One-sided coloring Books are perfect for those who love to color with markers or take their pages out of the book to color. Many of these one-image-per-page books also have perforated pages. People seem to be having a hard time finding these so here are several I’ve seen in person and/or colored in.
Christine’s faces are so fun to color in and are perfect for learning how to shade and highlight all types of faces. All of her books are one-sided so just pick the style you prefer and color away. She also sells her images to print and color which is what I’ve done to reduce my giant stack of coloring books. It’s not as cost-effective for sure, but sometimes I just see an image, fall in love with it and want to color it right now. Check out her shop here.
This coloring book contains mostly portrait-style illustrations of characters from different worlds, personalities through times and from fantasy lands, including some animal and bird companions. It is also a greyscale book that really helps new colorists and artists learn where shading and highlights go on a human face. Released 12/21 Click to order Amazon US, UK, Canada, France & Spain
This is the book that I’ve purchased several images from Christine’s Etsy Shop to print and color in and it’s my favorite. Instant downloads on Etsy here. Click to order Amazon US, UK, Canada, France & Spain
Jane Monk’s Coloring Books
A favorite for new colorists are Jane Monk’s books which not only have nice thick perforated pages printed on one side, but they also sport several pages at the beginning of the book with information on the color wheel, how to choose colors, how to blend, shadow and shade using different materials and all sorts of helpful tips for new colorists.
52 Drawings to Finish and Color. This book also contains instructions on how to create your own tangles for mandalas.
Tangled Gardens by Jane Monk
I found this gorgeous botanical coloring book while I was on vacation in NYC and I was so happy that I had plenty of room in my suitcase for it as I didn’t want to wait one more second. It’s beautiful beyond measure and then let’s talk about the PAPER!! Thick, thick with easy-to-remove pages perfect for those of you that like to take pictures out to color and then display or frame.
These would make fantastic works of art for your home or for a gift. Floribunda contains 20 pages of illustrations and an introductory page as well as front and back colored images which are great examples if you are new to shading flowers. It measures 10 by 13 inches and is glue-bound into a colorable matte finish cover. It features black-and-white botanical illustrations. It’s not just me that has gone goofy for this book! Look at some excerpts from Amazon “This is the most beautiful and perfect coloring book for adults I have come across….I own many coloring books, but I only want to color in this one.~ Tom” “This may be the most gorgeous adult coloring book that I have found. Even though I have a ton of adult coloring books, I am very, very picky on what I buy. Ms. Duly’s book is a true work of art. ~ Kantar” All you marker people out there. THIS is the book for you. Copics, Spectrum Noir, Tombows, Sharpies.. whatever you coloring passion.
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We received this coloring book for review from the Green Leaf Book group and were thrilled with the variety of flowering images to color. From whimsical to botanic drawings this flower-filled coloring book includes work from dozens of artists. The paper is medium weight and printed on one side only. click to by US, UK, Europe Canada
More One-Sided Coloring Books for Adults
Sometimes I get a little too excited when I see a book that has until recently only been available in the Asian or European market and that’s how it was with
It’s technically NOT a one-sided book because in the bottom left corner of each page is a cat illustration that when you flip the pages works like a flip book we baby-boomers will remember. The other side of the page features gorgeous images of the adventures of a bicycle and a cat as they roam through town and countryside.
The Bicycle Coloring Book follows the fantastic journey of a bicycle exploring an unknown world without its rider. Bursting with intricate illustrations that evoke both Japanese anime and Western street art, the beautiful scenes cry out to be colored in amazing detail. As you color don’t forget to look out for the bicycle’s cute companion (there are a few pages I still haven’t found him in yet) and the illustration details that form a cleverly designed flipbook. A stunning gift book that will appeal to lovers of cycling and urban art, as well as to committed coloring-in fans. You can see my current WIP (Work in Progress) From The Bicycle Book here
De-Ann Black has a large selection of one-sided Gardening Coloring Books including Fairie Garden Spring, Summer Garden, Flower Bee, Spring Garden, Autumn Garden, Wild Garden, and Flower Hunter. I’ve not gotten the chance to color in any of hers YET but they look just beautiful and have great reviews. Her books are all printed on one side. US UK Canada
A new favorite fun book is this one done in Chalk Paint style
If you are a marker-loving colorist then you will ADORE this one-sided book. I tested it with Tombows and loved the result, click to see it on my Instagram.
All the beauty of coloring with chalk but without the mess! These 32 hand-drawn designs celebrate life’s little moments with all of the charming imperfections of original chalkboard art. Relax and fill them with color to create your own rustic-chic masterpiece. Each whimsical white line illustration is presented on a textured black background, just like a real chalkboard. You’ll be delighted by the way warm colors, bright colors, neons, and lighter pastel shades really pop from these designs. Use light-colored pencils and gel pens to personalize your work with lettering, flourishes, and patterning. Talented chalkboard artist Deb Strain provides useful coloring tips and tricks, along with beautifully colored examples to help get you inspired. Each inspirational design is printed on one side only of high-quality, extra-thick paper, perforated for easy removal and display. Buy US UK Canada
Each whimsical white line illustration is presented on a textured black background, just like a real chalkboard. Talented chalkboard artist Valerie McKeehan provides useful coloring tips and tricks, along with beautifully colored examples to help get you inspired. Each design is printed on one side only of high-quality, extra-thick paper, perforated for easy removal and display.” Purchase US UK Canada
Interested in learning Chalkboard Lettering styles so you can create your own? Check out artist Valerie McKeehan’s book The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering. I ordered it as well and haven’t gotten started on it yet but it looks fantastic with dozens of styles to learn and step-by-step instructions for beginners.
Budget Friendly Creative Haven one-sided coloring books
One of the first books I bought was a Creative Haven book and all of those are one-sided. The paper isn’t super thick but works nicely with Prismacolors or Crayola Colored Pencils. Art markers will bleed through but we always recommend putting a piece of copy paper behind the image you are coloring not only to prevent bleed-through but also to protect the next picture from indentations that might happen if you have a heavy hand when coloring like some of us do.
Angela Porters coloring books are one of the very first I started with and they are still a favorite.
Belles & Blossoms – hirty-one beautifully intricate flower designs are paired with delicate female faces and figures to make a truly fanciful and fashionable coloring book.
Celebrate the beauty of nature with these thirty-one sophisticated floral designs to color. Each full-page illustration is printed on a black background, creating eye-popping, dramatic images of enchanting flowers. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. – US UK Canada
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