Sunday, January 25, 2015

Large Format Coloring Pages

For a while now, people have been asking me if I have large format designs.  At first, I didn't want to go in that direction.  But last summer at the Bookstock book fair, a woman stopped at my booth who was an executive for several nursing homes and she convinced me that it is something I should explore.

My first step was to blow up one of my current designs to fit a 24x24 inch poster - something that would fit on a card table- and have it printed.

I was surprised at how difficult is is to find a printer who will make a large format print on uncoated paper for a decent price.  Even this one, the cheapest I could find, was pricey. (You folks are going to have to pay more than you think for this - $20-22 -- at least at first until I find another source.)

Also, you can't see it in this photo, but the design is too open.  It was designed for a small page and now, while it looks good from a distance, the elements are a bit large for coloring and the lines aren't as smooth as I would want.

SOOOOO...  I decided I will simply have to create some designs scaled especially for this size.
Yesterday I got the bug in me about this and designed something large and complex.

Six movies and much hair pulling later, I finished my first large format design. ( I had to get up and dance between movies so my sit-bones didn't crack and fall off.  Oooooo Ooooo Child, things are gonna get easier....)

It's pretty complex - perhaps a bit too much so.  I 'm leaning toward offering different styles at different levels of complexity.  In any case, I've begun this process.  You may see a new one every once in a while.  I will have them printed up once I have a half dozen designs - sometime this winter. 
Stay tuned!


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