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Downloadable PDF coloring sheet: rebus coloring
This was a wordy verse! Is that a word? Wordy? Well, anyway...I couldn't break it down, I wanted the entire verse to be in the artwork, and that doesn't leave a lot of space for a large central drawing. As I read it over and over, several pictures came to mind--and I realized I was reading it almost like a rebus. Remember those from preschool/kindergarten? When a word is substituted with a picture. Maybe back to school time helped form that idea. But the more I considered the words, I found that they are difficult--yet so simple. Again I felt the connection to the rebus. That cemented the decision and I formulated a plan.
These are the substitutions:
- The cross = Christ
- stick person = you
- 2 = to
- needle = so
- dove = peace
- earth = world
Creating the artwork is pretty easy! Most of the symbols are super basic . The dove is a little harder--confession: I searched Pinterest for dove tattoos! I knew it would be a simple line drawing! I often use this trick to find simple outlines for different drawings.
- Using a ruler draw 8 lines across the page.
- On the top line, draw a long arrow. I actually used the line for the bottom of the arrow.
- Write the words and rebus symbols in pencil. I have the spacing all figured out for you! When you are done, then go over it in marker (just in case).
- The design needed some color; add rectangles of color around each word and color in the symbols. You can use any medium for this: crayons, markers, gelatos. I used watercolor.
- Use a different medium or a slightly different shade to outline each rectangle to make them pop.