Gather your supplies
- Fine tip artist’s pen in colour of choice (we used a Faber‑Castell Pitt artist’s pen)
- Artist’s quality colouring pencils
- Fabric lampshade in white
- Lamp base, to suit
Using the designs from a colouring-in book for inspiration, transfer your skills from paper to a plain white lampshade. First, mark your chosen designs with a fine tip artist’s pen, then get busy with a stack of pencils in your favourite colours to fill in and brighten up your design.
Choose your favourite illustrations from colouring books. Carefully draw the designs onto your lampshade with artist’s pen. You can lightly draw designs with a fine pencil first, then draw over the top with artist’s pen.
Holding the lampshade firmly on your workbench or your lap, use coloured pencils to gently colour the marked designs. We used pencils in shades of blue, green and purple, with highlights in gold.
Fit your lampshade onto lamp base, ensuring it sits level. Now that you can see the lampshade in position and lit up, add more colour to balance out the appearance of your design, if necessary.