Gazing into the stars is an activity enjoyed by our ancestors since the dawn of our species. And no wonder, the night sky offers endless mystery and beauty to explore. It is no surprise that coloring the stars offers delights for coloring enthusiasts of any age or background. Read on for ways my family delights in decorating free-to-print star coloring pages.
Welcome to our collection of free STARS coloring pages. Click the star pictures or illustrations you like and you’ll be taken to the PDF download and/or print page. Every star coloring page is a printable PDF and/or can be downloaded.
A Dazzling Array of Twinkling Nights
Inspiring artists for time immemorial, the stars can be as simple or as stunningly complex as a budding creator desires. From the simple 5-pointed shape that inspired my son’s earliest attempts at coloring in the lines to the planetary configurations in a futuristic deep-space scene we now work on together, the possibilities are as limitless as the far reaches of space. Tracing stars coloring pages is an excellent practice for young children learning to control their crayons, helping them build those early writing skills that prepare them for Kindergarten and beyond. Stars also allow a lot of room for creative interpretation, allowing developing artists to practice layering, lining, and blending techniques or try out different mediums.
Take Inspiration From Deep Space for Starry Coloring
Just a quick search of the collection of night sky photography will give you a lot of inspiration for color schemes. Consider the vibrant pinks and purples, vivid reds, and pale blues of the nebulas that birth the stars— or the color of the stars themselves, white-hot blues, fiery reds, yellow-gold, or swirling oranges. Think beyond crayons to add color to your pages. Colored pencils, gel pens, markers, and oil pastels are all good options to use on printed coloring pages. Printed on heavier stock, you can explore mediums like acrylics, watercolors, and inks to create beautiful starry pages.
Add a Little Razzle-Dazzle to Your Night Scene
No longer limited to bright yellow, stars come in a remarkable array of colors. We like to experiment with layering thick coats of colorful crayons and using scratch techniques to bring out the layers. Younger children with thicker crayons seem to love helping lay down the heavy color. We sometimes experiment with different pointed tools to scratch off the layers.
Stars also lend themselves well to collage projects. Color several starry pages, cut out the stars (with supervision or assistance for smaller kids), and layer them over an inky night sky. You can also use torn paper with kids who don’t enjoy coloring with crayons to fill in larger star shapes. My son is usually more enthusiastic about ripping up and gluing paper than filling in large pictures.
For extra sparkle, use colorful glitter glue, so excess adds to the scene. Alternatively, color the stars with glitter crayons. Or play with gradients and create a dusky sunset scene with ripped construction paper or tissue paper in dark blues and purples over a black sheet. Blended gradients are also a delight with star coloring pages. Start with a darker hue, like a medium orange, in the star’s center and add three or four lighter colors as you move to the outer edge for a fun effect.
If you print your star coloring page on thicker stock, you can use an old toothbrush to add a blanket of tiny stars to the backdrop of the coloring page. Try it with metallic colors for striking impact! Dip the brustles into watered down acrylic, tempura, or ink and lightly tap the brush’s handle above the page. Ensure the area is well covered before you do this, as it will spray broadly.