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A Dragonfly Coloring Book Offers Fun and Creative Expression
Dragonflies have always enchanted human beings. You can find this lovely, ethereal insects in the folklore of many different countries and in mythology from around the world. There is something hypnotic and inspiring about watching these unique flying species. They come in a wide array of colors and patterns that make them the perfect image for creative expression. A dragonfly coloring book is sure to allow you many opportunities to exercise your artistic sense.
What You’ll Find In A Dragonfly Coloring Book
Your dragonfly coloring book will provide a variety of shapes and sizes of dragonfly for you to design as your imagination directs. You will also find some of the lush environments in which dragonflies are found, the waterways, marshes, bogs and ponds, which will help you to create the most authentic representation for your subject. From page to page, you can let your imagination run wild as you create the natural setting you see in your mind’s eye for your current image.
Why Are Dragonflies So Colorful?
We think of dragonflies as very colorful throughout their lives, but the fact is that dragonflies within the same family can be different colors. Dragonflies can also be different colors at different times of their development cycle. Female dragonflies are generally differently colored than male dragonflies, but before they mature, male dragonflies can take on female coloring, and females can take on male coloring. Their colors all help in the ability to attract mates and continue the species, as well as to camouflage them from predators.
Having Fun Coloring Dragonflies
You can color your page to be highly realistic, following colors and patterns taken from dragonflies you have actually seen or from pictures in books. But you can also create fantasy dragonflies with designs never seen in nature, that come completely from your imagination. Try dragonflies created in primary colors, or tone-on-tone dragonflies. It’s easy to imagine “vampire dragonflies” in somber colors, or “fairy dragonflies” in pale pastels. You can mix and match color palettes to make dragonflies never seen before, in environments that mimic nature or environments that look like they are from another planet.
“Natural” Color and Structural Color Effects
One of the great pleasures of a dragonfly coloring book is the ability to create different variations from page to page. Dragonflies are often a mix of colors. Some of these colors may be considered “natural,” such as black, reds, browns, yellows or greens. Other species may have a very unnatural look, with metallic shades, iridescent tones and pearlescent. These special colors are a result of how the body of the dragonfly is built, with different planes of the body and the different veins needed to bring feed the body part. Some of them may look a bit like robot insects, manufactured out of solid materials. By using different types of coloring pens, pencils and crayons, you can create many different looks for your dragonflies.
Using Coloring Materials To Create A Unique Dragonfly Image
A dragonfly coloring book gives you many opportunities to experiment. You can try different types of coloring media to vary your designs. Crayons often offer the most versatile coloring opportunities, because the large boxes offer many different variations in tone. Some crayon packs offer metallic tones that are perfect for coloring dragonflies with exotic representations for their eyes, bodies and wing parts. However, you may want to try the variety of drawing pencils that are available that can provide unique looks for your dragonfly images. Color pens are also an interesting choice, that can give you variety in the type of coloring experience, as well as the effects they allow.