Why buy Christmas cards, when you can create?

Taking some quiet time with a colouring book is the perfect way to escape the pre-Christmas rush. If you prefer creating your own drawings rather than colouring in, you can delight your family and friends by designing original Christmas cards and gift tags. STAEDTLER coloured pencils, fineliners and fibre-tip pens will turn hand-made and coloured-in designs alike into vibrant artwork.

This year no pile of presents under a Christmas tree should be without the fittingly-titled colouring book, “Johanna’s Christmas”, by bestselling artist and global STAEDTLER ambassador, Johanna Basford, together with STAEDTLER colouring products.

Swirling snowflakes, sweet candy canes and brightly decorated Christmas trees: Adult colouring Queen, Johanna Basford’s, new colouring book ‘Johanna’s Christmas’ brings the Christmas spirit to all fans of adult colouring. The Scottish illustrator has been working with STAEDTLER products to get her ideas down on paper since she was a student.

Joanna suggests that to make the finished pictures really come alive, try experimenting with a wide spectrum of shades to show subtle nuances in colour. 

The STAEDTLER range offers endless opportunity for creative expression.

colouring pensSTAEDTLER triplus fineliners - superfine, metal-clad tips ensure you can colour in even the most intricate designs with complete precision.
STAEDTLER triplus color fibre-tip pens - have a one-millimetre line width that enables filling larger areas quickly and cleanly – a big Christmas tree, for instance, or the broad branches of a holly bush.
STAEDTLER ergosoft coloured pencils - soft and richly-coloured leads mean you can blend individual colours easily with each other. The triangular shape and velvety soft surface ensure a good grip and relaxed colouring.


How Johanna creates colour in book cover

Johanna Basford uses the STAEDTLER Mars micro mechanical pencil for sketching out her patterns. This mechanical pencil is especially good for fine detail. When using a compass, for instance to draw a circular frame, she recommends the STAEDTLER Mars Lumograph, which comes in 20 different degrees.

Once she has her idea down on paper, the author draws over the pencil sketch with STAEDTLER pigment liners. These have indelible pigment ink and are available in line widths ranging from 0.05 mm to 2 mm for the most intricate details. According to Basford, they are perfect for creating even the finest lines, for instance thin veins on foliage.

And then your artwork is ready to be coloured in. If you want to give your work a glitzy and glamorous finish, apply sparkling festive accents using STAEDTLER metallic markers in gold and silver. These are suitable for creating opaque writing and decoration on light and dark paper and on cardboard – a glamorous look which also adorns the covers of Johanna Basford’s books.

More information about adult colouring, including fascinating tips on the most important basic colouring techniques, free colouring templates to download and product recommendations is available at www.staedtler.com.au.

Or visit #myCreativeEscape for a creative journey into the world of colouring!