We're back with another behind-the-scenes look at how we created our Monkey Business print. Keep reading to learn more about our design process, or click to jump to our free printable Monkey Business Coloring Pages.
Reminiscent of elaborate Indian block prints of colorful palm trees, Monkey Business evokes a jungle oasis where playful marmosets frolic among the tropical branches above you, slightly hidden from view by vibrant foliage.
Like many of our prints, Monkey Business started out as a gouache and watercolor study of delicate monkey and tree motifs.
Once dry the paintings were scanned, laid out into a repeat and recolored digitally. This process took a few weeks, with Amy and Christiane collaborating closely before presenting final designs to the rest of our small team. When the pattern was perfect we passed it along to our vendors in India who translated the artwork into beautiful hand-screen printed fabrics.
We picked our brightest hues yet for this collection. Pink Basil pops with vibrant greens and bright pinks on a white ground, and Amethyst pairs bold jewel tones with a soft lavender base.
Monkey Business Coloring Pages
We're big proponents of finding ways to add mindfulness practices into your daily routine (you can learn more about the benefits of gratitude and mindfulness journaling on our blog). While we love writing and meditation as outlets, as creatives we also love finding artistically stimulating ways to let go and embrace the present. That's why we thought it would be fun to offer our most popular prints as free printable coloring pages!
TIP: If you have access to a laser printer, try coloring your pages with watercolor! Laser printer toner is waterproof, so the colors won't make the linework bleed. (This technique does not work with an inkjet printer)
The adult coloring trend has been on the rise over the past couple years, for good reason - coloring gives people the space to relax and relieve anxiety. Art therapists and psychology researchers have been talking about the mental benefits of coloring for decades, but more recently we've started to see an increase in coloring books and materials made for people of all ages. Designs are more intricate and refined, and materials like markers and colored pencils allow more sophisticated technique and colors than the crayons aimed at kids.
So without further adieu, let's get coloring!
Below you'll find three printable options for our Monkey Business print:
We’d love to see how you color our Monkey Business design! Be sure to share yours on Instagram and tag us @printfresh - not only will we be reposting some of our favorites, we'll also pick a winner who will receive one set of Monkey Business pajamas of their choosing.