Coloring Pages

What if you just want to dip your toe into the adult coloring market and you’re not looking to create your own designs just yet? There are solutions that might be just what you’re looking for – private label rights (PLR) coloring pages.

With PLR pages, you can add your own branding to the pages and sell them as if you created the pages yourself. This lets you explore the adult coloring niche without investing too much time creating pages. You can find PLR coloring pages available from sites like

Inspirational Adult Coloring Page Bundle #1

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Love Adult Coloring Page Bundle #2
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Don’t be discouraged if your first few attempts at creating coloring pages aren’t that great. Adult coloring designs may look simple, but creating them takes a lot of work and dedication. If this is something that you’d like to pursue, then be patient with yourself as you learn.

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5 thoughts on “Clever ways to Cash in on Adult Coloring

  1. I have to admit that I loved coloring as an adult even before it was popular. It’s very soothing. I’ve never tried making my own coloring page before, but these ideas sound fun.

    1. I agree on the soothing part! I’d love to create my own but I can barely color INSIDE the lines much less draw a straight one! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. I am looking for tips and advice for selling my work! Thank you….

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